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4 College Freshman

Majors: UW-Madison has great programs for any major on campus. The science field here, especially medical sciences, is extremely strong with rigorous courses and programs. One example could be BioCore, an honors program of a sequence of hands-on, intense classes to get prospective biology majors more acquainted with what they would be doing in future careers. There are plenty of research and volunteer opportunities as well, which is beneficial in advancing in the field.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Madison is an amazing city in which to live. The campus is situated between two lakes, and the downtown area is minutes away from the center of campus. There are plenty of options for outdoor activities like walking along the lakeshore path, swimming in or ice fishing on the lakes, and events like 5ks, marathons, and an Iron Man triathlon. There is a rich history and culture here, and the locals and students take part in it. Any night of the week there is something going on, whether it be an event on the lake terrace at Memorial Union, a concert at the Overture Center, or something like a football game, there is never a reason to be bored.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: One downside is how limited and competitive scholarships are at the university. It is possible to get financial aid, but it can be a difficult process. Also, there seem to be more for upper class men, so make sure to always keep an eye open for opportunities to apply.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is plenty of variety for classes, and most of them are great quality. Professors vary, but it is easy to research professors before registering for classes in order to get ones that will best suit your learning style. In general, classes tend to be large with 100 to 200 students in most general courses, but much smaller in specialized courses with about 20 to 60 students in them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Degrees from UW-Madison are prestigious and impressive; student life is very focused on academics along with having fun. There are ample quality jobs and internships for undergraduates and graduates on campus, which is a great benefit for future careers. The university in general is very focused on producing strong individuals who can better their respective fields, in other words, it's tough at times, but totally worth it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's really hard to get good grades, but I think the education is worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State Street is the main downtown area of Madison and has some of the best food choices in the city. There are local favorites and chains so there are plenty of choices. Also, State Street has some of the best food carts with tons of variety.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: UHS is good, but not all students utilize it. As for safety, people kind of think the UWPD don't really do anything. I personally did not have a good experience with them reporting a sexual assault.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration seems to know that students are adults capable of making their own choices and their own mistakes. They are not extremely strict, but also there are consequences for misconduct, which seem to be fair and proportional to to the degree of the violations.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I was lucky to be able to move in with a friend who already had a house, but for people who had to search on their own I've only heard that it's stressful. The property management around here is poor.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived in a learning community my freshman year and I loved it. The building was old and far from classes, though. The new dorms are huge and really nice. It's like you get one or the other - community or amenities.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: First off, UW-Madison has some of the best sport teams in the country including football, basketball, and volleyball. Not only that, but we have the best fans, too. On game days, the whole city turns red with seas of people in Badgers gear, and not just students but almost everyone in the city seems to get involved. Football games at Camp Randall are intense and just amazing; it's a must for any UW student to go to at least one game, but trust me, you'll want to go to every game after that.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I'm currently applying for scholarships, myself, so I don't have any tips yet! I do know that FAFSA is a pain.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Slichter Hall, which is in the Lakeshore neighborhood. I like the atmosphere of Lakeshore - it is pretty quiet sometimes, but if you want to find parties it's not hard to find people to go with and places to go. The room size has a lot of variation even within the halls. I like hanging around in the older dorms like Tripp - they have the creepiest basement it's a cool place to hang out. I would say living in the dorms is exactly what you would expect here - and I like it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The University Health Services (UHS) is very convenient and helpful when you need it. You can schedule an appointment with a physician, a psychiatrist, and some other options that fit your needs. Most of the services are free, or covered by the university for students. They also send out emails with information with regards to mental health awareness, general tips on staying healthy and stress free, and other things like free flu shots.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State Street is the best. It's very convenient for students and there's tons of options from Five Guys to food carts. I definitely recommend the Chocolate Shoppe - it's actually the best ice cream I've ever had.

4 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part the policies help keep students happy and safe. All the rules become much more uptight over Halloween though which seems kind of silly - over that weekend they won't allow anyone into the dorms who doesn't live in them, including students.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall food is decent; there are plenty of choices and everything is relatively fresh and healthy. Since it isn't a meal plan, you don't spend as much on food as other students at other universities, and you pay for what you want, not a whole buffet that you can't get the entire value out of. For example, meals typically cost $3-5 whereas I know other universities (such as the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) where a meal costs $10. As for negative points, I really only find that I get bored with the food, but that's like any university dining food, I suppose.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I live in Lakeshore and going to the nat is pretty nice. It's usually not too crowded and the equipment is all good. Getting the "How full is the Serf?" app is very helpful. There's a setting in it for the natatorium too.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm personally not involved in Greek Life although I have a lot of friends who are. Most of the people I know are involved in professional frats like business and chemistry - but this doesn't mean all they do is study. I have no desire to get involved in Greek Life, but I like occasionally tagging along for parties and meeting people.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you just walk out your door you'll find a party

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's pretty good but gets boring after a while.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is everything from bars to Indian cuisine.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Badger fans know how to cheer their team on

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very small but it does the job!

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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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