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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life, but most people find them too cliquey and annoying. I'm sure there's some nice chapters if you're interested

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Madison has a great food scene, especially downtown and near state street. It's easy to find new places to try with lots of variety, both restaurants and speciality food stores (like fudge or popcorn). Sometimes it's a little pricy for college students, but not too bad. Ian's is amazing and a must for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I'd say for social things, it's not very strict. As everyone says, drinking is huge here and drugs aren't that uncommon too. Each dorm is different for how strict they are. For academics and honor codes, they're pretty strict from what I can tell, which is good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining hall food is really not that bad. It usually tastes good, but the options just get old after a while. Dining tries to change things up, but it's still repetitive. If you live in housing and get the discount, dining is easily the cheapest place to get food. It's a la carte, so you don't have to worry about confusing meal plans. From what I've heard about other colleges, our dining is pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in a dorm is a unique experience I think everyone at should have. The stereotypes about living in a South East dorm or Lakeshore dorm are pretty accurate, from what I experienced. Living on lakeshore, it was much more laid back and very pretty. The buses run fairly often, but be prepared to walk around a ton. It was nice to be able to leave lakeshore to socialize on the weekends but then return to a quiet dorm. My dorm was pretty clean and nice for being and older building too. The housing process was pretty easy, but I know many students don't get their first choice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: State Street offers a variety of food options like Peruvian, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, American and much more.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I greatly enjoy living on campus as I meet more people, have access to an abundant of resources, and have a fantastic view from my dorm room of Lake Mendota.

4 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived anywhere besides on campus, but I will be next year. I am looking forward to it and I think it will be fun.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State street and the surrounding areas have so many different bars and restaurants. You will always be able to find something new.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are very fun to go with your friends. They are often there if you want to go, but if you don't want to go you don't have to at all!

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I think everyone involved in Wisconsin wants you to succeed.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being an out of state student, tuition is obviously a lot more, and the scholarships through the school are very competitive.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall food gets pretty old pretty fast, but there is still a large variety and when you absolutely cannot handle any more dining hall food, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants around state street and beyond, and a lot of them offer student discounts!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Chadbourne Residential Hall, and although the rooms are really small, everything is very clean and new and there are plenty of opportunities to do fun activities.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life makes the social atmosphere of campus very clique-y and are viewed somewhat negatively by non-Greeks.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing really depends on the neighborhood. Madison has either really nice, expensive housing or low-quality, cheap housing. There isn't much of a middle-ground.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Madison has so many diverse and good-quality restaurant options. It's only a matter of getting there when you live on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I think people get away with a lot on campus. In my experience, I haven't heard of people getting in trouble for drinking, noise, drugs, etc. The campus police are very good about keeping us informed about crime and sexual assaults.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I never go out to parties because I am focusing on my studies.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had a hard time applying for financial aid because my tax agent made a few errors, but I received the aid I needed for this year. Scholarships from the UW seem pretty limited unless you're in a specific school.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Gordon Commons has a pretty good variety of food options, but the food is bland and gets old fairly quickly. I like that prices are discounted with a student ID, but the eating area is pretty dirty and they always put too much tomato on my tacos.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only two things I like about living in the dorms are that I live close to classes and I don't have to clean the bathrooms. Otherwise, I dislike having to share a bathroom with my floor, showering with flip flops on, and having to pay $1,000 a month to split a room in half. There isn't much of a social atmosphere; everyone seems to keep to themselves. I'm looking forward to getting an apartment next year.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: UW Madison has great athletic teams and world-class facilities.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally found an apartment for next semester with which I am very happy. In the searching process, I saw quite a few very run-down and poor locations. However, pretty much anything is better than the rates for dorms.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Madison is great for restaurants. We have a ton of different, good, and reasonable restaurants within walking distance of campus.

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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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