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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my Biology major program. You have your general requirements, like Physics, Organic and General Chemistry and Intro to Bio, but after there is really a wide variety of options to choose. You have to take ten credits of Advanced Biology that range from organismal to ecological so it would be pretty hard to find zero classes you are interested in. It is also pretty easy (in my experience) to get into a research lab. Just email lots of professors and don't be discouraged if they don't get back to you!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police are fast and efficient. As a large campus, there are incidents that occur, but I've never felt unsafe.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are plenty of sororities and fraternities to join if you want. Some live in chapter houses, others live in dorms or off-campus housing. A few of my friends in a sorority say they enjoy it, but it can be a huge commitment and potentially get in the way of school work.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many great choices nearby. There is also a ton of variety. You can find anything on State St., and the food carts are also amazing. No shortage on quality or quantity of off-campus dining options.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I did not live in the dorms. Since I now live in an apartment, I haven't ever had a dining plan. However I have only heard good things about the dining halls.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets very cold in the winter, which lasts about five months. It can also be very windy because campus sits between two lakes. The summer weather is nice, and fall in Wisconsin is beautiful.

3 College Junior

Administration: The Madison police accept that parties are going to happen, and their main priority isn't to stop all partying, but to make sure it stays safe and doesn't bother neighboring non-students. They are generally pretty good at letting you off with just a warning if you cooperate and break up a party when they show up. If you fight them, that's when you'll land hefty fines.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Every single student who attends UW is proud to be a Badger, and Saturday game days are proof of this. Every home football game turns Madison into a sea of red - students, alumni, and Madison residents all show their pride in the Big10 team. While other sports aren't as popular, we still boast a great basketball and hockey team, and there are many IM teams for students to get active.

5 College Junior

Technology: There are many computer labs spread out across campus, loaded with the latest software. And, in addition, UW's DoIt team are available to help fix your laptops, offer you the latest software at discounted rates, and have free classes to teach you things like Adobe Creative Suite or HTML.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: School is so big that its difficult to get help for classes. People are really competitive and sometimes aren't willing to help you, because most classes are curved and if you do poorly their grade is better.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is always something to do on campus. There is State Street with tons of places to go shopping or eat, not to mention about 12 different coffee places. The campus is absolutely beautiful and even in the cold of the winter you can't help but to notice how breathtaking Bascom Hill looks covered in snow. And bager games, whether its football basketball or hockey are always the most fun. There are something like 20 libraries on campus so the only difficult thing is finding which one you like the most. Madison has two student unions each unique in their own way. The famous Memorial Union is home to the Terrace, which faces the lake and is the best place to go spend an afternoon outside. Then there is also Union South which has a movie theater and the Sett, a bar and grill with rock climbing wall and bowling ally downstairs. Both unions have different restaurants with really good food. There's never a time to be bored here because the campus and university have so much offer and there's always something going on.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a part of the College of Letters and Science and its a fairly easy program. The cross-college advisors are not very helpful to be honest, but once you pick a major and are more focused the advisors improve in their ability to help you by a lot. Being a psychology major at UW-Madison is no joke though. All of the psychology class you take are fitted to a bell curve and only a small fraction ~5% will get an A in any given class. You definitely need to try hard to succeed in this major. However, a lot of the professors are very interesting and give lectures that you actually will want to attend. There are a ton of research opportunities on campus and your best bet is to get into a laboratory as soon as possible. This can be accomplished relatively easily by doing well in your classes and talking with professors and advisors as they will be able to help find research that is interesting to you.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The biggest problem for drugs on campus is adderall and other study drugs. Aside from that drinking and smoking are pretty popular but there is very low peer pressure to do the things you don't want to do. All you have to do is say no, and people will respect your personal decisions.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments to find on campus but they're all relatively expensive, although there are a few that are not (and the tend to go fast). Finding an apartment is not as challenging as finding an affordable apartment, however a large majority of them are definitely worth what you pay for them.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining halls offer alright food, but there are plenty of other options around Campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The University of Wisconsin Madison excels in student safety. As a female, I feel safe walking from campus to my apartment alone at night. For those who do not want to walk alone, the University sponsors "Safe Walk," a duet of students who accompany lone walkers home. Along with "Safe Walk" the University has several police buttons in areas that could commonly be associated as high risk.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The University of Wisconsin Madison offers a wide variety of academic programs, you are basically free to choose whatever you please. Additionally, all students have easy accessibility to academic advisers and academic consoling. The professors are highly approachable in regards to your classes and performance.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Student life at University Wisconsin-Madison is almost beyond description. Not only do we have an enthusiastic and welcoming student body, we have access to excellent professors and facilities. The University offers a wide range of organizations and student outreach programs. Recent construction has mixed modernity into our historic city, while retaining and maximizing green space. You can always find someone and somewhere to study.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Madison has a fairly large party scene. I do not see a great deal of peer pressure to join and those who do partake are respectful of those who do not. Additionally, any drug use is fairly calm and not highly advertised.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Students are able to get free bus passes for Madison Metro with their student ID. There are also other options such as SafeWalk. Bicycling is also very prominent.

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5 College Junior

Majors: The process for getting into the Dance Department was very straight forward; application to University, application to Department, physical audition.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I fee like I will definitely be prepared to get a job in my field after graduation, but I would have liked a slightly more inspiring environment, as well as greater involvement from my professors.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Amazing levels of student involvement, great team performances, an absolutely insane amount of fan support and school spirit.

5 College Junior

Majors: My program, Economics, is very easy to get into. It is a part of the school of Letters and Science, and you simply declare your major and that's it! No application process at all.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I am an economics major and if I could do it ver again I would! The department staff is awesome and extremely helpful. I have no concerns about finding a job in my field after graduation, because UW Madison is a very prestigious university that prepares you quite well!

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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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