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Madison, WI
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28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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Average
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Computers: If you have your own computer, you might as well bring it. When you live in the dorms, it is so easy to access the Internet and check your e-mail with the Ethernet connection. If you do not bring your computer, that's fine. There are plenty of computer labs and libraries all over campus. But I highly recommend bringing your own.

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Computers: Computer labs are busy, but you can pretty much always find a computer. The large majority of people have their own computers, so that is good too. I had one and it worked out well, but it really doesn't make that much of a difference either way.

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Computers: There are tons of computer labs on campus, and I've never not been able to get one if I needed to. The dorm network is great, and the off-campus cable and DSL are easily available.

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Computers: I would suggest bringing your own computer out of convenience. The labs are usually only crowded during exam times. The computer labs in the private dorms are never crowded, and you also get free Internet in your room, so it was worth it to have a computer.

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Computers: Bring a computer, but buy a printer access card for last minute papers when your printer runs out of ink at 2 a.m.!

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Computers: We are a well-funded university, so we have tons of computer labs. Don't worry about finding one, especially if you live in the University dorms freshman year. All of them are equipped with computer labs either right in the building or below the cafeteria.

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Computers: I brought my own computer to college and have yet to set foot in one of the University computer labs. The [University] network is convenient, and anyone can access grades, register for classes, and look up school events online. If a student is living in the dorms, Internet access may be slower at certain points of the day, and the speed of file sharing programs is limited. But overall the network is fine.

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Computers: Just about every dorm has high speed Internet now. Though I'd say its pretty much necessary to have a computer, with the amount of web-based materials and research that many classes require. The computer labs aren't that bad, though, if you need them.

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Computers: Madison definitely isn't lacking in terms of computer labs. We have over five libraries that are all well equipped with large computer labs. They usually aren't crowded, except maybe around finals, but other than that you can usually find an open computer when you need it. Even so, if you can afford to have your own computer, I would suggest bringing one.

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Campus Housing: If you are a freshman, I would recommend living in the Southeast dorms-Sellery, Ogg, Witte. They are right near everything. I lived in Ogg my freshman year, and I had the best time of my life.

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Campus Housing: I would put my plug in for the Lakeshore dorms. I have lived in Kronshage and Slichter Halls. I loved being by the lakes and being able to go rollerblading, biking, and swimming all within a block of where I lived. The Lakeshore dorms are set in the trees on the shore of Lake Mendota. It's quiet and secluded, yet very close to everything.

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Campus Housing: I live in Chadbourne and I really like it. There are lots of cool people, and I like the atmosphere. There is a lot to get involved in.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are dorms. You won't be happy to be in them, but everyone has to go through it. I recommend living in either Sellery or Witte, because they are much more social. If you want quiet, choose one of the Lakeshore dorms.

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Campus Housing: I lived in the Witte dorm. I got the impression that most dorm rooms are the same no matter where you go. I think that Lakeshore dorm rooms are a little smaller and older. The Southeast dorms-Witte, Sellery, and Ogg-are newly renovated. Anyway, I liked them; they're within a ten-minute walk to most of the campus. Lakeshore is about the same. Take your pick. They're both just fine.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are small but nice. The Lakeshore dorms are very nice, and kind of cottage-like. However, they are a little further away but right on the lake! For freshmen, I would suggest Witte and Sellery. They are the fun ones where freshmen live, and you'll meet a lot of people there. The Lakeshore dorms are a little more chill and quiet.

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Campus Housing: Every dorm will be fun, because you will make friends. However, I wouldn't live in an all-girls dorm. Dorm living is part of the experience of being a freshman in college.

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Campus Housing: If you want party dorms, then live in Southeast (Ogg, Witte, Sellery). If you want nicer dorms, then you want to live in Lakeshore (TAS, Kronshage). Southeast is closer to State Street, while Lakeshore is really far from it.

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Campus Housing: The private dorms (I lived in the towers) are mostly kids from the East Coast, Chicago, California, and any other big city.

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Campus Housing: I live in Kronshage, which is on the Lakeshore side of campus. The rooms are a little bigger, and you can arrange your room more than you can in the Southeast dorms. It is quieter out there, so you can study on the weeknights if you need to. Plus, buses stop right there, so it's not a big deal to get around campus.

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Campus Housing: For the Southeast dorms, don't stay in Ogg. The rooms are a little smaller, and it is a lot louder. On the weekends, a lot more drunken vandalism goes on there. However, it is closer to State Street and the weekend social scene. For Lakeshore, I'd suggest staying in Slichter or Kronshage. For Southeast, pick Sellery, then Witte. Ogg is the worst dorm on campus, in my opinion.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are all nice. Avoid the Towers unless you are planning on joining a frat, or unless you are from the East Coast. The Langdon is nice, clean, and has decent food.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are small, crowded, loud. Although one would never choose to live in them again, as most students move out after freshman year, it is an experience few would be willing to pass up.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are always filled with a mix of people you will and won't get along withThe public dorms are the most unpredictable assortment of people, so the people in them can't really be generalized. I've noticed that the PRH dorms are generally more laid back. The Lakeshore dorms are a long way away, and if you want a quiet atmosphere to live in, that would be your choice.

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Diversity: It's very diverse. There are lots of Midwesterners, East Coasters, Asians, African Americans, and so on. I love the fact that, in the middle of Wisconsin, you have people from every walk of life.

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Diversity: It is predominantly white-but, hey, it's Wisconsin, after all! Compared to my Chicago suburban high school, it is not as diverse. However, you will find people of color on campus and international students. There is a big push towards multiculturalism on this campus.

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Marie Puissant
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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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