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3 College Senior

Academics: Very interesting topics studied, various courses offered. I loved my english class where they would change the topic each semester. (It was a writing class) The topics were of great interest, especially to those in the science field.

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking pass is outrageous and half the time you can't even find a spot, might as well just park off campus and walk. Make sure to get there early.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Always Something to Do – I absolutely love the city of Madison and always have. State Street is a great place to hang out, but there are always free movies at the union, the farmers market on Saturdays and concerts every week. On and around campus people are very friendly and accepting of students.

4 College Junior

Majors: Super Easy – I have two majors (political science and communication arts) and both were relatively easy to apply for. Political science was solely filling out a form declaring that you wanted to major in political science. Communication arts had a GPA requirement and when filling out the form, you had to declare which track of communication arts you wanted to go into. The journalism and business schools have a much more involved and more difficult process.

3 College Junior

Weather: Depends on the Time of Year – If you're from Wisconsin, or the midwest or east coast, then you'll be used to the weather in Madison. It rains, it snows, it's hot, it's cold. I'd say the worst part about the winter is walking up Bascom hill in the snow and the cold and the wind. But as soon as the weather gets nice in the spring, there isn't enough time to spend outside.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Decent, but Nothing Special – There is a decent variety between all the different dining halls but depending on where you live, you probably just end up going to the same place every day. The food is fine; there are some really great dishes and then some that are just terrible.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Better Search Elsewhere – There are a few scholarships offered from UW but only the best of the best will receive it. I did, however, receive a nice grant just for choosing the school. Was quite easy to accept it. Finding scholarships outside of that has been difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Limited Collection of Clubs – On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there is a wide selection of places to be. State street is always a safe bet. There are also a few clubs away from State that are also great. But clubs are only open until bar close. Madison is big, but it's no Chicago where clubs are open until 4. Being a big college town, there are always frat parties on weekends as well. However, during the week, things can get rather slow but you can still find decent drink specials if you need that mid-week fix.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Strong International Alumni – Walking through he university you will not find one race dominant over another. The most common ethnic groups I see are Asian and Indian cultures. I strongly believe they outnumber the Caucasian student body. There are strong political parties on campus both hammering out their beliefs as well as numerous church groups doing the same thing. There are a few churches on campus. A few student organizations are designated to be LGBT friendly as well as a few clubs and bars around the area.

4 College Senior

Academics: Competitive and Challenging Atmosphere Providing Breadth of Knowledge and Opportunities – Being among other Mass Communication and Mass Media majors inspires a sense of competition and healthy rivalry, usually stemming from the students' fervent desires to break into the media industry. From sports fanatics to reality TV junkies to film buffs, the drive is present throughout, which motivates me while also providing a healthy dose of intimidation. The lecturers, TAs, and professors are all noticeably passionate and knowledgeable in their subject areas and are equally as concerned with the well-being and academic performance of every student. The material covered is appropriate, relevant, challenging, and interesting, which leads me to believe that if I continue to pursue this career path, I'll be well prepared to take on what's expected of me in the future.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: The beginning of the year starts off humid and hot. SO the walk to class will leave sweat stains in your clothes. Hopefully you used a good deodorant. Fall is pretty decent as the the walk to class will keep a toasty body temperature that can ignore the morning chill. Winter can be brutal. Last year we had a mild winter with little snow so it wasn't all that bad. But I don't think we'll be so lucky again this year. So heavy snowfall, gusty winds and bitter wind chills will force even the toughest people to bundle up.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: So Many Cool Places! Madison is thriving with things to do! Whether its relaxing on the terrace, rock climbing at Union South, using the new study lounge in Wendt Library, or just walking through the arboritum, You will never be without a thing to do!

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Madison, Wi isn't as diverse as I would like. White is definitely the main race around, but there is a big emphasis on trying to encourage diversity in students. Its working its way there!

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's a Fun Place to Be – The nightlife at UW is awesome! The parties are fun, frats are nice, and there aren't a lot of parties that get busted, so it's a great place to have as much fun as you want!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A Good Balance – UW is very good about setting you up for study abroad opportunities and internships. The campus life is always fun and exciting with a ton of things to do! There are student organizations, intramural sports, etc. There is a ton of stuff to do during the day as well as at night! A fun and studious atmosphere, the perfect balance.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: They Are Great – All of the facilities are beautiful! The libraries are big and have a lot of history! The South East Recreational Facility is a great place to work out! Camp Randall and the Kohl Center have great sports atmospheres and are the perfect place to cheer for the Badgers!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It Is Amazing – The campus is absolutely beautiful! The food is really good and not very expensive! The football and basketball teams are good and there are a lot of fun and friendly people here. Everything about UW Madison is awesome!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Good Balance Between Strictness and Lenience – The campus strictness doesn't seem so lenient to the point where you can do anything you want and get away with it, but it is a good balance between making sure you are on task and keeping your academics up and also allows you to have fun while you are on campus. There are a good amount of parties that don't get busted, RA's are pretty calm for the most part, and the police seem pretty friendly

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Place to Live – The housing process is very easy and very structured so that it makes it simpler for the staff and the students. The dorm I live in (Ogg Hall) has very spacious rooms, and is close to a lot. Lake Mendota is only a 3 minute walk. Gordon's dining hall is spectacular and right across the street. All of the southeast residential buildings are in a great location, and while some don't have the luxury of air conditioning like Ogg does, it's a great community to live in. Lake shore area is beautiful, but it isn't as close. Lakeshore area also has good dining halls!

3 College Junior

Transportation: Get a Bus Pass – Because campus is long and skinny, and the busses pass right through it, the best way to maneuver campus is by bus. There are free busses that circulate on campus during the academic year, and about a dozen other regular busses. The bus pass is included in tuition for all students, and it takes 5 minutes to pick up at the beginning of the semester. For non-traditional students who don't recieve a bus pass, its still a good idea to take the bus--it costs $2 a ride, and extended passes, like a 10-ride card or month pass, are available throughout Madison at reduced rates. Biking is pretty big in Madison, with most streets having a dedicated bike lane. For those that come from out of state, it might seem like a good idea to bring a car, but parking on campus is very limited, so I would suggest leaving the car at home, or parked off campus if not living in a dorm.

College Junior

Campus Food: Not a Dorm-Dweller – I have no way to review food on campus--I don't live in a dorm, I've never been in a dining hall, and have never used a campus meal plan. I did use a meal plan at a previous college, and for the cost, you're better off without it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food on State – State Street is the only place to get any food around campus, and while there is a pretty good variety to choose from, after a couple of weeks you've exhausted everything and have to start over. There are some sub shops scattered around near campus, and a McDonald's south of campus, but let's be honest--the food sucks. The Red Card Meal Plan is kind of convenient to have for eating on State Street, but the discounts are always really random.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: EASY and FAST!! I remember when I started to do FAFSA, BOY! was that a pain. It was the longest process EVER!! However, the good part is that the system saves your information from the previous year so you'll only need to change what is necessary to keep your info updated. I've always been on top of making sure that I get my financial aid info done and sent in EARLY. Every time that I've done so far for the past 3 years, I've always been covered with mainly all grants plus work-study which is something I have to work for. So to speak, the university does an excellent job making sure that students are financially covered especially if your a minority.

WARNING!!! If you choose to do scholarships, the cash awards are best in this case. Why?? Well, if it's a check written to you then your in luck because your school can't track that. BUT!!! If the money is sent to your school, they now have the ability to take out any grants or substitute any loans you have to make sure that you have what is "NEEDED" for you to go to school. It's sad to know that if you've earned more money through scholarships, you'll only be receiving what you need. What ever is extra--I believe-- is for the school to then disburse that to other students who are in need of financial assistance.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety Is #1 – I've always felt comfortable here on campus. Though there has been reports of theft and violence that's occurred. But like any campus, I'm sure there's always a downside to something. I would suggest to always have a buddy with you at night. Since the campus is big, we do have a service that helps send out people to walk you from the library to your dorm. We have the night bus that runs until morning to make sure students who live kind of off campus grounds have some transportation to take them closer to home if not all the way. Plus, there's always cop cars at night just doing their nightly routine especially on state street, which brings up another note to keep in mind.

Our university is also known to be a place where there's a lot of booze and what not. I don't particularly think it's dangerous but at times and certain areas I would definitely advise to void for safety reasons. This points to another issue as well. Theft!! Please oh please make sure that anything very valuable to you must and should be left at home. I guess one exception would be your laptop. Many things gets stolen here on campus and it because students walk away from their belonging for a few seconds or they forget it. Of course, people shouldn't be stealing in the first place, but they can't help it when they see a 1g laptop or a $200 iphone or ipad. I say, "USE COMMON SENSE". It's human nature to steal and if you lose something you lose something. You learn from it and become smarter about what you lost. Overall, the university is safe and secure. I really think everyone is always looking out for each other which is a really good thing to know.

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4 College Senior

Technology: I love the computers here on campus!!!! We've now upgraded to faster and better computers. I believe we now have Macs. Since, we have over 40 libraries in and around campus, we have more than enough computers. Better yet, our campus allows us to rent out laptops as well. This may make you wonder about our connection reliability. I will say that the connection on campus is fast. Of course, there may be a few times were it might take a few seconds longer to load a page, but other than this, the network is an A++. Just a reminder, only students or those who are apart of the University is allowed to connect to the internet, which helps prevent overload with the internet connection.

As for printing, there are a few HOT SPOTS were you could print for free but most places do require you to pay 10 cents for b&w and maybe a few more cents for color. I've never had a problem with printing because I'm always in those HOT SPOTS.

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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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