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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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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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Diversity: It's very diverse in terms of personality and different types of people, but not so much diverse culturally.

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Diversity: The campus isn't very diverse, but it makes an effort to be. If you aren't white, you won't be the only person of your minority, but there is definitely a majority of Caucasian students.

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Diversity: In terms of diversity, Madison is awesome. About 70 percent of the students are from in state, so it has a state-school feel. It also represents people from almost everywhere.

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Diversity: There's always some article in the paper which says that the campus isn't very diverse, which is sad because they do a lot here to try to attract minority students. There are scholarships for minorities, and minority groups everywhere.

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Diversity: Considering I'm a minority and attend Madison, I'm going to tell you right now that the campus isn't that diverse. I have a strong opinion concerning diversity, and it seems that at Madison, everyone wants to complain about the lack of diversity. Both people of color and people not of color complain, but not a whole lot of people make an effort to branch out and hang out with people not like themselves.

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Diversity: The campus is diverse in that people come from all over and their personal beliefs vary, but racially, there isn't much diversity.

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Diversity: Madison is a liberal campus, and you'll find there is a lot of acceptance of different ideas and ways of life. As far as race is concerned, it is a pretty white campus. But then again, so is the state of Wisconsin. I really do wish there were more African Americans on campus, but it's not a racist campus by any means. Everyone gets along, and there are lots of clubs and societies set up to help diversify the university.

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Diversity: The campus is socially, if not racially, diverse. There are numerous groups of people, and it is possible for any sort of student to find his/her niche in a social group.

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Diversity: The campus somewhat lacks diversity, but can you blame it? It's in Wisconsin.

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Diversity: This campus initially looks about as diverse as a loaf of Wonder Bread, but when you look around and make some friends, this place is more diverse than most people initially think.

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Nightlife: Socially, the school rocks. Whether you prefer house parties, bars, or frats, you have tons of options. I never get bored. I always look forward to finishing my week so I can live it up on the weekends.

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Nightlife: Bars on State Street are plentiful. We actually sometimes got so tired of them all that we'd often pick a road on a map going out of town and just drive, stopping at all the bars along the way. My favorite bar is Joe Hart's, which is now called Brothers.

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Nightlife: I really do not hang out way off campus. I like to hang out on campus on State Street or near the capital. The bars are a lot of fun! Clubs in Madison-well, I don't think you can really go clubbing in Madison.

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Nightlife: The bar scene in Madison is like no other. It is awesome. I can tell you all about it, but you really have to experience a weekend here to understand it. There are about 40 on-campus bars, and as an underclassman, it's not hard to get into them.

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Nightlife: I don't really know because I don't drink. But I wish there were a few more places where you could see bands on this campus. There are a few good bars, I know, because I have friends who like hanging out there.

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Nightlife: There are so many bars, you would definitely need a fake ID. I like going to the KK and the State, though there are so many fun bars. Madison definitely doesn't lack things to do for fun.

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Marie Puissant
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Green Bay, Wis.
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Marketing and English
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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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