Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 2068 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Free Bus Pass! The free bus pass offered to all UW Madison students is the best! So easy to use!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food for Everyone – The dining halls on campus offer a large variety of menu options to choose from. Rheta's is probably the best place to eat on campus at the moment. It has stir fry and burritos made to order, fresh fruit and vegetables everyday, and buffalo wings once a week that many students look foward to. Next year there will be two new campus dining options on campus adding more competition to the cafeterias on campus.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: So Much to Do, So Little Time – State Street sits at the heart of campus. The long street holds a variety of restaurants, bars, and stores that attract a wide range of eating and shopping preferences. Also, the theaters on state street are frequented with excellent plays and concerts. Every weekend I am confronted with multiple choices of how to spend my precious free time.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Strong & Attractive – Overall, the student population is very attractive. Students here are very motivated and take care of themselves nicely. Girls tend to dress modestly and are not very obsessed with the latest fashion trends. Both genders spend considerable amounts of time working out, and people here find it appealing to be healthy and in shape.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Place to Learn – University of Madison offers endless academic opportunities. I am double majoring in History and Environmental Studies and my professors have been amazing. The school does not only teach you how to think but how to speak. 20 person discussion sections with T.A.'s help students gain a better understanding of the lecture or expand on what the professor discussed. Furthermore, professors are easily accessible and really do like speaking to students. The workload is tolerable and there are plenty of libraries and study areas like the SAC that provide students with the peace and quiet needed to get their work done.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Smooth Process – Scholarships offered by the school are very competitive and difficult to obtain unless if you are at the top of the incoming freshman class. Fortunately, I recieved grants that helped me cover most of my tuition and I never had issues dealing with the finacial aid process.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection is very diverse with a variety of different locations and prices to choose from. Most sophomores choose to move out of the dorms after freshman year because apartments can be less expensive than living in University Housing.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University Protection – Coming from a big city, I never feel afraid walking alone on campus during the nighttime. However, if it is really late there are SafeRide and SafeWalk programs where you can get a free taxi ride or have two people walk home with you. If you use the programs provided by campus you will not find yourself in a dangerous situation on campus. Personally, I have never met anyone who has fallen victim to any sort of crime while at Madison.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Go Fast! There are many apartment options off campus, with all different price ranges. Due to the mass amount of people im Madison apartment openings tend to disappear very quickly.

2 College Junior

Weather: Bring a Jacket – Winters are very cold... and long. The summer and fall are beautiful, especially with the lake but winter can be tough. You will want to come prepared with a good winter coat and boots.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Madison is probably one of the most diverse schools one could ever go to! There are so many people, locations, restaurants, activities, clubs, and more that are diverse in every way possible! Race, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, interests, hobbies, majors, activities--you name it, it's here!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of great places that are basically in the heart of campus. The only downside is that the housing rush for next year starts early--about early November. But everyone finds one, no problem. Costs vary depending on how close you are to campus, but there's one out there for every person's budget. Sharing rooms lowers the costs at most places! However, look at everything you have to pay for because it may seem like cheap rent, but add all the utilities and it may be cheaper to live in the dorms.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Pretty Smooth Process – I received a nice amount of financial aid. I had no mishaps with the process. I still made sure to call the financial aid office to make sure that they've received all of my information.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive Apartments – The apartments in Madison are pretty expensive. I was pushed to find an apartment and found one for $495 per month with 6 other roommates; I have the smallest room and I am paying the same rent. There are some less expensive ones out there though.

3 College Junior

Academics: Nice Variety of Jop Opportunities – I currently attend University of Wisconsin-Madison, and so far my curriculum has been really tough and the workload heavy. The job opportunities are vast and my major allows me to have many job choices in the field of science/animal science or even jobs in marketing or business.

4 College Freshman

Academics: French Major at UW – I love it. I have only been here for a short time, but the major and advisors are great!

5 College Student

Transportation: There are always buses prepared to drive students around the campus to assist them to getting to classes more efficently.

5 College Student

Nightlife: State Street – This is an experiecne that not all people experience. From just walking up and down state street there are many activities to experience for people of all ages. For those 21 or older the bars are lively, from shopping to stores such as Urban Outfitters or Ragstock there are several things to do while getting the ecperience of State street.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Good School – Madison has so much opportunities so it is a good school for everyone. There isn't really anything bad about it. You know right away that it is a good fit.

1 College Freshman

Weather: It's Wisconsin, so the weather pretty much sucks in the winter. It's cold and gross, make sure you bring a lot of warm clothes!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate the Scene – Madison is known as a party school, so you don't really need to go Greek in order to party. If you want you can, but it's not that big of a deal

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Speaking as a freshman who's nearly through her first semester, I'd have to say as long as you're up for making an effort to find a party, underage nightlife is fantastic. Stock up on five dollar bills, or find a way to sneak in red solo cups. Mills Street is notorious for throwing parties, frats always have something going on, although they definitely water down their alcohol (who can blame them). Sellery and Witte usually have some form of party going on on a floor somewhere, but watch out for cops. City police are really chill, but some of the campus police have no mercy. Bottom line, if you want to party in Madison, you'll be able to find a party.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Definitely Attractive. Guys are really attractive, and there are a variety of different types. You've got your classic midwestern guys, hipsters (there are a multitude of hipsters at UW), jocks, frat bros, plain bros, farmer boys (AKA short course boys or "shorties")... Pretty much any kind of guy you're looking for, we've got at least one.
Girls are, for the most part, pretty standard. Lots of the typical midwestern girls (Northface jacket, jeans, and boots. Classic every day look), hipster girls, coasties (either east coast or west coast, doesn't matter, they both look strange in Wisconsin), nice sorority girls (tri Delts!), and sorority bitties/sorostitutes (everyone except the tri Delts).

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Fashion, for the most part is really casual, and continues to get more and more casual as the Wisconsin winter kicks into gear. Everyone's smart here, so that's just a huge factor on the attractive scale. Sports gear is a big trend here, Under Armour is huge, Northface/Columbia jackets are a must have, if you're feeling classy a peacoat is really nice to have in the winter, scarves are a big trend in general... Everyone's really friendly, don't be concerned about making friends. Ever. Everyone parties. Even the kids that don't party. Nearly everyone is looking for at least a hook up, except those few people. So if you're looking for action, go to your local house party or frat party.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It Is Amazing – Although I do have some minor complaints, my experience here at University of Wisconsin has been Amazing. My favorite thing about Madison is how easy it is to get involved, and how fun it is. Most of my great experiences so far have been extra curricular. My main complaint is with Academics, Professors are great (at least from my experience), however TAs can be really nit picky and at times stupid. Humanities are not as hard as they should be, but you have to work for grades. Social Scene is crazy. It is awesome however Partying every weekend can get old. That said the people are amazing, and I've built some great memories. I love the city of Madison. Its just big enough so that its lively and vibrant, but small enough so it doesn't have the problem of real cities (don't pretend that it is a real city). Overall, I love it here, anyone would love it here, but it has its draw backs.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Quite Satisfied With the Girls – I went to a fairly hot high school, and when I came to Madison, I was a little worried there would not be as much eye candy. I assure you the girls here are quite attractive. Most of them are nice and sweet, however they are often a little prude. If guys (or for that matter girls) are worried about finding friends, I assure you, you will not have a problem. It took me all of two days to make life long friends.


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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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