Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Recent Reviews

claire
Describe the students at your school.

Mostly keep to themselves but every once in a while I've made some really great friends in classes.

Describe the students at your school.

Mostly keep to themselves but every once in a while I've made some really great friends in classes.

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

Facts, statistics and advice are great when selecting which colleges to apply to. But, when it comes down to it the thing that made the biggest difference to me was the school tour. As soon as I arrived at this campus I realized it was right for me, as opposed to the other schools I applied to. Finding your place at a university, no matter what the size, is about choosing an environment you are comfortable in. ANY college education is a good education. Find some place where you can apply yourself and where you will feel comfortable enough to really be engaged.

What's unique about your campus?

Broad, engaging education. It's not just about getting a job here, it's about learning how to interact and be involved in the world.

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

The University of Wisconsin Madison is academically and socially frustrating and very competitive.

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

The University of Wisconsin Madison is academically and socially frustrating and very competitive.

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

College is the place where young adults become adults. The college environment is one of the most important factors when calculating the pros and cons of various institutions. The most important step in finding a college that is right for you is identifying what you want to get out of your college experience. Are you concerned with a College's academic or athletic prestige, or do you want to have a guaranteed job after graduation? Would you rather learn from the best, or learn from the best teachers? These questions are examples of the kinds of decisions you should make before you begin to look at colleges. When you have decided what it is you want from college, then you can begin to look for colleges which fulfill your criteria. When you get to college, the most important first steps are; adjusting to the college lifestyle, establishing a network of friends, and developing good study habits. If you do these three things by the end of your first semester you will be happy with your choice.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Coasties. -Huge coastie population here, people that are motivated, driven, confident

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

In order to find the right college, the parents need to give their child a chance to interact with each school visited. Make ...

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

In order to find the right college, the parents need to give their child a chance to interact with each school visited. Make sure you have a solid of schools in which you would like to attend, and make an effort to go visit all of these schools and find the best environment for you. Remember that this is going to be your school for the next four years, so it is a very important decision. Parents also need to be involved with this decision as well. You need to pick the school that will be the best fit for you, and this cannot be done without personally visiting each school that you have interest in.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who don't like large schools. Madison is a very large school with a lot of people, and for someone who does not like that partciular setting, this would clearly not be the school for them.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is looking for the best college environment around. Madison is a great place to get the full colleg experience. Also, this person should like a large environment. Madison is a big school, with a lot of really great people.

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

I think that no matter which college you choose, if you have the right mindset it will be amazing. College is what you make it. I love the University of Wisconsin. Yes, it is challenging, but I know every day that I am learning information that will help me make a difference in my future. College is not only about academics, but also about making life long friends.

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

That it is going to be a lot of work on your own. And most importantly, no one is going to hold your hand through it.

Prathayini
Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are driven and want a lot out of life. They know how to have fun and get things done. However, unfortun...

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are driven and want a lot out of life. They know how to have fun and get things done. However, unfortunately, there are some that are only here to party.

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

Parents need to understand that, more than anything else, the student needs to be happy at whatever school they decide to go to. Students need to understand that they might be surprised as to what makes them happy. I came to this school because I was not accepted into the other schools I applied to, and my family was able to afford the tuition here. I thought I would be so unhappy at this university, but I can honestly say that I love it here and can't imagine living anywhere else. Find somewhere that feels right to you when you visit...sometimes that feeling can mean so much more than prestige or class sizes or even financial aid. Once you decide on a school, work as hard as you can to get scholarships and an on-campus job that will give you job experience and an income so you can come out of your undergraduate career with as little debt as possible. Above all else, remember that you're going to college for a college education. The "experience" is definitely a part of it, but it's also important to strive for academic excellence.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Students who REALLY want a very small school atmostphere should not attend this school...other than that, there's a niche open for anyone who comes!

Christine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Great cedemic facility, great professors, nice people, very athletic.

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

It is important to find student organizations that you mightb e interested in and actively participlate in those activities. College is what you make of it, and you need to make the effort to be part of the community. Most students and faculties are very helpful, when you need help, do not hesitate to ask. When choosing the right college, it is important to pay a visit to the prospective college. During the visit you can explore around the campus and talk to students and the faculties. It is also important to make sure that they have the academic facility you want. You may want to visit the counselors in your intended major to find out how they may help you to achieve your goals. Finally, you should keep on thing in mind always: college is where you should not only learn, but also have FUN with what you're learning. It is the world in miniature, enjoy and be part of it!

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

So many opportunities. If you want to do something, you can find it on this campus, it's just up to you to seek it out. We ...

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

So many opportunities. If you want to do something, you can find it on this campus, it's just up to you to seek it out. We have over 60 programs in the top 20 of the nation, meaning that whatever you want to study, is going to most likely be top-notch. School spirit, hard academics, beautiful city, amazing faculty, it's a lot to take in and a lot to live up to, but it's worth it.

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

The worst, and the best thing, is that you are on your own at this school. The school really doesn't care how you're doing academically and your advisor won't seek you out to see how things are going. It can be really overwhelming at first. But then again, it's a good thing, because you know that if you graduate from here having taking full advantage of all the opportunities, you'll be ready for whatever life throws at you, because you had to fight for things you wanted during college.

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

I would encourage students to apply to every type of school because you really won't know what you want until it gets closer to college. Apply to some shoe-in schools, and some more reach schools, so that you still have some solid options if you don't get into your dream school. Go on tons of tours, and get a feel for all types of campuses. Urban, rural, big, small, etc. I think it's a good idea to pick a college with lots of high quality majors so that if you change your mind, there is another option waiting for you. To make the most out of your college experience, study, sleep, make friends, have some fun. Do things you need to do and things you've always wanted to do, but don't go too far either way. College is about learning to balance so you don't go crazy.

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

TheUniversity of Wisconsin Madison is an institution that gives so much into creating students who in turn changes the world.

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

TheUniversity of Wisconsin Madison is an institution that gives so much into creating students who in turn changes the world.

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

Think about who and where you want be in ten years, twenty years, and fifty years from now. Will the college you are considering take you there? Then ask your self an even bigger question, what do you want to be giving to others in ten, in twenty, and in fifty years? Will the schools you are applying to help you recieve the tools you need to make those contributions to the world. If the answer to both of those questions is "yes, " then take the time to imagine what you can do for that school and community.

What's unique about your campus?

The comrodery between students. The opportunies available. the drive many studens posses.

Marie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Madison is known for many things. It is known for its rigirous academics, quality programs, and sometimes on the weekend, for...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Madison is known for many things. It is known for its rigirous academics, quality programs, and sometimes on the weekend, for sports and drinking. Madison is a very liberal college town. During the day, the campus is packed. At night, the libraries are packed. The drinking is a stress reliever for students who have incredibly hectic and hard work and class schedules. Madison is full of opportunities and unique experiences that can shape a person's career and life.

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

My advice to students about picking the right college is this: pick for yourself. Do not pick a college based on what friends and family say. Research what you enjoy: extra curriculars, programs, sports, hobbies, or location- big city or little town. College shapes and defines who you are for the rest of your life. Pick a college that you believe is how you want to represent yourself to the world. You need to be confident and open-minded about your choice. Find a college that challenges you, inspires you, motivates you, and caters to you, when you put in the initiative. And once you find a college, be confident. The first year or two are a transition. It will be hard, it will break you, it will push you to your limits. That is how it defines you. For parents, let your child go. Support them, within means, in their decisions so they know they are not alone. Don't limit them. This is their turn to take on the world and they will need your help and wisdom. Don't let them down, but also don't let them take advantage of your support. The time has come.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The kind of person who should attend Madison should be open-minded. He or she should be motivated and ambitious and excited about life and learning. He or she should have a sense of school spirit and pride. It helps for this person to be confident and aware of his or her abilities. He or she should be up for challenges and enjoy meeting new and different people. Someone who attends Madison should want to explore all that the campus has to offer, to get the most out of the amazing college expereince Madison has to offer.

Samuel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Football, Basketball, Business, Engineering, and drinking/partying

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Football, Basketball, Business, Engineering, and drinking/partying

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

Research and visit your colleges. Don't procrastinate and get ready to do a lot of work. Do not get stuck in a crowd or a few friends but keep exploing new people. Talk to TA's and Professors because they want to talk to you. and it'll help your grades =D

What kind of person should attend this school?

Fun, yet hard working. Anyone interested in business or engineering. People from wisconsin or minnesota because of a great tuition deal.

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