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University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Recent Reviews

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

Have fun, enjoy the randomness of life, and don't take everything so seriously. Love it while you can.

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

Have fun, enjoy the randomness of life, and don't take everything so seriously. Love it while you can.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

big classes, professors often seem so smart they are unattainable.

Sabbath
Describe the students at your school.

Intelligent and like to have a good time.

Describe the students at your school.

Intelligent and like to have a good time.

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

The party/drinking atmosphere of this school. Had I known I may have steered away from it as I got caught up in it for the first 2 years of college and suffered academically during those two years.

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

To parents: Instill core values into your children as the progressive, liberal values of the campus/environment have a lot of sway on impressionable minds. To students: there is more to the college experience than drinking and partying such as getting involved in student/campus affairs, using professors and teaching assistants despite large class sizes (most are afraid to use this valuable resource and professors/TAs end up twiddling their thumbs during office hours as very few students make use of them), and surrounding yourself with people you'd like to model (e.g. people in your same major, entrepreneurially minded people, socially and environmentally responsible people, those with a shared vision, etc.). Above all else, become proactive in all areas of interest to you and even those that are not to challenge the status-quo work in collaboration with others to impact fellow students, campus, and community at large. By doing this, you will have experienced the Wisconsin Experience - the idea that together, we create and apply learning inside and outside the classroom to make the world a better place.

Vatou
Describe the students at your school.

Friendly and willing to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

Friendly and willing to learn.

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

Don't rely too much on what you read in terms of numbers or testimonials. The best way is to visit campuses announced and unannounced to see the different angles because those who give tours tend to send a different feel to swaying decisions rather than saying what it really is.

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

How competitive it is to find a job before attending school. Also the way credits determine priority to signing up for classes.

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

Liberal school in my mostly conservative state

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

Visit all of your prospective schools, attend a lecture or two, and most importantly, talk to current students in a variety of different majors. Facebook is great for this. I've been contacted by probably about 5 prospective students, and have done my best to give them as much information as possible. Don't be afraid to contact us. Also, DO NOT let your parents decide where you will attend school. Take their position into account,sure, but please make the decision BY YOURSELF, not taking into account their feelings, but only the rational parts of their argument.

Alex
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are acedemically oriented but still a lot of fun. They love to drink and party, but they also work really hard....

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are acedemically oriented but still a lot of fun. They love to drink and party, but they also work really hard. They have the mentality "work hard play hard". Our sports are also very popular and people are excited and dedicated to our school.

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

I would give the advice that they should do as many campus visits as they can to the colleges they are interested in. That was the biggest help for me, and it really makes a difference as far as knowing what to expect from the university and the 'campus life.' Campus orientations and tours are also great for getting the feel for the different things and opportunites available. I would also recommend choosing a place that has the extracurricular activities that sound interesting to the perspective student. Even a tour of the university housing and libraries would be a huge help because that is probably the place he/she will be spending the most time. Lastly, I believe its very important for the prospective student to know what the expectations of the school are. Many students here find the expectations too high and the work load too heavy and end up having to leave. If the student knows ahead of time the competitiveness and work load expected, it could save them a lot of trouble and anxiety. Overall, its important that they find a school that meets all their needs, from acedemics, to extraccuriculars, to social life.

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

I am enjoying every aspect of this school. There's nothing I would change or like differently. The only thing that i'm not completely satisfied with is the size of Madison. It's only 100 thousand or so and I like huge cities better.

Lauren
What's unique about your campus?

The alumni seem to love it... and it has a good reputation across the country.

What's unique about your campus?

The alumni seem to love it... and it has a good reputation across the country.

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

Take some time off. Rushing into school is overrated. You don't know anything.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is shy. Or transfer students. Being a transfer student is very hard here--it is unwelcoming and overwhelming.

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

Whatever your gut tells you, go with it. Your first choice is usually the best one.

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

Whatever your gut tells you, go with it. Your first choice is usually the best one.

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

Apartment prices. They are outlandish. The weather during the winter months. It's the worst.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The crazy overachieving competitive students in some of my classes. They are a little ridiculous.

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

One of the most amazing experiences in my life.

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

One of the most amazing experiences in my life.

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

Take the time to look at schools and spend time in the city they are in, even if it is just for a day or two. If you aren't convinced, keep looking!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Lack of attention to Humanities.

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

get involved as soo nas possible when you arrive at school. Know that everyone is feeling the same as you are they just may b...

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

get involved as soo nas possible when you arrive at school. Know that everyone is feeling the same as you are they just may be faking it better. Get involved, and take healthy risks in defining yourself

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

i wish I knew that connectons in college is extremely important to make with your professors, classmates etc...

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

the lack of diversity within the student population

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