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University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Recent Reviews

Kelly
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are enthusiastic about their learning experience at our university.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are enthusiastic about their learning experience at our university.

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

Make sure you're ready to attend college and give it your all. It's a huge commitment and different from high school (i.e. amount of homework is quite a bit more, you're away from home). There is an emphasis on getting involved in student organizations and the importance of volunteering in the community. And the best thing you can do if you find yourself in a dilemma? Always communicate with your advisor and professors - they're there to help you achieve educational success.

What's unique about your campus?

The atmosphere is lively and has the warm feel of a small town

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

No matter where you find yourself currently, or see yourself going in the future, any student has to be comfortable in the un...

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

No matter where you find yourself currently, or see yourself going in the future, any student has to be comfortable in the university environment that they choose to attend. Although it may seem irrational to disregard tuition costs, I would recommend using this criteria only as a last resort when evaluating a potential school choice. If you're able to find somewhere that fuels your passions in life, by all means seize that opportunity, no matter what obstacles you may see somewhere down ther road. Having this type of environment will only enhance a students ability to grow and develop into the profession that they wish to be, in whatever field they desire. Ultimately what it boils down to is finding a school that you know you can wake up every morning and be pumped to start your day whether it's raining, clear skies, or snowed a foot the night before. If you can find some place like this, I assure you you'll enjoy every bit of your college experience. I know I did. ON WISCONSIN!!!

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

I wouldn't say that there is a worst thing, unless you consider having too much fun a bad thing.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes to be active both academically and socially. This is DEFINITELY a school that lives by the motto WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER.

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

My school is competitive, but not without a sense of fun and experience because that is what you need to know who and what yo...

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

My school is competitive, but not without a sense of fun and experience because that is what you need to know who and what you want to become.

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

The choice of finding THE college cannot be something found in a pamphlet or by the school's statistics. It all comes down to each individual student and the comfort level with which they find themselves on campus. I strongly encourage as many campus visits as possible. If you (the student) get out of the car, look around and feel right away that it is wrong for you, that is good enough. Finding the correct school takes time and consideration, certainly the most important decision thus far in the students life. Emphasis there was on student. The best a parent can do is be supportive, and be a good listener. Forcing a school on your son or daughter will not end well, and can only end in heartbreak. Believe and trust yourself, you are about to start the most amazing transition of your life.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about UW-Madison, is the opportunities available during the undergraduate years, and onward to a career. On such a large campus, many options are available that can fit each student as close not only to their ideal career, but the sort of lifestyle they have always wanted.

Gillean
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To limit this question to one idea or one concrete thing is far too difficult. When people think Madison, they think top res...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To limit this question to one idea or one concrete thing is far too difficult. When people think Madison, they think top research. They think football and parties. They think liberal. They think internationally focused. They think demanding academics. These thoughts are what defines Madison, and yet are only a part of this school as well. It seems impossible for me to limit the thought to one idea.

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

Choosing the right college is one of the biggest decisions you may have had to make so far. Other people may influence the decision, but ultimately, it is your decision, that will impact you in the most direct way. Having recently graduated, I look back on four amazing years of my life. I formed friends I will never forget, passions I never knew existed within me, and the person I am and want to become. In order to fully benefit from your college experience, I would first recommend visiting the college. University of Wisconsin-Madison was my last choice until I went on a college visit and fell in love with the campus, the people, and the opportunities available. Can you see yourself as one of the tour guides, or a student in one of the lectures, or a person studying in the libraries? Invest as much time as possible finding out what kind of options the shcool can provide because if you change your major path, or career aspirations, you will want the tools to form a new path. And finally . . . when picking the college for you, find one aspect of that school that excites you beyond any other.

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

Unfortunately, our school has been in the limelight quite a bit for alcohol related incidents. I feel this negative attention puts people's focus on the party reputation our school has earned rather than all of its various positive attributes such as its rigorous academic curriculum, unlimited club opportunities, and global outlook.

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

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an academically challenging school that requires students to stay on top of their work...

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

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an academically challenging school that requires students to stay on top of their work at all times, but at the same time the school offers many different sports, activities, groups, and clubs to get involved with, and along with the attractive and entertaining city of Madison, it is a great place to live, work, and study.

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

While it's important to find a school that has the major you would like to study, know that this very well could change by the time you are ready to graduate. So choose a school that is in a city or town that you really love (size, location, surroundings, weather), make sure they offer a wide variety of classes if you are unsure of your area of study, and look at the activities and events that the school offers. Study hard, do your homework (on time!), meet with the professors when they give you office hours, go to the writing center to get help on papers, take advantage of the public transportation, but also HAVE FUN! Go to sporting events, enjoy the union, go out to eat, explore the city (farmers market, ethnic restaurants, lakes, parks), don't go home every weekend, join new clubs to meet people, volunteer around the community, become involved! College is a great time to meet some of your best friends, gain a well-rounded education, learn to live on your own, and discover who you are as a person.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

While the professors are very knowledgable and there are a wide variety of classes offered, it is difficult to feel engaged in a class of 300 students. It is also hard to receive individual attention from counselors, professors, and other staff when the student body is so large. In order to get extra help, you really have to search for assistance and be flexible.

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

The advice I would give to prospective students going to college is to really take the time to know the university you are co...

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

The advice I would give to prospective students going to college is to really take the time to know the university you are considering. Not only are academics important, but the social life and comfort level the university provides for that student are key to choosing the right college. Once you have chosen that university that is a perfect fit, make sure that the student gets involved with many different things, whether it's a religious organization, club, or sport. It is important to stay involved, because that is a great way to meet many new people and get the most out of life! Because the student is someone who cares about their grades, make sure that they take time to put a lot of energy into studying as well. It is important to balance a life dedicated both to working hard at school and taking time to relax and enjoy the college experience!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Classes are very competitive and the courses are pretty tough.

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

The fun that we have! We work hard and play hard, accelerating in mostly everything to do! Madison is a great place for everyone--you fit in here no matter who you are! Everyone at this University loves to have a good time!

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

Although my school is considered to be one of the top party schools in the country, it is also very academically focused and ...

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

Although my school is considered to be one of the top party schools in the country, it is also very academically focused and is ranked as the top 12 school in the world for academics.

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

One big factor in deciding what college I would be attending was the distance from home. A big suggestion that I would make to anyone is do evaluate yourself and really think about how you will be able to cope with being away from home. For someone like me, considering that I would be going through a complete culture shock, it was important that I had easy access to my home and my family. Another of my suggestions to the students is to find a healthy balance between focusing on school work and your social life. Some students become competely consumed in the social part of college and it takes a major toll on the academic aspect. On the other hand, some students overwhelm themselves with school work, and the social life becomes in existant. Believe it or not, this can also have a very negative affect on your academics. It's never a good thing to overexert yourself. Last, but definitely not least, college is about broadening your horizons an exploring things in life that you may not have been exposed to before. Keep and open mind, be versatile, and always keep your future plans/goals in mind.

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

I wish I had been accurately warned on how little diversity there is on this campus, because had I been warned, I may have been a bit more prepared for the racial situations that my friends and I have experienced.

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

I think you have to strongly consider what you want to do with your life. If you're uncertain remember you can always transfe...

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

I think you have to strongly consider what you want to do with your life. If you're uncertain remember you can always transfer, picking a college doesn't mean you're stuck with it forever. Still, make sure you know the size of the campus, the diversity it has, its programs available, and the city around it. These are all important factors in deciding which one is best for you. Always remember that while you're in college that if you need help, find it. It doesn't always come to you, but at any good university it is there. Talk to just one person and they may either answer your questions, or refer you to others that can. Don't let yourself get behind because you were too afraid to admit you needed help.

What's unique about your campus?

It is a great place to learn, there are so many incredibly intelligent people on campus in both the student body and in the faculty. Research at UW-Madison is always uncovering new things.

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

Don't just look at brochures, visit schools and talk to current students--not just the ones paid to give tours--and find out ...

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

Don't just look at brochures, visit schools and talk to current students--not just the ones paid to give tours--and find out what they like, what they don't like, and if they're overall happy with where they ended up. Find out what the academic and social climates are like, and decide if they match your interests. And finally, make sure there are plenty of degree options, since most students end up changing their minds several times before they graduate.

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

It gets pretty cold in the winter, and in the winter it gets dark really early in Madison

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Profs always seem to schedule office hours when I have class.

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

Make sure to explore your campus of choice fully before you commit. Also, enjoy every minute because once you're done with co...

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

Make sure to explore your campus of choice fully before you commit. Also, enjoy every minute because once you're done with college it is work all the time!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone that wants to drink a lot, know a lot of people, can deal with a wide range of personalities.

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