Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Recent Reviews

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

While we may have winter madness, the four distinct seasons in Madison are amazing. I love its position between two lakes. ...

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

While we may have winter madness, the four distinct seasons in Madison are amazing. I love its position between two lakes. Another great thing is how amazing the research opportunities are.

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

I wish I had known that the cost of books were so high so I could plan better financially.

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

Tour schools again after you get accpeted durring the school day -- you will instantly know which one is right for you!

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

Plan! Figure out what school you want to go to but deciding what they offer that interests you, then save money!!!!

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

Plan! Figure out what school you want to go to but deciding what they offer that interests you, then save money!!!!

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

The worst thing about Madison is the feeling of hostility between coasties and people from the midwest.

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

I wish I would have known how academically competative this school really is.

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

I consider the worst thing at UW-Madison is sometimes the professors that are ten-yeared aren't very good at explaining to students, and often times TA's especially in the math and sciences don't speak english and so it makes it so that the main way to succeed is by self-teaching. Those that don't learn well by themselves may be at a disadvantage at certain times.

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

First of all, don't stress out too much about the decision! Usually your gut feeling is the best choice. No matter where you end up you can be happy by keeping an open mind and a positive attitude. Secondly, make sure to think about the future, instead of your immediate feelings after high school. Although you may be feeling desperate to get away from home (I was!) keep in mind that when you are on campus, you will be away from home no matter how close the school you choose is from where you originally are from. Transportation is expensive and tedious. Believe me or not, as you get older, you will value being closer to home. Third, you can always make a big school feel small, but cannot make a small school bigger. I go to a school of over 30,000 people and have never felt more connected. Finally, get involved. Join an intermural, the art club, the drama society, or a sorority/fraternity. The friendships and connections you make is going to make your college experience rememberable because in college you really learn as much or more out of the classroom as in the classroom.

Aaron
What's unique about your campus?

Sexual Health Fest at Library Mall. Different booths displaying and teaching healthy habits. Free condoms given out

What's unique about your campus?

Sexual Health Fest at Library Mall. Different booths displaying and teaching healthy habits. Free condoms given out

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

Sari reveals his favorite movie, her favorite class at UW, and what he does in his free time.

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

Joe reveals his favorite movie, his favorite class at UW, and what he does in his free time.

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

Dan reveals his favorite movie, his favorite class at UW, and what he does in his free time.

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

Aaron reveals his favorite movie, his favorite class at UW, and what he does in his free time.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

Great school, great programs, campus feel

Why did you decide to go to this school?

I went for Engineering but then realized it wasnt for me

Why did you decide to go to this school?

football had something to do with it

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

Finding the right college should be taken very seriously. Consider if you want to live near family or far away from them; if ...

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

Finding the right college should be taken very seriously. Consider if you want to live near family or far away from them; if you want to be in a small community or a big city; also, whether or not the school has your desired major or has a good program for your field of interest. Visit the school, in order to get a feel for what campus life is like. Now, making the most of your college experience should be your goal from the beginning. Get involved in as many things as you can, because the opportunities will be everywhere. Life-experiences are gained outside of the classroom, where you apply the knowledge you are learning in the classroom. Have an open mind; take diverse classes and make an effort to meet diverse people. Don?t waste the vast opportunities you are given while at school. Go see the candidates for president while they are speaking down the street; join a club; volunteer at the children?s center; go to dorm sponsored events and get to know the people you live with. Opportunity will be knocking, so don?t leave it waiting.

What's unique about your campus?

Diversity. No matter what your ethnicity, background, or interests are, you will fit in at UW Madison. There are clubs, interest groups, volunteer groups, trips, and activities that cumulatively represent the widely diverse interests of the students.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing I have found is getting into classes that I want. Basically any class that sounds really interesting, or is highly reccomended by other students is filled up by the time underclassmen are allowed to sign up. This is especially frustrating when we are expected to choose a major during our junior year. If a person isn't allowed to take classes in the fields that they are interested in, how should he or she be expected to know if that is what they want to do for the rest of their lives?

Andrew
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is a big university housed in a very small world. The college is like its own town inside of madison and you are a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is a big university housed in a very small world. The college is like its own town inside of madison and you are always running into people you know. It is a party school but there are many more relaxed and easy going places and people on campus like by the lakeshore area dorms. I love spending my free time roaming from free seminars, cheap concerts, free movies, clubs, events, the ratheskeller, and the all too affordable mini-courses. Opportunities are endless. Its awkward going from a small high school with zero school pride and no athletic teams to Madison where school pride is in your face and football games are mini-holidays but it is an experience worth being part of. Wisconsin will make you feel proud of your school and your fellow students will make you feel proud to be there. The advisors aren't always pleasant to students, especially underclassmen so don't be discouraged by their uninterest, the professors however, have been, on the whole, unusually approachable for help despite the heavy use of TA's and large class sizes in introductory courses at madison, which can really make your experience easier if you make the effort to ask.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are plenty that drink, plenty that party, plenty that go wild, and plenty that don't pass. There are also plenty that don't don't drink but still find time to have fun and pass classes. The opportunities are endless for personal enrichment too. Moderation in all things.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We drink, We party, We go wild, and still manage to pass classes.

Allison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The majority of students that I have met on campus are very driven to do well in their classes and it really helps to create ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The majority of students that I have met on campus are very driven to do well in their classes and it really helps to create a sense of personal responsibility and desire to excel. However, this also can be rather competitive. I would say the main drawback of the UW is the large size (Meeting people and never seeing them again is a regular occurrence, and is somewhat emotionally difficult)

Describe the students at your school.

It seems the majority of students are leftist, and white.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

As a student parent, I wouldn't know.

What are the academics like at your school?

Despite the size, the majority of proffessors are quite helpful and willing to assist students. The majority of Wisconsin students are quite intelligent and have a strong desire to learn, even outside of class.

Jody
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School itself is awesome. You have the lakeshore dorms for people who want the quite and the lake and then you have the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School itself is awesome. You have the lakeshore dorms for people who want the quite and the lake and then you have the inner city dorms that give you an urban feel, yet they are in a 15 minute walk of each other, so you really get the best of both worlds. I only wish there was not as much construction as there is right now, but it will probably always be there. The school is big and their are lots of things to do, one is hardly ever bored at Wisconsin.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The sport spectator assumption is absolutely correct, the events (any of them) are fun to go to and usually there are many other badger fans to sing 'Varsity' with. With the liberal enviroment, I would say that Wisconsin allows protests and street preachers and gay pride pirades to happen, and that's a good thing. It opens up the air for dialogue and free speech to be excersized as it was intended. Not to say that all the students agree with what happens on campus, but regardless of whether or not you agree to it, you are exposed to it and that is what makes the campus thrive and stand out among the others in the state.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We study hard and party harder, are a really liberal campus and simply "accepts everything", and that we are rowdy fans when it comes to sports!

What are the academics like at your school?

The profs at UW are awesome! All of my profs that I have had really seem to care about me as a student and want to help in any way they can, even though their lecture hall holds about 350 students. If you voice your concerns and tell your prof what you are having trouble with, then he/she tries to help. No questions and judging. It's awesome.

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