Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Social Life & Opportunities for Involvement – The social life at Madison is great. There is something for everyone. While there are a good amount of students in sororities/fraternities, there are still tons of social activities, parties, and ways to make new friends for those who don't participate in Greek life. Our selection of student organizations and clubs is outstanding - there is literally something for EVERYBODY so its really easy to get involved and meet people with common interests.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Multicultural! Accepting Environment. Madison is diverse in ethnicity and culture. There are tons of international students and a fair portion of minorities. Madison is a very liberal city and very accepting of various sexual orientations. However, there are a diverse range of political beliefs among students and political advocacy is very widespread here.

2 College Junior

Computers: Crowded During Tests, but Good Wireless Internet – Libraries have computers available to use. However, these areas can get pretty crowded during midterms and finals, and sometimes there aren't any available, so it is best to have your own laptop. Wireless internet in the libraries is very fast!

3 College Junior

Weather: snows a lot but campus is usually efficient with snow removal so there hardly any days missed

4 College Junior

Transportation: buses run on a tight schedule on the campus, especially free #80,#85.
Paid buses are free with the student bus pass

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Houses V. Apartments – I lived in an apartment last year and it was really nice and conveniently located but pretty pricey. Now I live in a house a couple blocks farther away but it is a lot cheaper. My landlord is super laidback and willing to help with any issues we may be having.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Pretty Decent – Almost anything you could really want. The food is really good but you get sick of your favorites every now and then.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene? I don't know too much about it. Were a big drinking school, but it Wisconsin, the number 1 binge drinking state. BUT that's not everything. Our Students Party hard because they Work hard during the week. Football in the fall brings this out the most.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: Bars and Parties – There is always something to do. State Street has over 20 bars to choose from. They are all 21 and up, but some are more lax then others... With off-campus student housing so close, there is always a place to go before the bar, after the bar, or if you don't want to go to the bar and hang out and have a few drinks. If you aren't a big drinker, there are PLENTY of free actiities at the Union and tons of events every weekend around campus.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Average Student – There is no such thing as an average student at the University of Wisconsin. There are individuals from almost every state and many countries, from all different back, and of all ages. There is a good amount of people from Wisconsin, but since it is a high ranked school with a good education, there are also "Coasties". Everyone has a place to fit in with over 150 student organizations and clubs. No matter who you are, there will be people for you, places for you, and a major for you. Plus, there are a decent amount of good looking people ready to have a fun time once the week is over.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I live off-campus but I do take advantage of the many eateries that are available on campus. They have a nice variety at an affordable price.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think Wisconsin is pretty safe. They are cognizant and communicative when anything untoward happens on campus. They try to help students to become more proactive in staying safe. There are also safe rides and walkers available for those who need them.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Though I personally have had great TAs that I can understand, many TAs throughout campus are often not native speakers. The barrier to learning is not always the material, but the language. As I said before, my experience with TAs has not been negatively affected by such obstacles, but some of my friends speak otherwise. The diverstiy, however is excellent! It is great to see so many international students here at UW-Madison!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is readily available if you have extreme need, but as a large public university, Wisconsin has can only help a limited number of students. You are better off seeking private scholarships. That being said, the school is a great value and quite affordable compared to other Big 10 and large public universities.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is honestly no campus that does college sports better than UW-Madison. Most of the athletic teams are highly ranked, and student attendance at athletic events is phenomenal. You can't beat Wisconsin Football Saturdays. Workout and training facilities are state of the art, and the athletic department really takes care of its student athletes. All students on campus take pride in Badger Athletics.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug usage definitely exists at Madison, but alcohol is by far student's choice of substance. For the most part, if people are using drugs, it's weed. Although the drinking scene is huge, there are a lot of other things to do on campus if you choose not to partake.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not as Easy as It Looks – Applying for financial aid isn't too difficult once you have all your general and financial information at your disposal...it's dealing with securing more money after you find out the government does not think your "need" is significant enough. The search for student loans and scholarships is what take the biggest toll on students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School Pride – There is no doubt in my mind that I would choose Wisconsin again if I had to. The students understand each other and support each other in everything from academics, to sports (especially football), to the social scene. We pride ourselves in being a really huge family and love our school to no end.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting to Class – Buses are pretty much there whenever you need to get to class. There are several bus routes that are free to students and run consistently throughout the day. If you miss it, odds are another one will show up in 5 minutes or less. Walking, however, is the preferred option, mostly for socializing and the general aesthetics of the campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I have to walk 15-20 minutes to get to classes, so weather is everything. I dread cold, windy days and, unfortunately, there are many of those in Wisconsin. I think this is the biggest setback at this university.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Partying Is Very Popular – Partying is very popular. I think it is a big problem at our school.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: PT Is Very Competitive – Physical Therapy is a very competitive field. There are a lot of classes you must take, and it is all together a 7 year doctorate program (including undergraduate). The best thing about PT is you can have any undergraduate major you want as long as you have the requirements to get into the PT doctorate program. For example, I am planning on majoring in Spanish.

2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The financial aid doesn't really come to you; you have to find it. The process for me was very confusing because I tried to do it by myself since my parents are usually too busy. I didn't really know what I was doing. I wish I would have received some guidance or that the instructions were made a little more clear.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Outstanding Social Centers – With so many different social centers to choose from, UW Madison fills any student's need. From the many libraries to state-of-the-art gyms, this school has it all.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Great College Town – Madison is a great city to live in and to go to school in. The city offers many volunteer, employment, and internship opportunities. For me, the highlight of going to UW Madison is the outstanding sporting events. Lively crowds and great coaches and athletes are always a winning combination.

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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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