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4 College Freshman

Majors: At the University of Wisconsin- Madison, there are hundreds of majors to pick from, so you likely won't have any problem finding one that suits you. There's something to match every interest. Thus far, I have only had one semester of courses towards my biochemistry major, but they have been exciting, and I imagine it can only get better as I get into more of the specifics. More exciting, however, has been my experience in a cancer research lab to supplement my coursework. Many students find such opportunities, which is an ode to the amazing duality between coursework and research here on the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While I don't get involved with any sort of drug or alcohol scene here at the University of Wisconsin, that doesn't mean that it isn't present. I have never been pressured into anything, but let's face it, there are tons of parties and tons of alcohol. I don't know much about drugs, but I'm sure people use it around campus. The good news is that if you don't want to get involved, you don't have to, and you probably won't even see much of it around.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Madison is a nightmare for parking, but the University of Wisconsin- Madison makes up for it with an excellent public transport system. Students receive free unlimited bus passes, so it is easy to reach pretty much everywhere on campus and elsewhere around Madison as well. In addition, there are several cab services that are relatively cheap, and if you just need somebody to walk with at night, Safe Walk is always available.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The student life here at the University of Wisconsin- Madison is excellent. Whether you prefer the Memorial Union, Union South, or some other locale (the WID building is my favorite), there is always somewhere to get together with friends or to study in preparation for the next exam. Many of these places, the Memorial Union in particular, are historic, and provide many events designed for students. One example from this winter is that a skiing and snowboard competition was held on a nearby hill while a section of pavement was frozen over for less-ambitious students to take on some casual ice skating.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The research scene here at the University of Wisconsin- Madison is excellent. As an incoming freshman, I searched on a UW job search website, applied and interviewed for a lab assistant position, and now six months later I am still at the same lab and training to complete my very own cancer research. This is just one way to do it, however, and there are many similar opportunities available to students. In fact, it is a requirement for biology 152 students to work in a lab. I believe that shows how available such positions are for students.

5 College Freshman

Technology: I'm one who usually carries my laptop around with me, and I have never had an issue finding internet access here at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. It seems that every campus building has its own network available to students. In addition there are kiosks in almost every building with mac computers that are reliable , fast, and free to use.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: While I have not participated in many of the opportunities available to students at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, the quality of the institutions and plethora of student organizations/intramural sports is still apparent to me. Several sports facilities, the NAT and SERF in particular, provide everything you can hope for. I myself have been itching to try out the racket ball courts..

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UW Madison is a nightmare. Most students here don't have cars because it is actually an inconvenience. It is hard to find a decent and affordable apartment here with parking. And if there is parking it is usually pretty pricey. It is also pretty much impossible to drive to class here because there are so many students walking you will be stuck in traffic and driving will probably actually slow you down. Then you have the problem of finding parking for your car, which is usually kind of far away from the class buildings anyway.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation at UW Madison is pretty good. Students get a free bus pass for the Madison bus line, but the busses aren't always on time and it takes a long time to get pretty much anywhere that isn't on the campus because the busses have so many stops.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: The drug scene at the UW-Madison is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: UW-Madison's campus life is like no other. The student union (Union South) was newly built a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, an art gallery, and a rock climbing wall and bowling alley-it's a very popular hangout. There are tons of organizations to join, and there are always fun activities and events going on across campus.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: UW-Madison is known for their football games and school pride in general. On game day especially, most of the student body is wearing that red and white. At football games, "Jump Around" is the anthem for any badger. On top of excellent academics and a beautiful campus, badger athletics has the best school pride and excellent teams in any sport

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are lots of parties, but those who are underage have lots of opportunities to have fun without alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are nicer dorms and there are dorms that are in need of some renovation. Overall, the dorms are homey and residential service is great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life on campus gets as good as you make it to be. It's all up to the individual on what he/she wants to get out of his/her college experience.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The university is located in a larger city, yet the campus has beautiful scenery and in some parts, is isolated from a city atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mix of everything on campus - mostly everybody's pretty average, nothing spectecular but not terribly disapointing either.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No knowledge of any of these concerns being an issue.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining options are fantastic on campus! The dining halls are used more by students who live in dorms- mostly freshman and sophomores because of the dining housing accounts that comes along with living in dorms. There are many dining halls around campus and each all have a great variety of foods to choose from. Dining halls do lack a substantial menu for vegetarians and gluten free/ food allergies. However the dining halls are working toward a more food allergy/ gluten free focused menu. Dining halls are a great option for students living in dorms, but if you don't live in dorms you have to pay a little bit more for food there. Most upperclassmen eat at various restaurants or go grocery shopping.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: UW Madison has fantastic nightlife! Parties are always going on Thursday though Saturday nights. Bars and Clubs are always open late on the weekends and are in a central location- State Street area. Transportation is okay until around ten at night for bus transportation, otherwise one must rely on the taxi service, which is not well known around campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't too big on the UW campus. If people are doing drugs its mostly smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What's important to note is that there are two, drastically different "neighborhoods" on campus, Southeast and Lakeshore. Southeast is closer to downtown Madison and State Street, while Lakeshore dorms are all very close to the shoreline of Lake Mendota. The lifestyle of Southeast dorms tends to be a lot more social, while Lakeshore is a bit quieter and reserved. I live in Lakeshore and often wish I'd lived in Southeast, but realize that Lakeshore has its advantages of being closer to the nature available on campus and the fact that it's quiet when I come back to the dorm at night.
As for the buildings themselves, unless you live in DeJope, Ogg, Smith, or the new hall being built in the Lakeshore neighborhood, all the rooms are typically the same size and have the same features. Don't expect to have a ton of room for your stuff and everybody has to share bathrooms with at least a few other people.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: As I'm still a freshman, I don't really know the whole process of applying to get into a program. Maybe that's a problem. I feel like I should know by now exactly how to apply to a specific school or declare my major, but don't know yet. Part of that is my own fault, though, that I haven't gone to try to figure it all out. You have to apply to the different schools here though and that's a stressful thought because I get nervous wondering about what will happen if I don't get into my major.
If you're sure about what you want to major in, look up the graduation requirements and start taking any classes you can take that coincide with the major just to give yourself a head start before you apply.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a drug scene on campus, but only if you're actively looking for it. I wouldn't say that you're just going to fall into it, and looking at it like that, I'd say our campus is pretty safe. Nobody is going to pressure you into anything, and you're not likely to stumble upon it unless you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: You really can't beat Big 10 athletics. I strongly suggest buying season tickets to either football, basketball, or hockey. The atmospheres of each sport are distinctly different, and I'd say I prefer the hockey atmosphere the most. Our fans are ruthless and getting involved in the cheers we have makes you feel like you're really making an impact on the team's performance. Definitely make it a priority to go to at least one game of each of the big three sports.

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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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