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Madison, WI
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28,167
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Average
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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Facilities: The facilities are very good. There are a few workout facilities on campus and there are computers everywhere. There are two student centers, but we call them unions. There is the Memorial Union and Union South.

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Facilities: The Memorial Union is a pretty cool place to go hang out, study, or eat. It is right on the lake and they usually have a lot of cool things going on there.

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Facilities: Athletic facilities are the SERF, the Nat, and the Shell. SERF is for the southeast dorms and the Nat is for the lakeshore dorms. They have pretty much everything for athletics. The Shell, which is located in the southwestern part of campus near Camp Randall, is where the football team plays. They are all fairly new and well-equipped. There are computer labs everywhere, and most of the buildings on campus have at least a small lab. The problem is that you might have to wait for a computer, but they definitely have everything you need for schoolwork. The student unions aren't as big of a center for students as I've seen on other campuses.

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Facilities: The main union, Memorial Union, has the Rathskellar (a bar), a cafeteria, an arcade room, a pool, a terrace, a student travel center, a movie theater, and many other things. There is another union near the engineering campus and it is smaller than Memorial Union. It has places to eat, club meeting rooms, pool, arcade games, and bowling. There is also a motel there.

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Facilities: I am satisfied with all campus facilities, especially the Memorial Union and it's various clubs like the Hoofer Sailing Club.

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Facilities: The facilities are excellent. We just finished adding an extension to our main athletic center, the SERF, and we have several others spread across campus. The computers are all fast, and the students centers are great places to do things, hang out by the lake, or play arcades.

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Facilities: I find that the facilities on campus are more than acceptable, with conveniently located gyms, and the main student union located very close to the center of campus. It is hard to generalize all the buildings under one description because the buildings were built at various dates, and all have very different architectural styles.

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Facilities: It's tough to ask for more when it comes to facilities. We have at least three fully-equipped and huge gyms for students to use, the SERF, the Shell and the Natatorium, and there are computer labs all over with good equipmentThe libraries are enormous and a little daunting to find things in, but you won't want for more material.

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Campus Dining: The food in the cafeteria is all right-it's cheap if you eat in the dorms. Other places like the Union, or anywhere on State Street, are really good.

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Campus Dining: Both student unions (Memorial Union and Union South) offer great meal plans for those students living off campus.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is great! There are some excellent restaurants on State Street. My favorites are Tutto Pasta, Noodles & Co, and Qdoba. You will love State Street-there are so many cute stores and exotic restaurants!

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Campus Dining: There are lots of places to eat on campus. Dorm food is so-so, but what can you expect? The restaurants on State Street are very good. I eat there all the time. I recommend Qdoba, Noodles & Co., and Spice's Kitchen.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is great. The food in the dorms isn't bad, and there are tons of awesome restaurants within 10 minutes of walking. Most restaurants stay open late, so there is plenty of food available late at night.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus isn't that great. I lived in the private dorms, and I heard that it is better in the public dorms, because you have more choices.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall serves just that-dining hall food. It's not great, occasionally horrible, but mediocre overall. The interesting thing about the dining hall is that they have cards with nutrition facts in front of whatever food you pick. That is so you truly know how many grams of fat you are taking in with your over-processed food.

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Campus Dining: It pretty much goes without saying that most people aren't going to like their dining hall's food. Despite that, from what I've seen, they have decent things to eat. If you have a taste for anything at all, State Street has it.

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Campus Dining: State Street has Afghani, African, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Persian, Chinese and Japanese restaurants all overAnd there's a McDonald's if you don't like culture. Honestly, the best way to experience food in this town is to just walk down the street and get a table at whatever restaurant you haven't eaten at yet. Odds are you'll love it, and you can go for literally a month eating out every day before you have to eat the same kind of food twice.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are an unlimited number of places to go. Madison has something like the second-largest restaurant-per-capita in the United States.

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Off-Campus Dining: My favorite restaurant off-campus is Noodles, which serves pasta, and there are a bunch of other good ones, like Sunroom Café and Amy's Café.

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Off-Campus Dining: You've got your fast-food and then your normal restaurants. I like Madison's downtown area more because it is bigger, and there is more to choose from.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car there are tons of good places out by East Town Mall, like the Outback Steakhouse.

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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in the downtown area consist of everything someone could have a craving for, and prices range accordingly; the closer to the capital, usually the steeper the price. Some good spots include Qdoba (cheap tex-mex burritos), Noodles (cheap assorted noodles), Potbelly's (cheap hot sandwiches), Amy's Café (cheap assorted sandwiches with a semi-Mediterranean menu), Madison's Dining and Diversions (reasonably priced assorted menu), the Great Dane (reasonably priced burgers), Ocean Grill (somewhat expensive seafood), and Takara (somewhat expensive sushi and hibachi).

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Off-Campus Dining: If you are looking for high class, look around the capital area, which has a ton of great restaurants such as the Tornado Club.

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Off-Campus Dining: Madison has the most restaurants-per-capita in the Midwest. State Street is the place to go for food. BW3's is a great wing place, Qdoba is an awesome Mexican/taco place, and if you like noodles, there is Noodles & Company. Many great restaurants are all in a short proximity to each other.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants by the capital are all good, notably the Magnus and the Casbah.

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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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