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Madison, WI
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28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Learning from Life, Not from Textbooks – The professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are all very accomplished in their area of study, and many are leading researchers and respected leaders in the area. Because of this, we get to learn from their real-life lessons and experiences instead of being taught from a textbook.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Wide Variety – there are a lot of different places to live and the prices are usually better than that of the dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Wide Variety – there are a lot of different places to live and the prices are usually better than that of the dorm.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Unless you live in a house and have a driveway you will be paying alot for parking your car.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, but this is primarily because the university has many programs that bring in numerous students from around the world

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking on campus is ok, but if you are going to park at a parking meeter you have to make sure you will come in time before it expires or you get a ticket. There are also the parking ramps available. It is hard to find a parking place on campus because it is almost always packed.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off campus housing available at a cheaper price than on campus. The pros about living off campus are less expense, more free parking. There are always bus routes to campus. Some cons are that you are far away from campus so you can't stay on campus as late because some buses don't go out as late.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never had a time where I felt unsafe on campus unless it was late at night but that's just a different story. It is a big campus but it has many beautiful sites and new interesting buildings. There are occasional drinking parties but other than that I never heard or saw anything chaotic.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Present, Pertinent, but Controlled – In terms of illegal substances, the campus is well regulated and students using these services will not be tolerated. This is not to say that there isn't a drug culture, because there surely is. Marijuana use is the most common, though other harder drugs are available with connections. Alcohol use is in decline on campus, though, like most Wisconsin towns, there is almost literally a bar on every block. Alcohol is used commonly, but most students still manage to complete their work on time.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Wonderful Computer Labs for Hardworking Students – Over the past four years I have had my computer fight through a plethora of issues. Thankfully, all the main libraries have convenient and abundant desk- and laptop computer resources. Any student with an ID and student login can access these services with which they can further print in color and black and white, copy, and scan. Though at times the network on campus will go down and the wireless Internet will falter, overall there are few problems with the computer services on campus.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Diverse Small Town – After growing up in a town of 13,000 people, coming to Madison felt like moving to the City of Dreams. Even after four years, I still love the time I spend in Madison due to all the possibilities. There is rock climbing, bouldering, bowling, martial arts, and small movie theaters on campus as well as in the smaller sub-communities to the east, west, and south. The culture here is amazing as well. Students come from all across the globe to study at UW - Madison, so there are diverse cultural experiences from dancing to dining and foreign language tables to flipping burgers the old-fashioned American way. All these wonderful opportunities can be participated in without any worry about personal safety, because Madison is a great little town populated with friendly people. As a student, I can say that Madison is the perfect place to attend undergraduate school.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Like Everywhere Else – The people at our school is like a lot of places. There are the big athletes, the studious type, the party goers and everyone in between. Everyone is generally friendly and people like who they live with.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everyone Eats Food! Off campus food is always available here. There are many restaurants in town and offer a variety to anyone's preference. However, many places are a little pricey, so you have to make sure you know what your are getting and how much everything will cost.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My College Is the Best – The University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great college to go to. There is always something going on at any given part of the day. We have three athletic centers which provide many different classes and utilities to keep us in shape. The facilities that we have, including our student center, and our 5+ libraries our always useful and always available. The general campus vibe is always upbeat and everyone is always enjoying themselves. Of course, we can always go off campus and visit Madison, the capitol. All the shops are within a walking distance and provide more opportunities to enjoy oneself.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Convenient Enough. Hey, It's Free. Students are provided with a bus pass as part of tuition so no complaints there. There are plenty of different routes so you're bound to find your way to where you need to be eventually. Buses are often late, though I've actually missed buses because they were early which is kind of ridiculous. Some bus drivers clearly have little desire to show some compassion as they often pull away from the stop and close the door even if they see someone running. Now that sucks.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Alcohol Reliant – It's not hard to have a fun time meeting people and going out but the student population here, both girls and boys, are heavily alcohol reliant. Walk around campus and overheard conversations often revolve around stories of drunken escapades punctuated by incessant swearing. There are some pretty attractive people if you don't mind girls that sport uggs, leggings and northfaces, but social life is all about partying and not much else. A bit disappointing.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Snows a Lot – It gets pretty cold and it snows a lot but classes don't really get cancelled. Get a think winter jacket and some boots

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – If you are on a tight budget then the dining halls are for you, but, if you have the money to spend, there are hundreds of different places to eat

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Blending in to the Crowd – I don't think that I applied for enough scholarships or extra financial aid. For me, it is difficult to receive significant financial aid because I am a middle class, white female. I would reccomend looking for any small ways to receive a little extra funding, such as essay competitions, scholarships, or any other type of grant that you need to apply for to receive extra financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Couldn't Imagine Going Anywhere Else – I really love the campus and its proximity to the state capital. There are so many opportunities for the unique interests of students. Although the school is very large, it is not overwhelming and it is still possible to make your voice be heard. I can't see myself being this happy at any other school, and really value my decision to go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many Cultures and Backgrounds – There are many different ethnic groups and students of different heritages at Madison. Sometimes cultural differences can create challenges, for example, a friend of mine has a Chinese exchange student as a roommate that speaks very little english, which makes it difficult for them to communicate. Overall, no matter what background someone is from, people are able to openly express their culture and religion and still be accepted in the student body.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process just sucks in general, but that has nothing to do with how UW Madison handles things. I was always able to walk in to the Financial Aid Office & speak with an adviser and as far as I could tell, the University handled all of my documents very quickly & none of my forms were lost at any time. I just did not receive as much aid as I needed this year and had to take out a private loan, but this again is not due to any errors or hassles from the school.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Madison as an International Hot Spot – I have had the fortune of being classmates with a variety of diverse students, with different backgrounds, opinions, races, and ethnicity. While I do believe there is a lot of acceptance and tolerance in Madison (which has a reputation of being full of hippies), we do not have a sort of integrated approach to many of these students, I feel like a lot of students tend to rely on groups with similarities to themselves rather than differences. But, then again I am a relatively shy person, so maybe that's just my experience.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Bucky's Unions – The facilities at UW Madison are fantastic. The student unions, where I personally spend a lot of my time, are beautiful. Union South was just rebuilt in December 2010 and is central to the student life. It is very centered in the middle of campus, within short walking distance our Camp Randall Stadium & Kohl Center where our athletic events are held. The Memorial Union is beautifully nested near our lakeside & is a huge place in the Spring & Summer. There are always events on the terrace for the students to enjoy. Each of the unions are home to several fast food and a convenience store, mac study labs, and coffee shoppes, which all employ students. The atmosphere on Game Day is something that just has to be experienced.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Personal Experience at UW-Madison – I have met many new and different people. Everyone is welcoming and fun, so I would definitely choose this school if I had to choose a again.

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Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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Students put a lot of time and energy into their undergraduate education. Luckily for those at UW, many feel it has been a positive experience. The college atmosphere, expansive campus, and intense academics are only some of the reasons students enjoy UW so much. Students feel they are able to form relationships with other students, as well as their professors. Furthermore, UW leaves them prepared for their future.

An individual’s undergraduate experience is one of the most exciting times in their lives. It is often the first time they are away from parents and making serious decisions about their future. Therefore, it is essential to pick the best university to spend these busy years at. UW offers amazing academics, an inviting atmosphere, and energetic student body. Its location geographically makes it comfortable as well as gorgeous. The facilities are very accommodating, as is the transportation system. Though like any school, there are things that can be improved upon or changed. Parking remains a prevalent issue, for instance. Fortunately, though, issues such as diversity and improvements to the quality of the dorm food are being addressed. Students generally leave the school feeling satisfied and prepared for what’s to come. Wherever you decide to spend your undergraduate years, definitely consider the University of Wisconsin as a practical, exciting, and fulfilling option.

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