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Madison, WI
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28,167
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Average
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Nightlife: On any given night, there is always a party you can get into. Some are less fun than others, but they're always big, loud, and filled with people. If you want to get into the party scene, all you have to do is make friends. Invitations will roll in.

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Nightlife: State Street, along with good restaurants, is where most of the bars are. I like the Church Key (a church turned bar) and the Kollege Klub. The Memorial Union, which sits on the lake, serves beer in movie theater popcorn buckets! The bars and clubs in Madison are all really cool, and vary in style and atmosphere-I'm sure you'll find your niche.

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Nightlife: The house parties vary, they are all crowded, but some of them (where no one does anything but stand shoulder to shoulder and push at the beer line) suck, and some of them (like the ones after a football game where everyone is hopefully in a good mood) rock. Not going to reveal the

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Nightlife: Parties are always going on, but they are usually overcrowded house parties. The bar scene is also good, but no clubs worth going to.

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Nightlife: As a freshman, most parties will be a random house party-sweaty, crowded, loud, and essential to the first year experience. Afterwards, parties will occur at the apartments or houses of friends, and will usually lead to the bars. The atmospheres of bars in Madison range from the essential college bars (KK, Brats, Brothers), to somewhat more relaxed bars consisting of older crowds (Genna's, Paul's Club), to swank bars such as those around the capital.

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Nightlife: The bars in Madison are great. If you want to hit up a dive where you'll always run into someone you know, go to the Plaza on Henry Street, or the Paradise by the capital. Paul's Club on State has a great atmosphere, and so do the Opus and the Kimia Lounge up by the capital. If you like wine, go to Porta Bella Wine Cellar just off State.

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Greek Life: Greek life doesn't dominate at all. If you choose to join, that is cool and fun, and if not, you are no better off. It is great either way. It just depends on what you want.

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Greek Life: Greek life makes up about 10 percent of the school population, but that's really not a lot at Madison. Wisconsin isn't a school where you need to go Greek to be social. I was in a sorority, but I'm planning on dropping it, because I realized how I don't need it. It's just good to rush a house because you meet people that way.

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Greek Life: I was Greek there, and I didn't think that it dominated the social scene. If you let it though, it will. It helps to spend time away from your fraternity so you aren't always surrounded by it. Definitely rush-Greek Week is a blast every year. Then again, it is all what you make of it.

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Greek Life: I don't think that Greek life dominates the social scene. Some people are into that stuff and others aren't. I'm not in a sorority, but I know a couple people who are, and I have been able to enjoy a few frat parties without having to join one of those organizations.

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Greek Life: Greek life only represents 10 percent of the total student population, so that's 4,000 out of 40,000. It does not dominate the social scene. I do not think it is necessary to be involved in Greek life to have fun at Madison. I am not in a sorority, and I don't regret it one bit!

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Greek Life: Greek life is big on campus if you're in it, but otherwise it doesn't matter. Most people aren't a part of the Greek system here, and you don't need it to have fun.

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Greek Life: Greeks do not dominate. They are there if you want them, but can be avoided. There's a specific part of campus where all of the houses are, so if you don't want anything to do with them, just don't hang around that part.

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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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Drug Safety: Drugs are pretty easy to obtain at Madison, especially pot. You can smell people smoking it during most house parties and often at night.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are very prevalent, depending on the crowd you hang out with. It's up to you-if you want it you can find it, if you don't it won't come find you.

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Drug Safety: Naturally drugs are prevalent at basically every school you go to, but it is not an issue if you don't want it to be.

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Drug Safety: I saw a lot of drug use at parties and it is there, but it really depends on the crowd you hang out with.

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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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