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2 College Freshman

Administration: If there was more of a crackdown on alcohol and drug use and visitors in the dorms, I feel like I would have had a more positive experience. If people knew it was unacceptable to drink and use drugs in the dorms and were penalized heavily for it (instead of just a write up) then maybe the dorms would be a more positive place to be.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in three different dorms this year due to expanded housing and roommate issues. I was by far the most satisfied in Tripp, the last dorm I lived in. The social scene in the dorms, especially for freshmen, generally revolves around drinking and drugs, and the house fellows tend to be oblivious unless you are super loud or a danger to yourself and others - because they engage in the same activities. If you do not engage in these activities, it is EXTREMELY hard to find friends in the dorms. I lived in Chadbourne (a learning community) at one point, and even there it was tough to find people to hang out with because most people chose that dorm due to its proximity to Langdon St. and the bars. I had no problems with the amenities in any of the dorms I lived in - cleaning staff were wonderful and friendly, dorms were clean and were kept that way, and we had no problems with the furniture.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University Health Services was inconvenient and did not provide appropriate treatment. They sent me to an incest support group instead of a "stress less" group, and also did not check if the medication they prescribed to me would react with other medication I was taking. Campus police was pretty good, there was an incident when I did not feel safe during Final Four weekend, and they responded right away and cited the two individuals involved. SafeWalk was a godsend, but only when you are on the southeast part of campus. If you live in Lakeshore like I did, it was very difficult for them to escort you unless it was an absolute emergency. I found it easier to just call a cab.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different types of people on campus, attractive, not so attractive, and same with all the personality traits. Plus side, you can find anyone to match your own interests, if you do a bit of searching and find the right organizations.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Technology: There are computers available in a decent amount of campus buildings outside of computer labs, which are macs of god quality and are often open to use.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: The football games are a big part of campus life, but that gets most of the spotlight in comparison with other sports.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of options, both well-known chains and lesser known local restaurants. The prices vary, so you can find anything within your budget around the area. All sorts of different kinds of food, the dining scene is great.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It has been good and bad, there have definitely been challenges, but the school has very high standing, which I like for future jobs, when they look at my resume it will have a well known and reputable school listed.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am unique in that I am a transfer, so i'm sure it is much better for strictly UW-Mad students that have been there since freshman year. I have had a lot of trouble with finding courses that meet my needs, and my advisor is out after having a baby recently with no good replacement available.

2 College Junior

Parking: I typically try to avoid parking downtown. Paying could be worse in terms of price, but I don't want to pay under any circumstances. There is a good bus system, so I use that as much as possible.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: Depends on if you enjoy rain, there is a fair amount of it here. The plus is that you get pretty much every aspect of every season. Sun, rain, snow, fog, wind. There is a little bit of it all here. Just make sure you are prepared for the humidity of the summer, and the freezing cold of the winter. All types of summer and winter sports can be done outside.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The campus has a very unique atmosphere and has wonderful scenery with many lakes and parks

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university hospital is very close to campus and it relatively easy to make an appointment at

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration of classes is very stressful because it is competitive and classes fill up quickly, but most professors are great and happy to help and work with students individually because they are passionate about what they teach

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always nightlife options. There are lots of parties on weekends, and the bar scene is huge in Madison

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many places on campus with computer labs and printing. You can also rent laptops for a short time if you need them

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty large part of campus life. Greeks are involved in philanthropy and throw a lot of parties

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: There are some things that students can get away with easily as long as they are being safe

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is relatively easy. There are a lot of local buses, but also buses that come to bring students farther distances and to other campuses

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Due to large student body, scholarships are often a challenge to receive

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for off-campus dining, especially on state street. There are few chain restaurants near campus, as well as fast food options

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school is safe, although there is a lot of drinking on campus, it is well-regulated and police offices patrol

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse school. People from all over the world come because so many different classes and languages are offered

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is occasionally cold and rainy, but the weather is typical for the area

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is extremely expensive, but necessary because there is limited dorm space, so most students live off-campus after freshman year

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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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