Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Decent – The cops and authorities realize that drinking is an inevitable part of a campus community. If your doing something stupid that draws attention to yourself then you will get in trouble. Otherwise if you keep it safe and respectable, you're fine

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4 College Junior

Computers: Plenty of Labs – plenty of computers around with wide range of easily accessible and fast wifi

3 College Junior

Academics: Engineering Program – very challenging curriculum but its preparing me well for a career and has excellent research opportunities

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food Places – There are a lot of interesting food places. Try state street and really just look around for a new place to eat.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Games!! The greatest part about UW-Madison is definitely the football games. The Badger football team is amazing and the student section is always full.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Lot to Do – Madison is a great place for a college campus. On campus is State Street with plenty of familiar restaurants and shopping - Qdoba, Noodles, Five Guys, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and more. In the fall, there's always a Badger Football game and every student will be in the stands to watch and in the winter, everyone will be at the hockey games.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Greatest Place on Earth – UW-Madison is a great experience for both the social butterfly and the hard worker. There is so much to do on and off campus and the learning experience is amazing. You definitely have to study an extreme amount to do well, but there's always time for partying after your studying.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Freezing Winter – Really nice summers, but freezing cold winters. It's so cold and snowy from November to April that it's almost unbearable to walk to class or be outside.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: WiscCard allows a student to use their money on food at any of the dining halls or restaurants at the student union, but the food in the dining halls isn't very good. In addition, there are plenty of places to get food on campus including Qdoba, Five Guys, Noodles, etc.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Horrible Help Non-Existent – A lot of professors are unavailable or don't want to really help you academically. A lot of times, they are beyond strict, they can be rude and racist. When I told one gender studies teacher I couldn't complete an assignment, she asked if was apart of my culture (the circumstances).

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: LOOK FOR ANY AND EVERY SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE – If you are an undergrad minority, you should be eligible for a few grants but SEARCH AND APPLY FOR ANY AND EVERY SCHOLARSHIP YOU CAN!!!!

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Walking and Buses Are Pretty Much the Best Option – We have a campus bus and regular city buses. However, most students walk, bike, or use a moped when there isn't snow. Virtually no parking available and paying is ridiculously high.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Student Body Is Derelict – Most students are only concerned with their social lives and not seriously dedicated to study. They are more into recreational drugs, drinking (underage), and recreational sex. More often than not, the atmosphere is unwelcoming to students of color (unless you are an athlete or assumed to be an athlete) and you will hear the ocassional racist slur.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife in Madison is amazing if you are into parting. You can be sure to find a party every weekend, however if you are not into the partying scene there is not much to do except hang out and maybe go out to see a movie and eat food.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt completely safe in Madison and believe that the campus crime is very low and that the police do a good job of keeping the crime down.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Math Major – I have just gotten accepted into the Math major and the process of applying for a math major is extremely easy and helpful. Furthermore the courses i have taken so far have been taught by truly great professors who care for their students and they strive to ensure that their students truly understand the course material. It should also be noted that the math major is highly competitive and if a class is graded on a bell curve it can be extremely hard to get a good grade.

2 College Junior

Parking: Almost Non-Existent – Bring a car and you will regret it. The busses and bike lanes are great here, and once you worry about parking and traffic on campus, they are almost always quicker for campus trips and sometimes even for trips out into the rest of the city.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Ethnic Variety! There are many greate places to eat near campus, whether you are looking for fine dining, local and organic, bar food, or all ranges of ethnic cuisine. There are many economical and delicious places to eat on State Street, all within a mile of campus. And if you venture out by bus or bike you can get to know local Madison people in more Mom and Pop restaurants.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: We Do Everything Big – The University of Wisconsin - Madison is an AMAZING university. It has a great environment. Four full seasons of fun. Football games that shake your body, snowball fights that break records, amazing lakes to relax and have a beer after class, and great academic programs. The people are fantastic. We study HARD to play HARD. After a week of hard work and BIG academic efforts, the time you have off is matched just as hard with BIG celebrations with people who do things as BIG as you do. BIG sports, BIG seasons, BIG fun, BIG academic programs, BIG success.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drink All Week – Lots of alcohol. Big school for lots of parties. Less drugs though. Drugs aren't prevalent on campus. Campus police have a tendency to break up big parties without getting participants in trouble with the Madison police.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Hustling and Bustling – Madison is a great college town. Above all, it's a great city with a myriad of activities. Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, Madison has it all. It is home to two big lakes for pontoon boats, swimming, ice skating and scuba diving. Even the bicycle paths are some of the best in the country. The Memorial Union Terrace is a great spot to hang with friends. In the warmer months enjoy the giant farmer's market around the state's capitol square. Winters are cold, but it doesn't stop the students from walking to bars or holding world-record-breaking snow ball fights on Bascom Hill.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is so much school spirit that you can't help but get swept up in it. I have season football tickets, and the games are always the highlight of my week. Hockey games are also really fun to attend. Intramural sports are hard to get in to because you have to sign up very soon to get a spot, but there is a good variety of intramural sports.

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

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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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