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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UWM has whatever anyone wants. The unions are great, the campus is green and it has anything and everything to do.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: My friends think my school looks like a summer camp because it's so pretty. Some buildings are definitely older and need some renovating (cough, humanities, cough), but on the whole, they're very nice.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Union (one of them, anyway) just underwent a remodeling - I can't wait to see how it turns out!

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: There is always to much to do at many campus buildings, with a wide variety of activities for anyone and everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Nothing is better than sitting on the green grass of Bascom Hill and getting some work done. Or just people watching, that works too.

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Students rave about the Memorial Union and it is by far one of the most attractive aspects of UW. It’s comprised of the renowned Rathskellar bar, dining areas, a pool hall, the newly built Peeet's Coffee and Tea Lounge, and the lakeshore terrace. UW currently has plans to build a new student union, opening Spring 2011 and is discussing plans for a recreation facility. The University recently opened the doors of the new Student Activity Center (SAC) and Health Services in the center of campus. The SAC offers meeting and conference rooms, a large rooftop desk, study lounges, as well as numerous comfy chairs and available computers. While the athletic facilities do not receive as much praise, students do feel satisfied with what they offer. Both unions are on campus, and some athletic facilities are only a few blocks away.

While the unions and gyms are very popular, UW obviously has more to offer than just that—for example, the library system is extensive and spreads all over campus. There are a total of 35 libraries, and most are geared towards specific areas of study like geology or art history. Students find this very accommodating and accessible. The academic buildings are in good shape structurally and enhance student learning. For those studying law, the Foley & Lardner trial courtroom is in place for mock hearings and other legal proceedings. Those interested in the art field have access to the Elvejham museum; here, student art pieces are displayed and classes are taught. For business students, the Grainger Hall building was recently added onto with new conference centers, lounge, and offices. One negative aspect of some facilities, however, is the location. Since the school is several miles in size, some academic buildings or libraries may not be within walking distance, which can be inconvenient during bad weather.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
933 acres
Student Centers
  • Memorial Union
  • Student Activity Center (SAC)
  • Union South
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bascom Hill
  • Library Mall
  • State Street
  • Student unions
Bar on Campus
Rathskeller in the Memorial Union
Bowling on Campus
No. Plans are made for a bowling alley in the new Union South, scheduled to open Spring 2011.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • College Library
  • Ingraham Hall
  • Memorial Union
Movie Theater on Campus
Memorial Union Theater
School Slang
  • Bascom: Bascom Hill
  • B'Dubs: Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant
  • Cap Foods: Capitol Center Foods
  • Cap Square: Capitol Square
  • Casa Bs: Casa Bianca restaurant, now known as Pizza Di Roma
  • Chi-Town: Chicago
  • Coasties: Students from the coast
  • College: Helen C. White Library (aka College Library)
  • Frat Row: Langdon Street
  • MadAve: Madison Avenue bar and dance club
  • Madtown: Madison
  • Sconnies: Students originally from Wisconsin (they'll be the ones still wearing just a sweatshirt in 30-degree weather)
  • Shoutouts: Section of the Badger Herald newspaper printed on Wednesdays or posted online during the week. Students submit funny anecdotes, random comments, rants, or whatever else in hopes of seeing their post appear
  • State: State Street
  • Tyme Machine: ATM
  • Farmers Market: The farmers market is open Saturday morning till 2 p.m. Farmers and other sellers set up stands around the Capitol. It's a huge draw for students and the community alike, and a great place to buy fresh produce, bread, plants, desserts, or other assortments of goodies at reasonable prices.
  • Halloween on State Street: A weekend filled with music, costumes, and alcohol. Students pay to go on State Street dressed in their costumes. It's the largest campus party of the year.
  • Mifflin Street Block Party: Thousands of students come to Mifflin as residents open their homes and liquor cabinets. Entertainment usually provided as well.
  • Picnic Point: One of the best hookup spots according to students. A beautiful 3-mile walk on Lakeshore path leads to a fire pit and benches overlooking the middle of the lake.
  • Sledding on Liz Waters: Winter is not complete without having at least once gone sledding on a cafeteria tray on either Liz Waters or Bascom hills.
Urban Legends
  • Rumor has it that studying at the Helen C. White Library will ultimately lead to finding your soul mate. Rated the number one hookup spot by students, thus ensuring that `studying' isn't always hard work.
  • The Lakeshore path is very scenic and great to walk down, but students are wary of it at night; rumors of crimes and sexual assault has led to the nighttime nickname of "rapeshore path".
  • There is a rumored tradition of some freshmen touching the Lincoln statue's hand or foot before their first classes on campus or before big tests, and of other students sitting in Lincoln's lap after graduation for good luck. Most students generally climb up on his lap at least once in their college experience.
Favorite Things To Do
Play Frisbee on Bascom Hill, get gelato at Paciugo-Shop on State Street, go to sports games, sled down Liz Waters Hill on cafeteria trays, go dancing at MadAve, study in the Memorial Union Cages, drink coffee in the Starbucks Loft, go sailing/swimming in Lake Mendota, take a Zumba class at the SERF, or go ice skating at the Shell. Visit the Union, go to the theaters, shop and get great food on State Street, go out on the lakes, walk to Picnic Point, work out at the recreational centers, play sports in front of the Kohl Center or on Bascom Hill.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
UW offers an extensive number of student organizations. Students can find clubs geared towards anything from celebrating diversity to discussing new fiction. The following is a sample list of many of the organizations and clubs UW offers.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Camp Randall was once the site of a Civil War training camp. It now houses a 77,000 seat stadium and a memorial arch.
  • In the past decade, 12 UW buildings have been extensively renovated, including Grainger Hall, Chamberlain Hall, Engineering Centers, the chemistry building, and the Microbial Services building. Two housing dorms-Smith and Ogg-have been built, and campus has opened the doors of the new Student Activity Center and University Health Services.

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 23% Walk campus
  • 19% Hang out on the terrace during the summer
  • 16% Visit new places or restaurants
  • 10% See a movie for free at Union South
  • 9% Run
  • 5% Scale the mountain that is Bascom hill
  • 5% Bike
  • 4% Play basketball at the serf
  • 2% Improv Shows
  • 1% Ballroom Dance Club
  • 1% Fishing
  • 1% Play soccer
  • 1% Hang out with friends
  • 0% Swing dancing club
  • 0% Play intramural sports and the zombie game
  • 0% Lay out on Bascom Hill
  • 0% Go to Badger games!
  • 0% Weightlifting
  • 0% Open mic session at Memorial Union

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 164 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 78 responses

  • 18% Farmers Market
  • 17% Football traditions
  • 14% Halloween on State Street
  • 11% Picnic Point
  • 10% Welcome Week
  • 7% Any Athletic event
  • 6% Mifflin Street Block Party
  • 6% Laying in the gardens eating Babcock ice cream
  • 4% Sledding on Liz Waters
  • 4% Battle of Bascom
  • 2% Friday After Class at the KK
  • 0% None of those mentioned above

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 81 responses

  • 42% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 12% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 162 responses

  • 59% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 39% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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