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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.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UW-Madison Is a Place of Discovery – I love this university because of the diversity that consists on campus. I've always felt comfortable and able to voice out my concerns. Therefore, I really believe that the school policy does a great job stressing on the importance about equality and diversity, which is a plus for me because I'm bi-cultural. Other than this, this university is known for their research credentials. Having been here for 3 years, I have to say that there's still a lot more about this University that still have yet to explore and that's because we're always expanding!!! New buildings, new dorms, and better roads!!

What's even better is that there's always something going on everyday. The events that occur on campus open up more opportunities for students to explore and expand their network. I've learned so much about what services are offered to students in need of help, medical assistance, or homework related.

Besides this, I've met so many exchanged students and made many friends of different ethnicity. This helped pushed me to step outside my bubble and build relationships that will help me find more connections or jobs even after college. As you probably already realized, I am loving my experience here at UW-Madison. It's the perfect place to challenge yourself in an environment with other strong and committed students.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: State Street Is Great – state street in madison has plenty of fantastic places to eat, with a good variety, not just one type of food.

4 College Junior

Majors: The professors are all very knowledgeable, and there are opportunities for internships.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Run Run as Fast as You Can – Expensive city. Everything injected with partisan politics. University alienating itself from the state so future funding is questionable. Many professors don't care. The academics are good, but no better than other Midwest choices. Go somewhere else if you would pay out of state tuition. If would pay in state tuition, it might be worth putting up the University.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Ok but Repetitive – The food is alright but nothing special. You have a variety of different options but healthy and not healthy. You don't need to buy a meal plan if you don't feel like you will be eating in dining halls often.

3 College Junior

Transportation: There are no campus shuttles just city buses. They come often but they are often full. The best option is just to walk because most things are within walking distance.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of campus. You often see them on campus and there are parties every weekend. If you are not interested in being Greek this campus is also good for you because you are free to do what you want and there are many people who are not greek.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The schoool is large, and therefore, there is a lot of competition for the financial awards given out during the year. The process is online, and is easy enough to understand, but the school does not readily inform you when the application opens to students. It is a timely commitment to make, but well worth it if it turns out in your favor.
If you have any trouble with it, the financial aid department at Madison is extremely friendly, and always willing to help.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived in off campus housing during my first year, and am looking forward to my second. The pricing is usually a bit less than the dorms, however the apartments have more to offer. They generally have more living space and cooking facilities. In a dorm, you are not allowed to cook in your room, and are forced to enter the meal plans the campus offers. Apartment life saves money in this aspect because the meal plans at UW-Madison are mildly outrageous.
Apartments are incredibly easy to find as they are all over the campus area, though no matter where you are on the campus, parking is difficult to find and generally very expensive. Such is life in Madison.

College Sophomore

Administration: None Known – I have not run across any occurances in this area.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The traffic can be congested at times as there seems to be construction going on somewhere all the time. Traffic is also congested and dangerous because students do not adhere to pedestrian laws. The campus itself is very safe.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Always Available – There are so many different Labs on campust. You can always find somewhere to us a computer. The only difficult time is during finals week there is a pretty good chance the lab might be full if you choose to attend one of the 24 hour labs.

4 College Senior

Academics: BEST. UNIVERSITY. EVER. Academics at UW are stellar due to to so many factors: excellent faculty, challenging and diverse curriculum, a simple yet selective registration process, a doable (and sometimes seemingly impossible) workload, world-class research opportunities, a wide variety of study abroad programs, and a historically rich campus on which to study.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Be Independent and Stay Informed, but Know That There's Help Available! The financial aid process at UW can be a bit tricky if you're not internet-savvy, but all in all, I've found it during my 4 years at Madison to be quite simple! (As long as one stays informed on deadlines!) After filing the FAFSA, the office of student financial aid takes the reins and figures out just how much one is eligible for, which makes things pretty convenient! Applying for scholarships can be tricky as well, but as long as one takes a look over the financial aid office's website and learns how to navigate it, everything's downhill!

4 College Senior

Academics: German Program Is AWESOME! The German department at UW is stellar...I can't praise the professors, advisors, class offerings, and instruction enough! Both Mark Louden and Charles James are extremely helpful in the process of declaring the German major, and one can even get a certificate in German if the major isn't plausible! The classes are always highly informative and interesting, and the workload is usually pretty manageable. I've been very satisfied with my experiences at the UW in the German department as a German major.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Totally Location Dependent! Madison's off-campus housing selection can vary quite vastly...one one end of the spectrum, there are high-rise apartments that come pre-furnished, include top-of-the-line appliances, have extremely convenient locations, and are generally coveted amongst students--all for a HEFTY price, though! In my opinion, not worth it. On the other end of the spectrum, Madison is home to some dilapidated houses and apartments, which may come complete with bats and other critters, unpleasant smells, lack of security, a far-from-campus location, and just a general feeling of squalor. Again, in my opinion, not worth it! Madison *does* offer some nice middle-of-the-road off-campus housing, which, if one does the proper research and configuring, can be both affordable and have a good location!

1 College Sophomore

Majors: Very Tough – You need to have 3.5 GPA or higher and A TON of involvement in the business world and in the organizations associated with the Business school. Attend Ignite the Potential and CEO Training camp. Do not forget about you grades! They are super important! Also, write a meaningful essay that will make you stand out of the crowd. The Essay is important in getting in as well!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Business All the Way – Business skills basically can relate to anything later on in life! Not only that there is money to be made in business as long as you have the drive! I hope to be an event planner as a career, it is just hard that there is no specific major for it. But business is great and very versatile! Event planning jobs are scarce, so I will have to hunt long and hard for a job.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Love Being a Badger! Madison is a great city with things always happening! Lots of people to meet and make friends with! Campus really isn't as big as it seems. Relatively safe campus. In sports we win quite a bit! Tons of companies to work for! Class sizes can be big until you get further into your major.

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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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