Madison, WI
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Perfect Atmosphere – I had the most amazing experience of my life living in the dorms last year. My housefellow was understanding, helpful, and extremely friendly and approachable. There was definitely a sense of community in my dorm, and we often referred to ourselves as the "Mack House family". Housing food was surprisingly good with wonderful vegetarian and gluten-free options. Having the option of lakeshore and southeast dorms means there is something for everyone. The social atmosphere was also incredible; there were always events and concerts on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: An Accepting Student Body – My campus is very accepting of people of different ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds. Although most of the students are white, I believe there is more diversity on my campus than on other campuses. There is also a higher degree of acceptance of people with other sexual orientations than I have seen anywhere else.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Madison is a great place to meet professors who will give internships and research opportunities that will give you great work experience

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – As long as you arent too over the top, you can party and no one will really bother you

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4 College Junior

Computers: Wireless Access – You can get to a computer anywhere on campus and the wireless internet is fast and accessible.

3 College Senior

Weather: Weather at UW-Madison is absolutely insane. One day it snows, the next its sunny, and then it decides to rain. That was all this past April. We went from 70 and sunny to 30 and snow in 24 hours. The seasons don't crossover like that usually but bipolar is the term that I would use to describe Wisconsin weather. You know when winter is coming and the snow is going to fall and you know when summer comes and the humidity is following along, but the few weeks spent in between seasons really tests a person's patience.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Although campus dining is only available to freshmen, I still feel that the dining halls have great food at a cheap price. Freshmen living in the dorms get reduced price food which helps them deal with the other expenses of college. Off campus, most upperclassmen don't have the luxury of a food hall so they need to really grow up fast and learn to cook their own food.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Life – Campus facilities are very well geared towards students. Most all lecture halls have comfortable seating and viable leg room. The common areas on campus (Memorial Union, Union South, etc.) are very nice and hugely popular with students and visitors alike. They provide a place to study or a place to hang out. The athletic recreation buildings on campus are also very nice and very accessible for students. Although they may get packed from time to time, there are always other things to do to occupy your time in between sets. The Kohl Center and Camp Randall are absolute state of the art venues for watching prime college sports. The Badgers are nearly unbeatable at home in basketball and football and you can tell that it is partially owed to the venues that they participate in.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There but Not There – Our greek life only composes 10% of our campus community. Although the Greeks are known by other students, they do not dominate the school by any means. Non-Greeks tend to not have the best views of Greek students; however, they are tolerable and often respected by other students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A Place for Everyone – Madison, Wisconsin is truly a "college town". The off-campus housing options are vast and comfortable. Although rent can be a bit expensive compared to other colleges, landlords are accommodating and there is a place for everyone. The many apartment and housing options can fit anyone's style. There are nicer buildings and older homes, so take your pick!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Competitive, Helpful Teammates – I am hoping to become a student within the business school at UW-Madison. I have taken numerous business courses and have seen the atmosphere of the students within the Business School. They are competitive, ambitious kids who help and support each other to excel in today's business world. Each student is a well-rounded individual whose passion for business is sparkling out of them. The UW school of business is truly an inspiring place and program.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing offers a good way to meet new people, and provides a wide variety of activities. The food however is not the greatest and could be improved.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Many of the school facilities have just been renovated and have the latest technology available, great accessibility, and provide a great study environment.

4 College Junior

Academics: There is a wide variety of course options, which are offered to students of that major and others.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: I See White People – Coming from an extremely diverse high school and attending to UW-Madison are two very different experiences. I thought that I would see many more minorities on campus but it's plainly a sea of White. Being in a class with maybe only one minority student is unexceptable. Whoever gave this school above a C- must either be White, or working for the school. I know that there are many efforts to diversify the campus scene but they need to try much harder.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: You Can Be as Involved as You Want – Greek life is a blast for all those involved, but certainly does not dominate campus. If you join, you will meet amazing friends and have a great time, but your four years will not be dominated in any way by being Greek unless you want it to. By no means do you need to be in a house to have a great college experience, but if you think it is for you, you really should give rush a try. You have nothing to lose!

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dorm food isn't outstanding, but your Wiscard can be loaded up with Campus Cash which is usable at the Memorial Union, Union South (brand new in 2011 with lots of great new food options) and different cafes. The Business School cafe is a favorite. Beyond UW dining, there are restaurants from just about every ethnicity you can think of as well as all the chain favorites like Noodles & Co, Panera, Jimmy Johns, Cosi, Jamba Juice, Potbelly, Chipotle, Einstein and Starbucks.

3 College Junior

Parking: Not as Good as It Could Be – There are several lots that offer parking for visitors and can be relatively cheap for a guest who is visiting for the weekend. However, if you plan on having a car at school finding a convenient and inexpensive spot can be hard. There are a few lots behind fraternity houses that you can get a deal at if you are lucky, but otherwise your options are pretty much either overpriced apartment complex parking or getting a city permit and hoping to find a spot on the street when you need one. You really don't need a car on campus any way, because the bus routes do a good job of getting you just about anywhere you need to go.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: A Little Scary If You Aren't Used to Being Around It – Madison has a huge population of drug users which is kind of scary if you aren't used to or comfortable with being around people who do drugs. Marijuana is prevalent but there is also a pretty big presence of Molly (especially when concerts come into town), ecstasy and even cocaine. Drinking is the much more common thing to do, but I have never ran into any peer pressure in any regard.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Great Classes, Great Professors – UW has some amazing classes with a lot of very passionate and engaging professors and teaching assistants. There is a decent variety of classes to choose from and typically several professors to choose from for most of the more general curriculum classes. There is a nice balance of small and large class sizes, but usually the very small classes don't come until later on in your degree path. My biggest complaint is that there seem to be a lot of those "weed out" classes that discourage a lot of people who just can't seem to beat the curve.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Proud School Spirit, Great Athletic Support! Being part of an athletic team at UW-Madison is very demanding - but you get lots of support, too. Every team member is assigned a tutor to help with the academic work load as well! Training and work out facilities in the University are well-supplied and available for all students to use. Fan support is big - football games are a big experience on campus. School spirit is incredible, I love it! Everyone is proud to be a student here, and have every right to be!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Supportive, Demanding, Innovative, Great Education and Great Reputation! I came to University of Wisconsin - Madison because of its reputation. It has strong science programs, an amazing campus and a liberal, open-minded student body. Like most Universities with a good reputation in research, UW-Madison occasionally has professors that are more interested in research than teaching - but for the most part, all professors I have come across do have a love for teaching and motivate their students to come to their office hours. Discussion groups are usually optional but very helpful when trying to keep up with UW-Madison's demanding classes. The bar is set higher here than other Universities! That's what makes it one of the best - along with the great quality of living here in Madison!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Okay, I Think – I'm not quite sure about campus strictness. In dorm-housing, you get written up and a ticket for underage drinking. Other offenses may be worse, but I'm not really sure.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe, Depending on Where You Are – Without a doubt, I feel safe on campus. The school even offers people to walk you home at night, if you're worried about walking alone. However, I have heard countless times that people should not walk the Lakeshore path alone at night because it's known for cases of rape. This is all a rumor, of course, so maybe it's not true.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Don't Know Much About My Major – I'm in the College of Letters and Science with a major in Molecular Biology. There isn't a lot to mention about my major at the moment because I just finished my first year of school. That means I've only taken general freshmen classes.


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Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
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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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