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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never Felt in Harms Way – I've been out pretty late at night and I've never felt unsafe before. Just use common sense, stick with friends, keep your wits about you, and I've never heard of anyone having problems.

College Student

Diversity: Have not been on campus very much yet, but when i did go I did see a few different ethnics backgrounds.

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Academics: Just in the starting point of college, getting all the basics down to begin a new life. The starting progress is simple and clear and is very helpful on letting me know what needs to get done.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Work Hard, Play Hard – UW is the the greatest place on earth. I never could have I my wildest dreams imagined the social life that I have now. Between crazy big 10 football games, Mifflin, and just the week to week parties, its the greatest time of my life. And on top of that, you can have the best education. We party hard, but we also study hard.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The UW campus is in such a beautiful area and being surrounded by 2 lakes makes you wish for good weather even more so. Madison has beautiful summers and everyone is constantly outside. However, the winters can get a little treacherous with the amount of snow that we usually get. Its bearable ( not to mention fun to play in) and classes get cancelled for it sometimes, so overall, snow is not that much of a problem.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: No 2 People Are the Same – There are so many different races, religions and ethnicities at UW. It really is incredible to see the diversity walking through campus. There are people from all over the world with all types of different backgrounds. Due to the incredible diversity, stereotypes seem to fade away. You can't judge a particular group of people because of the diversity even within that group of people.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I find it really difficult to find scholarships that UW-Madison offers. They don't really advertise them and you have to search frequently to find any that you could possibly apply for.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: At UW-Madison there are tons of different races in every aspect of the university- dorms, classes, professors, social activities etc. It is a very liberal city and I have never seen any issues where people feel uncomfortable or not accepted.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes for Undergrads are very big and lecture halls are often over 300 students. Most of the professors I have had are interesting and really know their material. It is fun getting to be taught by world renowned professors, but sometimes they are hard to approach. Classes are challenging, but if you put in the time it is possible to get good grades.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly easy to find off-campus housing, but apartments and houses can be expensive. Lucky apartments are sometimes $900 a month per person, which is ridiculous. If one wants cheap off-campus housing, they can find it, and the more people they live with the cheaper it will be. The apartments send tons of mail starting in October, and people freak out and try to get an apartment in November (which you don't need to do). Overall, off-campus housing is available and can be very affordable if you choose the right place.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Be Wise – Police are friendly, but they can't catch everyone for underage drinking. However, many people do end up going to detox, and it is not uncommon to see police sending people to detox over the weekend, at football games, etc. Drink, but be smart and not stupid about it!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good, but Gets Boring – The food that the University of Wisconsin Madison offers is some of the best university food I have ever tasted. With dorms on two different sides of campus, (Southeast more towards the city, and Lakeshore being close to the lake), there are dining halls that accommodate whatever dorm you decide to live in. Not to mention there are some dining halls connected with certain dorms. There is also a place called Carson's which delivers which is very nice. Also, there are several places where if you are running late to class you can buy something to eat. As a Freshman, dining hall food tends to get old really easily, but it's up to you if you want to continue to have a meal plan after freshman year.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at Madison are a huge part of the school. They contribute greatly to the exciting atmosphere of the city. The huge fan base makes you feel apart of such a large school.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Atmosphere of Madison, WI – I absolutely love the atmosphere of Madison. There are plenty of different activities, events, and organizations to become involved with. The entire city feels very welcomming. I love this city and university.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Its What You Make of It – The university website provides easy ways to find scholarships that work for you. There are tons online and advisors are great about helping steer you in the right direction.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy Peasy – Campus is huge, but you get used to walking to class quite quickly. Also, there are bike lanes everywhere and the bus system is easy to navigate as well. For long distance journeys, there are busses like the mega bus and the badger bus that take students to other campuses/cities for fairly low rates!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good and Getting Better – If you explore your options, you can definitely keep things interesting in terms of food. Nothing beats stir fry Thursdays at Rhita's and having the option of online ordering and delivery is super nice come time for finals or cold/rainy days. Also, the university is building an entirely new dining hall on the South East side of campus...there are blue prints and posters advertising it everywhere and it looks amazing! Definitely bummed to have missed that by a year!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Madison has so much to do! Campus is right next to State Street- which is full of shops, theaters, museums, and leads up to the capital building! There are always sporting events going on. There are two unions- each with its own activities. Union South plays free movies every week!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: One thing I love about the people at the UW is that even though there are 40,000 people, you can always find someone who has similar interests to your own. I'd say there's probably an even mix of hot and not. Everyone wears jeans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Food, Decent Variety. The food at Madison is very good. My only complaint would be the lack of variety. Currently, for the southeast dorms, an old outdated building is still being used for the food service. However, next year, there is going to be a new building done and it should provide a lot more space for variety.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid, especially for instate students, is fairly limited. It is all need based. I received pretty much no financial aid.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is a big deal at Wisconsin. Student season tickets sell out in under 30 minutes and tickets to big games can go for over $200. The parties before games are crazy. A Badger game day experience is something you will not forget.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Madison is an awesome town with a crazy night life scene and abundant activities during the day. The city is large enough that it has everything you could need but small enough that its not overpowering. I feel extremely safe on campus and have never felt threatened or uneasy. State Street, the center of Madison, is a pedestrian only avenue that includes many popular restaurants and stores. There is always something interesting happening on State Street.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are lots of scholarships, especially if you search in your specific department. However, it's such a large university that actually obtaining any scholarships is difficult.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Life does not get any better than being at Madison. The people are amazing, there's always something fun to do, and the sense of pride that consumes the school is unmatched by any other campus I've been to. Classes are difficult, but everyone is willing to help each other out, and most TAs and professors really do care. I've never worked so hard in my life, but it's absolutely worth it to get good grades from such a great university. If I could, I would stay at this college for the rest of my life.

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Marie Puissant
Hometown
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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