Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Toby
What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are a lot of amazing things about Wisconsin. You can't walk down the street without seeing red. It's a really big sch...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are a lot of amazing things about Wisconsin. You can't walk down the street without seeing red. It's a really big school, so it's important to find "your niche". There are a million oppurtunities for that though - Greek life, academic clubs, community service oppurtunities.. the list doesn't end. Lately, there's been a lot of crime on campus which has really been scaring students. But administration is good about keeping students updated, and reminding us constantly about safety tips. Other than that, the worst part about Wisconsin is the snow! And how horrible the plowing system is here..

Describe the students at your school.

I don't think anyone would feel out of place in Wisconsin. There are kids from all over, who are interested in all different things. You can walk into a classroom and see a kid in sweats and another in a suit. It makes no difference.. There aren't as many minorities as there could be, but I think Wisconsin is working to change that. Also, campus is incredibly liberal. I'm liberal too, but sometimes students can take their political beliefs too far.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That there is a division between public dorm "sconnies" and private dorm "coasties". also that we're huge partiers.

What are the academics like at your school?

"work hard, party hard" - that's the motto at wisconsin. if you have a small major, you can get some quality time with professors. I'm in the business school though, and that makes it harder. Some of the classes are smaller, but only taught by TAs which sucks because even they don't know what exams will be like. Sometimes it can feel like classes are designed to make you fail.. but there are always resources available if you need extra help. I've never had a TA who I feel would approach me to talk about improving my grades, or attitude, or getting to class on time, or handing on a paper on the due date. If you need persistent nagging or coaching to get things done, Wisconsin is not the place for you.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The weekends start on Thursday, no, Wednesday in Wisconsin. My closest friends I met through my sorority, and from the dorms freshmen year. Although, now that I have a set major, I'm making new friends through my classes. Greek life only makes up about 11% of our campus. If you want to notice it, you will. But if you don't want to, you won't. Athletic events are HUGE here.. for some people it really is about the game, but for others it's the best reason to pregame on Saturday's at 11am.

Devin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a big college! Find a niche right away, and become social - there's no reason to sit in your apartment/dorm room all...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a big college! Find a niche right away, and become social - there's no reason to sit in your apartment/dorm room all by yourself. Even if your hobbies include dressing up like a costume animal and pleasuring yourself to Japanese pop music - you're probably among friends. There's more to do than be a drunken waste on the weekends. Sure, there are certain social groups which are centered around this, and there's nothing wrong with doing it on occasion. But we have so much going on in Madison, there's no reason not to explore the city, exercise (find the SERF right away, there's nothing like a free place to work out that's just filled with hotties), take in the arts, or simply find a cozy place to read. If you can, get out of living in the dorms - it's totally for suckers. (although, if you must live in the dorms, Liz Waters has the best rooms, cafeteria, view and location of them all. Avoid the Southwest dorms, as they're inhumane. Avoid the Lakeshore dorms, because their location is horribly inconvenient). The Bassett neighborhood is TOTALLY safe, even with the recent murder that happened there - shit happens in any large city. Avoid the State St/Langdon area unless you don't want to ever sleep. Listening to drunkards scream all night loses it's charm after a while. The Gorham/Johnson St. corridor is freaking sweet. It's on Lake Mendota, has an awesome park, and a really cool mixture of students and young slackers. Plus, the Caribou is the best fucking thing on this Earth - you'll know what I mean if you come here.

Describe the students at your school.

It's a mostly liberal campus, with a pretty large contingent of "Coasties". They're not the anti-christ, but not very many of them have ever had to earn anything in their lives. It can be frustrating to work 3 jobs so you can pay tuition out of pocket, and then hear a coastie bitch about how their mommy and daddy won't send them money to buy a new pair of Uggs. Come on guys... There is seriously a group for EVERYTHING - get involved. Those connections you make will stick with you for a LONG time.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To an extent. While there definitely are two different classes of student here, there really isn't so much animosity. Everyone exists on a continuum between those two extremes, and I suspect it's the same at most large colleges.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

There's a large divide between "coasties" and "sconnies" - the coasties are rich, stuck-up and conceited - whereas the "sconnies" are hopelessly naive, overweight and territorial.

What are the academics like at your school?

The classes, especially your first few years, are huge. But most of the professors will get to know you, if you make yourself known. Sit towards the front of classes, respond to their questions, and make use of their office hours. Look, even with grade inflation, most classes are challenging for a reason - they want to separate out the gifted from the slackers. You're paying far too much money to phone it in, so do it right. Most classes you can get away with attending sporadically, so long as you're actually doing the classwork and showing up to discussion section. I don't recommend this approach for anyone who isn't serious about succeeding, but it is possible to cut some of the attendance out of your schedule. Get known in your department especially, because when you get to the upper level classes, it'll be advantageous to know faculty. There are a lot of cool independent study opportunities available to those who are driven.

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.

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

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.

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