Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Danielle
Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates at this university are eager to learn and more than happy to help other students who are in need of help.

Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates at this university are eager to learn and more than happy to help other students who are in need of help.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Most important when choosing a college or university is to look at the academic integrity of the school. You want to ensure that they have the proper degree/major you are interested in and other possibilites that interest you just in case you change your mind along the way. Although academics should be the number one determiner of the college you plan to attend you also want to be sure that the extracurricular activities they offer interest you as well. You will definitely need a social life in college to stay sane. Another important thing to consider is the city/town where the college is located. It may seem unimportant since you will be spending a majority of your time on campus, but the surrounding area has more of an influence on the campus and you than you may expect. And last but not least , Good Luck!

Melissa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, prospective university student, do what you want to do, not what your parents or girlfriend/boyfriend or best f...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, prospective university student, do what you want to do, not what your parents or girlfriend/boyfriend or best friend wants you to do. Relationships change, you change, but your goals and ideals remain within you always, so you must be true to yourself. If you are worried about money, there are countless off-campus and on-campus jobs, scholarships, grants, and stipends available. Also, don't be afraid to have fun amidst the study-your-booty-off times. College is about figuring out who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to do with your life. Take it seriously, but not too seriously. If there is a once-in-a-lifetime event going on but you have a botany lab practical the next day, go to the event. Each little thing you attend or experience changes you in some way, and there may be some lecture, conference, volunteer activity or whatever that will open your eyes and alter your life. Be open-minded, be spontaneous, have fun (but don't forget that the GPA and relationships with professors are important, too). :)

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

There are always fun activities to do, and famous and/or accomplished lecturers and conferences that are very interesting. Most students and professors are very nice, and it's big enough where you can meet a huge number of people, but you can also do things by yourself.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is confident, out-going, ambitious, and open-minded should attend UW-Madison.

Ivan
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The school is huge, but at the same time I never found it overwhelming as I orgionally anticipated. You have the option to ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The school is huge, but at the same time I never found it overwhelming as I orgionally anticipated. You have the option to surround yourself in a more natural setting or in city life (medium sized city). While Madison has a reputation for its sports and drinking culture and most students drink quite a bit, there is so much else it has to offer from the second largest sailing club in the country to mountaineering, skiing, sky and scuba diving, martial arts and array of club sports many of which I never heard of before.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The winter weather. The city is beautiful and the weather is perfect in the spring and summer, but it gets really cold during the winter. During the warmer parts of the year I enjoy swimming in the lakes around campus and to excercise outside, but the weather interferes with this during the winter, which might be better for me academically.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

1. Everyone is different, but it they are mature enough I definetly reccomend a big school since they are able to offer so many more classes, clubs and unique experiences that a small school can't compete with. I know far more people who have transfered to big schools from small schools than the other way around. Plus the more girls there are the better your odds! 2. Don't play video games all day or only socialize with people you met the first week of college or who are on your floor. GET ACTIVE IN CLUBS, they are great for dealing with stress and fitting into a group that is more likely to share similar interests. Clubs are a healthy way to find out activities you enjoy and to transition into college. Clubs are also likely to have older members who you can learn a lot from once you set aside your ego. And, ask out that girl you met in your english class to coffee, she might say no, but at least you will not have any regrets.

Lindsey
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One must fully explore the opportunities each University presents. Be aware of the extra-curricular activities, look at the ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One must fully explore the opportunities each University presents. Be aware of the extra-curricular activities, look at the community envolvement, and check out the career center. You want a school that has a strong alumni network, one that reaches out to its current and past students, and one that will allow you to develop to your greatest potential. Few students know what they want to do, and having a University where you can explore other majors while getting degree credits is important. Having advisors and mentors that will share their experience and understand your needs is important. Look at the free and additional programming offered. My University had free computer classes, mind and body classes, safe walks and access to the best databases available. These can all really add to the overall experience. Talk to students. All kinds of students, to try and get an idea of what the complete experience will be like. Visit a campus more than once, preferably at different times of the year. Check out the library on a weekend, go to a sporting event. What are the students doing? If they are studying/cheering away and you want to too, go there.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How quickly it was going to go. so fast, I wish I would have taken better advantage of free computer classes and done more activities.

Carolyn
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UW-Madison is a well rounded, ethnically diverse campus that offers many resourses for both acedemic and extra-curriculuar ac...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UW-Madison is a well rounded, ethnically diverse campus that offers many resourses for both acedemic and extra-curriculuar activities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would recommend that parents and students seriously look into how they are going to be funding their college education. If their children are going to be paying for their own schooling they should be ready for the knowledge that they will still need to get their parents tax information in order to qualify for Financial Aid. If they do not plan on giving this information to their children to apply for financial aid the students should be aware that there are resources available to them for help with aid and other resources to help them secure money to pay for school without parent aid. I also recommend that both parents and students tour the campuses and ask a lot of questions to their tour guides such as how long it takes to get to classes and ask questions about classroom size averages. If you know what your major might be, make sure to look up that department before you go to tour campus and then while on campus tour the building as well as possible to ensure knowlege of how to get around the building. (some buildings can be very difficult to find classrooms based on the classroom number).

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I like to tell others about the knowledge of my professors and the things that I have learned about. The professors are ethnically diverse and offer a lot of differnet points of view within each individual major..

Katherine
Describe the students at your school.

The younger the students, the more they liked to party, while the upperclassmen were less involved with campus.

Describe the students at your school.

The younger the students, the more they liked to party, while the upperclassmen were less involved with campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

After attending three colleges during my undergraduate career, the one thing I can say for sure is that the school itself is less important than what you make of it and how you use your time there. Any college -- even the best one, if there is such a one -- can be a bad school for someone who does not know or care to make a good experience out of it. Being social, studying hard -- but not too hard!, communicating with professors, being involved, joining clubs, playing sports... big school or small school, large classes or small classes... every one is different. What matters the most is knowing that the eight semesters during which you have to work to earn your bachelors degree CAN be amazing learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. It's all about finding what interests you, balanced with what you think will benefit you in your future and career aspirations, and you will undoubtedly get the most out of your college experience.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is not very personable, which I'm assuming has a lot to do with the size. Before this school, I attended two that had about 7-8000 students; this one was much larger and it seemed to come across much more readily that students were more often "just numbers."

Jenny
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look at every possible option. Even though traveling can be a hastle, visit several campuses. Large ones and small ones, it c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look at every possible option. Even though traveling can be a hastle, visit several campuses. Large ones and small ones, it can really help narrow the search down to what the student is really looking for. Get involved in extracurricular activities, without them it is easy to forget what college is about, learning more than you ever will in you entire life. Don't be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone, what better a time to try new things, than a time when everyone around you is a little afraid at the same time,and lastly, if the college you chose isn't what you were expecting, it's ok to transfer and try again. Four years is a long time, try not to stress too much about it because you can always find something good out of a situation that may appear dissapointing.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is overwhelmed by large amount of people. It is a very large university so if you are not an outgoing person it is easy to be lost in the crowd. Also, the classes are very large, so a timid, shy person wouldn't fit in because you have to speak up in lecture to get the most out of the education, that means showing your opinion in front of up to 500 people.

Elise
Describe the students at your school.

A big divide between the in-state and out of state students.

Describe the students at your school.

A big divide between the in-state and out of state students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure if they go to a state school they talk to both in state and out-of-state students.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who enjoys football games, socializing and the big campus feel.

Taylor
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

give your kids responsibility and independence before they begin college

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

give your kids responsibility and independence before they begin college

What kind of person should attend this school?

anybody...but be careful; if you have no self-discipline, you might get caught up in the fun

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure the college is strong in the fields you think you want to study in.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure the college is strong in the fields you think you want to study in.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It's easy to be lost in the crowd, but it's not so big that there's always somthing going on.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Conservative non-partiers; people who don't like winter.

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