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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Thumbs Down to the Snobs – There are some groups of boys and girls on this campus that I wouldn't necessarily call to hang out. There is fraternity/sorority row on Langdon street. These boys and girls come from the East coast, places like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut..). They are very rich and anyone who isn't, isn't their friend. They are literally all greek or blonde. The other group I don't thoroughly enjoy on campus is the "treehugging", "gas-saving" bike-riders. They are mostly concerned with themselves and decide that bikes have all right-of-way on the road, sidewalks and in campus buildings. They don't really talk to anyone without dreads or "organic clothing". Then there are the farmers. These individuals come from small-towns in northern Wisconsin. This is my group of people! This group is pretty laid back, not rich so we value the dollar that does NOT grow on a tree in our back yard. We also enjoy our beer but like to be outdoors and be helpful to the guy sitting next to us. These are not the only groups of people on campus but a lot of people can fit into one of these three categories!

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3 College Junior

Academics: Life Sciences Communication Major – Life Sciences Communication is a major within the School of Agricultural Life Sciences, which we call "CALS". It is a small school within the University so the students get a lot more individualized attention than those in the College of Letters & Science on campus. My professors really want to see me succeed in my communications classes and I expect to get all A's my last year on campus. I will be taking 5 classes next semester, which is more than I have taken in the past. The buildings are old but it's great to be in buildings that have been on campus since the beginning of the University. I have been able to land multiple internships because of my advisor, Larry Meiller. He has a lot of great connections to the "real world" and he wants to help his students get the job they've dreamed of! Before I chose to be in this smaller program, I was in a large program in the letters of science, Spanish. The advisors and professors don't really care about you and even in one circumstance, want you to fail. After that encounter I decided that I needed to find a different major that will get me to my dream job without defeating my GPA completely. I am pretty lucky to have chosen this small program.

3 College Student

Weather: Yes, there's snow. If you live in the midwest, you know how to deal with it. If you don't, bring lots of warm/waterproof clothes!

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Good Size City – Madison is a decent size city and there is always something to do on the weekends on or off campus and usually events on weeknights as well. We also have State Street, which is home to great shopping and numerous dining venues and cafes. Badger sports are huge here, so make sure you like the color red!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe for the Most Part – Campus police are constantly on patrol. There is good lighting for the most part on campus. And there are emergency poles around.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Manitowoc, they have alot good restrauants and diners and all the fast food places.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Nnot Known – Because Manitowoc is so small, alot of people don't go to the sports games at school or even know about them.

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2 College Senior

Weather: We get snow, but still have class, its been cold alot and people have been getting sick alot and the weather will be really nice and than cold so it messes with people

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Signing up for Classes Sucks. The largest problem is that I have a hard time registering for classes. I feel like if I'm paying ten grand to go here that I should be able to take the classes I need to get my degree. Everything else is fine. Sometimes you can get a bad professor, but you can also get some great ones.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UW-Madison has a wide array of gyms, libraries, and other facilities to assist students in whatever way possible.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: What You Need, Where You Need It – Computer labs are open to students within almost every public building. The connectivity on campus is very helpful and fosters a high-tech learning environment.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Madison is a great college town with many attractions and interesting places to visit. The great local atmosphere and range of activities make UW-Madison a fantastic college campus.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Depends on Your Crowd – There's users, there's party-ers, but you've just got to keep your head on straight.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's Very Good – The Campus Housing is one of a kind. The people are very friendly.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: The Health & Safety Department Is Amazing – They are always willing to help no matter what the case.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love being in close contact with all the people who mean a lot to me. The only downside is not being able to go to bed early on friday and saturday nights.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good, Pricey – A lot of the places on campus are very good but tend to be pricey for a broke college student. The variety is very good though! Lots of ethnic options. Also during the fall when the farmer's market is still going on is very enjoyable.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: So Active! Madison always has something to offer! There is something to do every night of the week, all seasons for everybody! During the summer there are concerts on the terrace, and during the winter there are broom ball games out on the frozen lake. There is something for everyone in this busy city.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: My School Loves Sports! University of Wisconsin- Madison has a lot of pride in our sports teams. We love supporting our teams and we know that a variety of sports on campus are very talented. The biggest sport on campus is football, followed by men's basketball and hockey. There is a lot of ways for active and sporty people to get involved!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many Options – Majority of students only live int he dorms their freshman year, so students will definitely get experience with living in an apartment or house. There is many options around campus, and certain areas definitely cater to people who are looking for their first apartment (sophomores). The rent is not too bad if you look at the right places, and students generally know which buildings are the super expensive ones.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Convenient but Not the Best Quality – The places to eat for freshman are very conveniently located and have very flexible hours. One bad thing is the food is not always the best quality. Whenever students go home, they definitely learn to appreciate a home cooked meal!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – No place is perfect, but overall it's a nice city. Around the weekend, be careful of harassment by drunkards, especially if you're not white. On my way home or off to get something to eat, there's been a time I was bombarded with Asian stereotypes and slurs.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Kohl athletic Center is very good, a lot of basketball and volleyball site around the dorm and campus center. Student center has very good ice cream. All other activities are all nearby campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am not involve with internship so I don't know but my brother attended previously and he had good internship with IBM and get a good job after graduation with Intel and now he is working for Seagate and had came back to school as alumni to recruit students for his company Seagate. In the next 2 years I will be involve with internship and will know much better in my career field.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I am involve most of my time beside studying is with on campus church activity and FOCUS group. We have both guys and girls involve like bible studying, organize retreat time during lent season, travel international to WYD08 and WYD11. We have a lot of fun during these activities. Beside that I don't know much about guys & girls hang out off campus in other activities

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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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