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Reviews 2496 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I like that the administration requires sexual assault and alcohol programs for students. We all hated doing them, but I like that those issues are made salient in the minds of the student body.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to parties. I know people who do go and the parties don't appeal to me.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The university is good about distributing aid from the FAFSA. However, finding scholarships outside of that is difficult in such a large student body.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls offer a pretty good variety of food. It does get old after a while though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm is very nice, but they charge far too much. I wish I had known more about living opportunities outside of the dorms for my first year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The closer you get to State Street, the more expensive. It is outrageous compared to other universities, but it is possible to find fair priced places in the location you are looking.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: So many great places. I suggest checking out Hilldale to change it up!


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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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