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Madison, WI
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28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Greek Life: Greek life is huge. You'll have many choices, but Greek life doesn't rule the campus at all. There's always something going on. House parties are everywhere.

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Greek Life: The Greek life is not that big. I am in a sorority and I love it, but it is not necessary at all. It is being forced to become dry so the parties have to be held in bars, and then it is harder to get in. It is a good way to meet friends and get involved in other campus activities.

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Greek Life: Langdon Street is where most of the frat houses are, and although many people belong to Greek clubs, it does not, by far, dominate the school. I lived one block from Langdon this year, but I never felt as if they were everywhere. I don't belong to a sorority, but I know people who do, and it's a pretty chill scene. There is a diverse student body at UW consisting of hippies, Greeks, some punks, sporty kids, and foreign students, but the main thing in common is that everyone likes to party!

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Greek Life: Greek life is loud and shiny. Most people's first few parties up here are at frats. Unless you want to join a frat or a sorority or have friends in them, it's very easy to find social scenes where Greek life is barely present. I'm really not kidding when I say you can find a group of people for just about anything you want or are interested in at this place.

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Greek Life: Greek life is fun, probably because I'm in a sorority. I'm in Delta Delta Delta and I love it, love it, love it. About 10 percent of students are in the Greek system. Depending on where you live freshman year, you will see more or less Greeks. If you live in University housing, you will probably go to more house parties than frats because of the longer walk. If you live in private housing, you go to more parties at the frats. I lived at the Langdon on Langdon Street, which is where most of their houses are. I love the Greek system, and I recommend at least checking it out if you are somewhat interested.

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Greek Life: The Greek life isn't that big, but they do make a lot of noise.

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Greek Life: Greek life does not dominate the social scene. However, if you choose to become part of the Greek system, it may come to dominate your social scene. Once in the Greek system, most of those in sororities or fraternities end up spending large amounts of social time with others in fraternities and sororities.

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Greek Life: I wouldn't say it dominates the scene, but it's definitely here to stay.

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Academics: Teachers are all great here, but you will have many classes taught by teaching assistants-which is common at any large university, really.

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Academics: Instructors are great depending on your year. Typical freshman and sophomore level lectures tend to be very large, so learning really takes place in the discussion classes led by TAs. Sometimes, I feel a bit overwhelmed at the size of the classes, but once you break down into discussions, it is normal. As you progress, your level of interaction with your professors increases, and you get more one-on-one time with them, which can either be good or bad.

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Academics: The professors are all right, but it is a really hard school to begin with, so don't expect them or the TAs to help you much. Madison gives you a lot of work, so expect to study at least a few hours a day.

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Academics: It's really possible for you to get lost in a class and not have much contact with the professor. You can get away with not doing the reading and all that good stuff if you want to go that route. But if you do want a more personal education or need any help, the professors are really good about that, and are more than happy to talk with you.

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Academics: The professors are excellent at UW. Unfortunately, when you are an undergraduate, you do not have much contact with your professors. It is all with the TAs. The professors teach the grad students who are the TAs. I have worked with some professors though, and they are excellent.

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Academics: The University of Wisconsin at Madison is ranked as one of the top thirty-five schools in America. It is regularly referred to as being among the finest of the state schools. They have every major imaginable, a course catalog that is phenomenal, and professors who can bring it all to life.

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Academics: I've had some very good teachers, and not one really bad teacher yet. I haven't gotten close to any of my professors, and I hope that happens next year. Overall, I am satisfied here.

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Academics: Being in the College of Engineering, I've gotten along well with my teachers so far. I was worried that instead of professors, I would get a lot of TAs to teach my classes, but this was not the case. There is always someone around to help-professors, TAs, tutors (which are free if you go through the university), and other options like voluntary lectures.

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Academics: Most of my professors have been great, and so have the TAs. However, there are exceptions; some professors do not like to listen to their students as much as others do. Most all of my non-required classes have been very interesting. One class project was brewing beer!

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Academics: There are so many teachers that you will find both great and horrible ones. Being at a very liberal campus, expect their viewpoints to be expressed, but not overbearingly so. The professors really do a good job at staying neutral.

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Academics: For the first year or two, most of the classes are very large, and students will not meet their professor unless a specific effort is made on the student's part. Most classes are interesting, yet I try and choose classes that will interest me. I don't find that the professors or the TAs are of a specific breed. They all seem to be different, and it is difficult to categorize and characterize them as something unique to Madison.

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Academics: It's hard to describe the teachers of this school since there are so many of them. Over the course of an education here, you're bound to find ones that you love, some that you hate, and many that you won't think either way about. On the whole, though, they are excellent professors who make the material interesting for their students, no matter the subject.

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Health & Safety: I have never felt threatened here at all. There are programs where you can have people escort you back to your dorm if you feel unsafe, but you probably won't even need them-this campus is pretty safe.

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Health & Safety: Security is very, very good. There is a very low crime rate on and off campus. Just like every other city, Madison has a few areas to stay away from, including South Park Street. Public emergency phones are all over campus, as well as an escort service to and from libraries late at night. They also have shuttles that run from Lakeshore dorms to State Street until 2 a.m.

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Health & Safety: Security on campus is good. There are safety phones all over campus, and there are safety services if you stay out late like SafeWalk, where two students will come and meet you and walk you safely to where you want to go. There are also SafeCab and SafeBuses too.

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Health & Safety: There is a program called SafeWalk, which allows people to be picked up by two other students and walked or driven anywhere on campus. This is a very safe school.

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Health & Safety: I would avoid the Lakeshore Paths at night-they're not especially well lit. But in general, it is a very safe campus.

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Marie Puissant
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Green Bay, Wis.
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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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