Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 2086 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Student

Computers: Ever had that time where you really need to go to a computer to print something out or write a quick essay that is due in the next hour? Well, you would not find that much computers on this campus. Every computer on campus is either used for games, facebooking, or youtubing. There are low chances on school work. Campus should have more computers available to students who really need it. So play your games, use your facebook, or watch your movies when you are home. Not at school.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Low Crime and Safe Proof – When cruising through campus there is nothing to be afraid of. People are friendly and always willing to help. Last but not least, always fight for a parking spot!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strictness at the UW – It's not very severe. All rules are common sense, like no underage drinking, doing illegal drugs, etc... You can do these things, but just not get caught. It happens but I hope most under aged people are smart enough not to go on the streets drunk.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: UW Dorming – Although most buildings are older, they're great places to meet other students and make friends. The rooms are quite small, but I enjoyed living in the dorms. It is the same for all students no matter the year status. There is a variety of dorm settings, some by a quiet are near a lake, and some in the city near the capital. People who love the city can choose to live near the city, and quiet and people who like to study can choose to live near the lake. Madison is very diverse in scenery and beautiful no matter where you live.

4 College Junior

Academics: This University is very diverse and big. They have a huge student population consisted of native Wisconsinites, out of states, and international students. This school is pretty intense and competitive; work load can be over whelming, but everything is possible. Help is offered everywhere, but it is the student who has to seek it. All professors I've had were willing to help me succeed and to do well in their class.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Need a Little Color – Racial diversity is lacking on the Madison campus, but other forms of diversity are not. Thankfully, they are highly publicized, particularly in the form of student organizations.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Such a Great Place – University of Wisconsin Madison is a great school! It has everything here. It is a prestigious school, but also has a great night life and so many opportunities to learn about different cultures and religions. It's a tough school, but it is definitely worth all the work and effort. I was at another university before I got here, and now I know I never want to leave.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: State Street – State Street has so many options for off-campus dining! There are not only your typical college restaurants, but they also have so many different ethnic options such as Mediterranean, Japanese, and even a great Gelato place. Many of the places offer student discounts certain days during the week, and their prices are reasonable. There are also great upscale restaurants to take family to for a great meal and environment. State Street has it all!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Choices – There are many choices with off campus housing. There are apartments and houses. Most of the choices I looked into were a reasonable cost, they were close to campus and were in safe locations. The parking was not very good though. Here at Madison parking is an issue everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It Is All Here – There is every possible resource you would need around here, from three athletic centers to a ton of libraries. There is always something going on involving the dorms and students. It really helps you meet new people.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – There is always something to do here, whether you want to go shopping, out to eat, go on the lake or go out to have a few drinks with friends. There really is not much sitting around wondering what you and your friends should do because there are so many options. It is so lively and there are always people around no matter what the time of day or night, especially on state street.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation service is great...the bus lines are very convenient for students with travel to and from campus as well as work related travels.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is there and available but it is not a big deal if you ever attend a frat/sorority party or not....most I don't really care for it so I don't have much knowledge of what goes on and stuff.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls are all very different. Everyone usually dresses in laid-back clothes and scrubby wear because it's not like we have time to look good, just for classes. Diversity and unique-ness is openly expressed. There is a good mix of all sorts of people from all different backgrounds.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The best thing about madison, is everything! Between the city feel of one side of campus and a more rural feel on the other. The amount of clubs and activities for students to part take in is outrageous. In madison, you can never be bored there is always something to do.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Being in Madison, as anyone might know, is very liberal. Marijuana is big. Almost everyone I know does. And as for drinking, Madison is one of the biggest party school, you want to party come here.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pops Club – The meal plan is good because you are only paying for what you eat unlike other colleges. The prepared food is gross at times but always excellent salad and sandwich bars available.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School Spirit – When football season starts, all hell breaks loose!!!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Madison is known for it's partying ways and its excellent academics. With the right choices, you can soar throught your classes. TA's are always available to help you and there are always activities to do around campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In Madison, there are so many interesting and unique restaurants to visit. I am constantly finding new places that are great for any student's budget.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Good – Recently, there have been some crime issues on and near campus, but for the most part, I feel safe. There is a good service that you can call for an escort to walk you around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Hispanic/Latino Greeks – These parties are F-U-N!!! Or at least a few are. The thing that bothers me and I believe is unfair is that the minority Greek sororities/frats do not have a house. Only the Caucasian ones do.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there is not much diversity. Personally, it's difficult for me to relate to anyone because my college lacks diversity. Mostly, the number of minorities, especially hispanics/latinos on campus is so small that we all know each other for the most part.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Segrados Is UW's Savior – Before Segrados there was madison ave, but Segrados is so much better! The DJ is a lil wack at times, but its Wisconsin what do you expect. The drinks are great, the venue is dope, with a two dance spaces, 3bars, and a bowling alley. Its very Nice. Plus its the only other things to do besides greek/house parties.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Large Lecture Classes – There are alot of common prereqs for undergrads esp. Econ 101 & Psych 202. My advice is to go to every discussion! You never really learn anything in large lecture classes unless you record the lectures and take amazing notes every class. But overall large lecture classes are great for general concepts but not if you want indepth. All large lectures are accompanied by a disscussion section(best idea ever!)

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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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