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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe. I know different areas to avoid at different times, but I shouldn't feel like I need to avoid these places ever. I think increasing security of sorts in areas could help a lot. I also think that the administration doesn't care as much as they'd like us to think. I recently read a statistic that there have been some 200 reports of sexual assault this year, and that only 17 were investigated, and only 1 ended in a punishment (such as jail time/ expulsion). I think that's ridiculous and makes me feel, especially as a woman, that I can't ever go to someone with a situation like this without fearing the legitimacy of my actual safety and that someone would take me seriously. I feel like I would be "crying wolf" to those that are supposed to be caring for me.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I honestly have not had anything substantially negative with my experience here at UW. There may have been a few hiccups here and there but nothing that could effect my overall experience that much. Generally I love the university and am so glad to be a Badger.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lucked out with one of the nicest buildings on campus, but with the cheapest rooms since it is a triple. Therefore I've had a generally great experience with housing. The only thing that is rough is that I believe my residence hall was much stricter with rules such as quiet hours than other halls around campus. I think that's unfair and gives us a bad reputation.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've never been interested in Greek life. Personally I've never had a good connotation with it, and it's extremely exclusive. I think that they do truly do things that are good for the community, but I think they get more praise than they deserve. Contrary to that, I believe that there are definitely Greek groups that are so good for our community.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have some of the most popular sporting teams in the country and I love that about our school. The athletes usually act as equals (depending on). I do feel like they receive so much more praise for the school than regular students, though. Like immensely

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think UW is great for so many reasons. I went to one of the smallest schools in the state of Wisconsin so I was apprehensive to come to the largest public university in the state after that exclusive education I had previously gotten, but I wasn't disappointed. I always feel welcomed and at home and I know that I am always accounted for.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Always a good experience and what I expect; challenging and worth my effort.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UW-Madison is considered the elite degree for obtaining your Master's in Social Work in Wisconsin. Therefore, while I do not anticipate an immediate job change I do believe the advance degree from this school will serve me well in the future by opening doors on my future.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I know the campus works hard to protect students with emergency call stations as well as being able to contact someone for a safe walk home. Again as a parent of a young female student I appreciate the efforts of the University to try to protect her. However, I am aware that youth continue to be victims. I know there are resources available to my daughter in a variety of forms such as self-defense classes, the safe walk home, information sessions, and community groups centered around making the Campus safer. Bottom line, she needs to be protective of herself as well as trying to make the Campus a safer place to be.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I rate this not as a student, but as a parent who has had two students in housing. The kids have had a great social experience, but the cost is outrageous, especially as it compares to off campus housing and other state campuses. There is nothing special or unique about the standard dorms and therefore, it is upsetting that the cost would be so much higher as compared to other state Universities.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a returning student. While my children have mentioned Greek Life, this is not the life for me.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While I am a new student to the UW, I have two children who are/have been students. I am so proud to be a Badger along with them. Last year as I watch my son graduate I knew this was a path I myself had to take. In my undergraduate work I was unable to attend UW-Madison as it was not close enough to where I was residing and I did not have the option to move. Now I am embarking on a new journey and look forward to all that UW-Madison has to offer me. In my undergraduate work I never felt the pride of the school the way I do when on this campus. Everyone is just full of school spirit, it is amazing to feel the energy. Asides from this I know that I will obtain one of the best educations available to me. The school is highly recognized in my profession (Social Work) and will serve me well moving forward in my career.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Badger Team spirit is the best in the Country. The entire campus comes alive for every sport and it is an incredible experience to be around. I believe the jumping at Camp Randall Stadium registers as a small tremor on the Richter Scale due to all the students "Jumping Around" during the Footballs games, regardless of the score. I plan to participate in a five mile run tomorrow that is a fund raiser for the UW-Madison Athletics. I run in honor of the sports teams I love and adore. I am excited to end the race in Camp Randall Stadium surrounded by fans and supporters as well as the student athletes and the UW-Marching Band.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Incidences of sexual assault are prevalent here especially as of recent. There are next to zero "blue lights" (those things that you press in case of emergency) anywhere on campus. Some neighborhoods are poorly lit and the SafeWalk service is a hassle and only available until 1 in the morning. With the amount of WiscAlerts we receive about crimes you would think they would be doing more about it. I don't feel very safe on this campus as a girl, and I hope the University takes time to address this issue.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You get the best of both worlds at this school. Nationally-ranked academics AND athletics. Great party social scene AND help from your professors when you need it. Huge variety of courses and typically the quality is pretty great. The math department is a bit rough, I couldn't understand a word of my intro calculus class. Help is available if you look for it. Class sizes are huge. I don't think I have had a class with under 300 people yet. They break off into discussion sessions with around 20 people, but I haven't found any of them to be particularly helpful.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BuckyNet. There are so many alumni from UW-Madison and they are usually very proud to bring young badgers under their wing. Something about the school pride sticks with them without a doubt. The career fairs are really intimidating but there are sessions offered beforehand to make sense of it all. The alumni network is the biggest benefit though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There is the Lakeshore neighborhood and the Southeast neighborhood. Southeast is more social. I started in Lakeshore and moved to Southeast to be in the more social side of town. The dorms were about similar quality (but there are options for luxury dorms). Sellery and Witte are the most social options where your floor becomes your family but if you are looking for the more luxury style, Smith and Dejope are the way to go. They don't offer great amenities or are the most price efficient, but I wouldn't trade my semester in Sellery for anything.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I may be biased as a member of Greek life here. But I did spend my freshman year as a GDI (non-greek). Both ways were fine, I never got treated any worse or better for not being a part of it my first year. I joined mostly to get more involved on campus. Greeks and non-greeks party the same amount- it's Madison. Non-Greeks and Greeks don't have any actual tension, at most just a little fun made at the frat boys Sperry's. The Greek houses are pretty nice, nothing extreme like in the South. Most of them don't require every member to live in

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Camp Randall is amazing, no doubt. And the athletes get top-notch treatment (I tried out for the spirit squad, for example, and they said we would be treated like the athletes, tutors, clothes, food, travel- you name it)

The SERF and the NAT (the two workout facilities for students) are far below par. However, in the next few years there are high quality updates being made so that is something to consider.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a wonderful school. The school pride is phenomenal, you feel like you are getting the authentic all-American college experience. They'll tell you its a party school, and this is true. But it is so much more. Yeah there are parties to go to every night of the week and if you just took the hardest chem exam of your life, you can absolutely celebrate afterwords. The people work hard, though, and need to to get a decent grade. If you can handle it, Madison is absolutely the best option. Great school reputation, great sports, great programs. Can't go wrong.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are incidents that happen at night especially on the weekends. I would definitely suggest being in groups at night. Don't walk alone.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All my professors have been excellent except for in the math department. The professors I've had in math have been difficult to understand and basically read from the textbook. Other than that they are great and passionate about the topic.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very respected school. Great value especially engineering.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's nice for getting used to the school early on cause everyone in there is new and figuring stuff out but it's really over priced and not a very nice place to live.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not part of Greek life but from what I've heard it seems to be a good thing to join.

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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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