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Reviews 2695 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

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 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.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Finding an Internship – I will have no problem at UW MAdison finding an internship. There are tons of opportunities through UW MAdison and the different organizations I am in. Make sure you internship your junior year summer of college.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Police Aren't Too Harsh – As long as your neighbors don't turn you in, your party won't get busted.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being a Badger Is the Best! Madison is a great city. And attending UW Madison is even better! Lots of things to do. Sports always are awesome. You should definitely make sure you study, they make you work hard! And it is expensive...

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Help With Hands on Experiences – A professor I didn't know helped me join a volunteer trip to New Orleans. They got me connected to a whole new network of people with similar interests.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A Lot of Work for Not That Much Money – All I received were loans which wasn't worth all the trouble I went through. We had to call the office multiple times because they lost my forms or got it wrong.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Best Bars in Big 10 – Madison lives up to its name for a great party school with State Street loaded with people most every night. A fake ID is not nessessary for freshman year but is very helpful and becomes a near requirement from there on out. With dozens of bars and plenty of good deals, Madsion will quench your thirst for beer and parties.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Engineering Diffucult but Managable. I will be a sophmore in the fall majoring in chemical engineering so up until this point I have run the gauntlet of large lecture classes. My most important advice is to transfer as much credit as you can to the school. The course loads become unmanagable if you don't transfer at least 10-15 credits into the program. So if you have no job prospects for a summer, go to your community college and take as much as you can to transfer. (Your conselor will help you with the details.) Either work full time or be a full time student year round in order to graduate engineering in 4 years.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: So Many Apartments! Madison was built to be a college town, and because of that, there is always a lot of housing, and it is diverse, too. There are blocks of apartments, houses, frats, and other places to stay during your time here, all within a good distance from school.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out State Street – State Street has the best food in the world, with lots of the Sate Street culture to go with it. State Street has everything from Brats to Pizzas, subs, Five Guys burgers, ethnic foods, Hawk's Bar, Paul's Club, and more! Capitol Square also boasts some hot ticket places, with my favorite being the Old Fashioned.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go – Public Transportation is really good around Madison. Buses run until the very early mornings, and they have frequent stop schedules. Bikes are also a great way to get around, seeing as Madison is one of the top "bike-friendly" cities in the nation. There is also SafeServices, which features a SafeWalk, SafeRide, and SafeBus system which runs late at night and can come get you wherever you need to be picked up, for free!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: One Application – It is nice that the Scholarships@UWMadison program only requires one application, but you are not guaranteed anything


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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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