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University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Hannah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is so amazingly unique and great because it offers the best of all worlds. No matter what you are interested in or ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is so amazingly unique and great because it offers the best of all worlds. No matter what you are interested in or looking to do, you will always find something or someone with similar interests. The campus is big enough to allow you to become a real person, actively seeking your own life, but also offers so many communities that you can fall back on when you need support. Plus, the capital is right there at the end of state street! It really allows you to take advantage of everything you are learning in school, to se the city functioning right under your nose.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I think a lot of the stereotypes are based on generalities that come from truth, but obviously there are many exceptions. I am from MN and I don't fit any of the above-mentioned stereotypes.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they are all white. That the people who come from out of state are rich, stuck up, "coasties." That the people who come from in-state are farmers/hicks "sconnies."

Ron
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amazing college town, urban campus, very large which take some getting used to, coming from a small town. Dorm atmosphere is ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Amazing college town, urban campus, very large which take some getting used to, coming from a small town. Dorm atmosphere is great, liberal campus, amazing resources and events on campus. Administration is good but they blow at financial decision-making. Very much school pride. Some old academic buildings but a ton of expansion on campus. Geography of the campus is great with the two lakes.

Describe the students at your school.

Fairly diverse. Some economic diversity, little racial diversity. In state students are more laid back and down to earth- throw on a pair of sweats and go. Students from the coast are visibly wealthier. many out of staters live in private dorms. Students are mostly liberal, though you can be a conservative and survive here. Mostly upper-middle class people, some very wealthy, some not so wealthy.

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Great school, very big but you get used to it. People love to party and drink but you don't have too and people aren't stupid about it. Love being here, even from far away. On Wisconsin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

In some cases, yes. Not for me. :)

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Stereotypes about UW students from the East or West coast is they are rich, dumb, and obnoxious.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sooo many orgs and teams. Student body loves sporting events. Most people leave doors open, especially in my hallway where everyone is close with each other. Dating scene is possible but there are lots of random drunken hookups (not a bad thing). People study Sunday-Wednesday and get smashed on Thurs, Fri, Sat. There is a lot of schoolwork from classes and people can't afford to drink or party on days on than THurs, Fri Sat. Frats and sororities are important if you want them to be. Otherwise, not at all influencial. I;ve been to a frat twice. If you are in one or friends with people in one, it is a much bigger deal. generally greeks are rich kids from new york or california. Saturday night without drinking is an oxymoron. But there are options, Union activities, sporting event. or just hanging out. Off campus is where all the parties are, so students are frequently off campus, even if it is just at State Street.

What are the academics like at your school?

Big classes, get used to it. But profs willing to help for sure. Get used to working with TAs all the time. They are fine though usually very good. Like a big machine, a system. Not really concerned with the individual, not necessarily a bad thing but you have to take the initiative. UW students are smart, creative, intellectual and down to earth. Tons of academic resources.

Pete
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wisconsin is you can always find people looking to go out and have fun. One thing I'd change is I'd make...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wisconsin is you can always find people looking to go out and have fun. One thing I'd change is I'd make all freshmen live in the public dorms so the campus is less divided. School size is good. People either get very excited when they know how much fun wisconsin is or they look at me with a weird look and ask what is there to do in Wisconsin.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Both of these stereotypes are very accurate

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors do not know your name unless you go to their office hours and make an effort to get to know them. Students study a lot and there are always political and intellectual conversations outside of class

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The school is very divided between kids from the coasts and kids from Wisconsin. Anoither stereotype is that all kids here work hard and play hard

Carolyn
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like that walking through the campus you can look around you and see beautiful buildings, the lake, great landscapes and it...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like that walking through the campus you can look around you and see beautiful buildings, the lake, great landscapes and it all seems familier and you get the "this is where I belong" feeling. Recently I've discovered how great the Unions are, particularly the Memorial union with the sunny Langdon on the lakefront room being a great study place. Campus does seem like an island, distant from the city, until you walk up state and see it but you often forget that you are in a capitol and that there are risks for being in a large city. There's a LOT of Wisconsin pride, either for the badgers or for the packers, for example. everyone seems really into sports.

Describe the students at your school.

I would love to see more people of different backgrounds here. I feel like you either see white people or Asian americans. Though that may be a big generalization, it's what you see in classrooms and dorms most often. I have close friends who come here and don't always feel comfortable because there are so few people of their race here. Most of the time, different kinds of people interact with others but most commonly, people stick to people who are most like them and don't explore differences enough.

What are the academics like at your school?

I loved soc 134, the lecture was large but the discussion was small and we had GREAT conversations, something I miss in my new sociology class. The discussions and relationships with people in the class went past the classroom and to a more personal level. I like that there is a requirement to do courses outside your major. I think it will help people realize what else is out there as well as relate it to their field in unique ways. Also it gives you a chance, and encouragement, to explore.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I am in Alpha Phi sorority and its always exciting, they always ahv esomthing to do or volunteer for. It's great that so many opportunities and connections are at your fingertips. Though college is stereotypically all about drinking to get drunk, there are a lot of nights that me and my friends got a little more creative than that. There have been French nights - watching french movies, eating cheese and drinking wine. Or disney nights where we jump back to childhood and watch our favorite old movies. Also the union has a lot of shows to see. It's not all about making a fool of yourself while intoxicated, although it is fun every so often.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That basically everyone is from Milwaukee, Madison or the middle of nowhere. That the private dorms are coasties, Jewish and stuck up and the public dorms are more diverse, and more midwest based.

Daniel
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Wisconsin is the gorgeous campus. I would change the weather. Just the right size (often a little large but ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Wisconsin is the gorgeous campus. I would change the weather. Just the right size (often a little large but you can make it smaller). Their reaction is...Wisconsin? WHY? and by the end of the debate, they wish they had gone there. I spend most of my time on campus in college library. Wisconsin administration NEEDS TO BE CONSOLIDATED. Too many places to get forms filled out for one thing. Biggest controversy recently on campus - THE STUPID COASTIE/SCONNIE DEBATE. Im sick of it. TONS OF SCHOOL PRIDE. Always remember college football games

Describe the students at your school.

VERY LIBERAL CAMPUS - I LOVE IT --- no one is out of place.

What are the academics like at your school?

MAny know my name. Favorite - Chinese, golf, international law, china world politics - Study 3-4 hrs a night - very common - very competitive. Outside of class i do not spend time with profs. Geared to learning

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Varsity sports teams of course. Im involved in the Chinese Club - ATHLETIC EVENTS ARE VERY VERY POPULAR. IF i am awake, i am usually online. Traditions: Halloween, Mifflin... Off campus i go to a movie or get dinner

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Wisconsin students are very educated students, but when the weekend hits, they definitely know how to have a good time. Come football, basketball and hockey gameday, wisconsin students really know how to bring spirit to the university as well as represent themselves better than any other university!

Devin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus and all the opportunities the school has to offer. It has everything you'd want out of a college experience, good ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus and all the opportunities the school has to offer. It has everything you'd want out of a college experience, good academics, strong programs with a diverse number of majors, beautiful campus, big time athletics and an outstanding party scene.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The drinking and partying is actually pretty fair. I think if you compared the amount of time and alcohol consumed by Wisconsin students to other college students, UW student would drink prove to drink/party more. Wisconsin student are NOT stupid although there some students who are not all that bright which is reasonably expected at a university of this size. Most students/people from wisconsin are not hicks with few exceptions.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They drink/party a lot, they are stupid (depends on who you talk to)and they are hicks.

Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall Wisconsin is an awesome university with tons of school pride and great sporting events. The weather sucks during the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall Wisconsin is an awesome university with tons of school pride and great sporting events. The weather sucks during the winter and when all the snow melts in the spring there are gigantic puddles everywhere.

Describe the students at your school.

There seems to be a lot of coasties. And most people are pretty liberal. And I haven't met anyone who is actually against smoking weed. Smokers and non-smokers seem to respect each others choices and let them make up their own minds about what to do.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Heavy drinkers and a lot of parties, also known to have lots of stoners.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The two biggest events of the year are Halloween and Mifflin Street Block Party. Halloween is (in)famous for tens of thousands of people getting wasted, going to State St and causing trouble. The riots have really calmed down in the last 2 years and its more of an official city event now. :( Mifflin is a huge block party that several thousand people go to. Usually starts early in the morning and people just walk around about a 10-20 block area getting drunk. Cops are very cool about alcohol for this event - no busts unless youre causing trouble or selling alcohol illegally pretty much. And then theres the Badger football games...I dont know if I can really describe it. Its just one of those things you have to go to and find out for yourself. I can tell you that it is amazing though! Also should mention that the drug culture has a decent presence in Madison. Weed and Adderall are everywhere with other drugs like LSD and cocaine available to those that go looking for it. Someone probably isnt going to offer you anything randomly (well some guy on State St tried to sell me some acid once) on the streets but if you hang around the right scenes you shouldnt have much of a problem.

What are the academics like at your school?

Some of the classes seem really easy...last semester I took Econ 101. Only went to 3 or 4 lectures at the beginning of the year, never did homework or went to discussions and just read through most of the readings the night before exams and still passed with a C. I miss about half of my classes now because I realize I can pass without going easily.

Lucy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wisconsin is the people. Everyone loves this school. You literally can't walk down the street without ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wisconsin is the people. Everyone loves this school. You literally can't walk down the street without seeing Wisconsin gear. The school is big, but I personally like big schools. Although you can feel that you don't exist in lectures. I spend most of my time on campus at class, in the dorms, or at the eating place. It's totally a college town. The football games are the most fun thing you will do first semester. Go to every single one if you can (especially the night games!)

Describe the students at your school.

Not very diverse, although there are a lot of groups.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

1. Definitely. Probably a dozen options every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. At the same time, people do stay in too and it's not a big deal if you don't go out at all. 2. There are over 600 clubs to join and a lot of intermurals. 3. It's gorgeous, except right now there is a lot of construction. A LOT! 4. Very hard. It is essential that you study any spare moment you have if you want good grades. 5. Yea, for the most part first semester is planned around football games. 6. Not true. Actually, the students here are not fat at all. Surprised me. 7. Very true! Leave 15 minutes earlier and take the bus if you can! Wear multiple layers and you won't look uncool if you actually wear a hat. Your ears will thank you. 8. True. 3.5 college GPA if you want a chance (which is much harder to get than High School...trust me!) 9. Used to be. They tried to turn it around a lot this year and it worked. Not as crazy as people make it sound, but still probably the most nuts weekend of first semester. 10. Not true at all. Honestly, the majority of the African Americans you see are in a sport.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

1.That we party really hard. 2.That there is a lot to do. 3.That it's a pretty campus. 4.The classes are hard and graded hard. 5.It's all about football. 6.Everyone's fat. 7.Winter sucks. 8.Business school is hard to get into. 9.Halloween is crazy. 10. It's diverse.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are so many clubs on campus I could not tell you what is the most popular. Athletics are extremely popular. Go to some hockey games! They are sooooo fun!

What are the academics like at your school?

Most professors won't ever know your name. Go to your T.A.'s with questions. Most of the time they are the ones that determine your grades and correct your tests and papers. My favorite class was Educational Psychology and Women's Studies 103. I've heard Human Sexuality is a fun and good class. I hated Geography 120 and I'm not a fan of Anthropology 104. Students study all the time and it's really hard to find a spot in the library. The students are competitive, but also helpful to each other. Don't count on getting out of this school in 4 years. They pretty much make it impossible.

rachel
What is your overall opinion of this school?

great college atmosphere. state street has everything you could possibly want in a city. sports and school spirit is great. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

great college atmosphere. state street has everything you could possibly want in a city. sports and school spirit is great. one thing id change is the professors in the business school and econ dept. they are awful. people complain all the time how the advising in the business school sucks too.

Describe the students at your school.

we need diversity. anyone who is a minority would feel out of place here, everyone is white. most wisconsin students are from wisco.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

im involved with the investment banking club. its a great student organization athletic events are pretty popular--very hard to get tickets to anything. frats and sororities are not too important.

What are the academics like at your school?

professors are not good. marketing department is great. my microeconomics professor was awful. i loved my macroeconomics class and professor with Steve Rick. students in the business school are pretty competitive. Wisconsin is a lot harder than other schools, and I wish it had a better reputation. Wall St. doesn't look too highly on Wisconsin students. Wish we were looked at like Michigan because are academics are on par if not better.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

they are mean. they hate 'coasties' they are called sconnies.

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