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University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Jordan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think one of the best things about wisonsin are the Badger football games and basketball games. When a great deal of the s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think one of the best things about wisonsin are the Badger football games and basketball games. When a great deal of the student body gets together and has a great time it just sends a tingling feeling that you are apart of something much more. The size is just right. One of the greatest places on campus is the Union Terrace. Just sitting on the lake in the spring watching the sail boats, studying, drinking, or just enjoying time with friends - there is no better palace.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The ones I outlined above are. Yes it is cold most of the year and yes your friends from Arizona, Florida, California will make fun of you and you will be jealous. But, Wisconsin students know how to have fun, but they also know how to study and what needs to get done in order to succeed academically.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

I think some stereotypes of Wisconsin is that it is just flat out cold, and it is. Others are that it is a huge party school, and there is no doubt that UW students love to party, but everyone I know puts in hours upon hours of studying just to go out on the weekends.

What are the academics like at your school?

The school is large, some of the classes are large but you get some attention in discussion sections, which are typically less than 20 students. There is no doubt that this university is tough. One thing to take into account that advising is basically on your own and if you do get advice it is often etiher from a student or skewed to get you to stay in school longer.

Jerry
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is a huge school but in many ways doesn't feel like it. For one, you can't walk down State Street and not run into ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is a huge school but in many ways doesn't feel like it. For one, you can't walk down State Street and not run into at least one person you know. Unfortunately more and more chains are popping up, but State Street and downtown Madison as a whole still have a lot of character. One of my favorite things to do on a nice day was to get food from one of the carts on Library Mall and sit out on Bascom Hill or the Terrace. The Willy Street area and the lakes are two other great spots. Madison is definitely a bubble, but one that I was happy to take advantage of for four years.

Describe the students at your school.

The Wisconsin campus lacks a lot of racial diversity, but is probably more socio-economically diverse than many other schools. Madison is a very open-minded and progressive community and for the most part campus feels the same way. It's hard to generalize, because while I made my experience full of political activity and surrounded myself with people who also felt it was important to be engaged in that way, there were plenty of students who chose not to, and I definitely don't think that the campus is as radical as it once was.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

While there are a multitude of bars and house parties to frequent on any given night (and certainly people who do), Wisconsin has such a big and diverse student population that this lifestyle by no means characterizes the majority of students. As for "coasties," I think that the stereotype can be accurate to an extent. Being from California I definitely experienced people putting me in a box, assuming I lived in a certain private dorm and had joined a sorority -- both of which I hadn't done. In the end it's less about the coasts though, and more an issue of money and acting entitled.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Wisconsin has a decent bar scene for a city of its size, which isn't surprising given the hordes of young folks with disposable income and fake IDs. The bars up by the capitol tend to be a little more low-key than the very typical college bars around State Street. I found that either people cherish Wisconsin football and go to every game or really couldn't care less. And even though the football-goers make themselves seen and heard, I wouldn't necessarily assume its the majority of people. One thing I would recommend is the Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings in great speakers and is free for students.

What are the academics like at your school?

As in any large research university, there are those professors who are clearly more invested in their own research and academic pursuits than actually teaching effectively. I found that it was generally better to base class choices off of a professor's reputation rather than the subject of the course. I studied history and sociology and had a much better experience in both of these majors once I was able to take smaller classes and seminars. However, some of my best classes were somewhat large lectures, and again, this was because of stellar professors. Though Wisconsin has the party school rep, you can find students studying at all times of day and night, and some of my best memories are of late nights spent studying (and not studying) with my friends. Three professors I would recommend are Florencia Mallon, Bill Cronon, and Erik Olin Wright.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Wisconsin has the reputation of being the country's #1 party school and as a result the idea is that everyone drinks a lot. There are also prevalent stereotypes attached to students who come from the coasts (so-called "coasties"). They are stereotyped as dressing a certain way, sticking together in pack-like groups, and giving off a general sense of entitlement and snobbery. The steotypical coastie has quite the disposable income to wear expensive clothes, go out drinking whenever he or she pleases, and live in the handful of way overpriced apartments in the desirable spots close to campus (although presumably, their parents pay).

seth
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is awesome. State street is amazing. great sized campus, awesome college town. its just a little chilly

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wisconsin is awesome. State street is amazing. great sized campus, awesome college town. its just a little chilly

Describe the students at your school.

a little segmented between sconnies, mid westerners, and coasties. then there is the public dorm private dorm seperation. it can be a little annoying at times but it is still awesome

What are the academics like at your school?

amazing academics. I am in the business school and it is a top notch program

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

first we pre game before going to the pre bar, then its time for the bars, then we go somewhere to A-Bar, before going to bed and doing it all over.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

cheese, brats, football, and beer

Laura
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I think that the stereotypes are accurate to a certain extent...but we also work really hard academically. Work hard...play h...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I think that the stereotypes are accurate to a certain extent...but we also work really hard academically. Work hard...play hard.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A major stereotype is that all we do is drink and party...which do not get me wrong, we definitely do enough of that! I think that our football fans are also known as being very rowdy, rude drunks to the opposing team.

Charlie
What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They like the badgers. They should be wolverine fans.

Jordan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Wisconsin is the town of madison--best college town I've ever been to...I'd make it more competitive to get ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Wisconsin is the town of madison--best college town I've ever been to...I'd make it more competitive to get into--the range of how smart people are, is really diverse. It;s jsut right in size. People are always jealous when I tell them I go here. I spend most of my time in my dorm or my fraternity house.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

While there is a strong bar and party life, there are also house parties and many students who like to spend Saturdays nights at home with just a couple of peeps.About th liberal and anti Israel aspect I haven't heard any anti-Israel comments, and I've found that while it is as liberal as any other college, it isn't off the hook, and there is a strong republican contingency.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Before I came here I heard that all students party like crazy, the social scene is purely bars, it is incredibly liberal, and it is strongly anti Israel.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors all know my name, faviorete class is intro to Islam, least fav. Econ 101

Andy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

---best thing: there is always something to do and people are friendly ---worst thing: we only get two breaks. i wish we got...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

---best thing: there is always something to do and people are friendly ---worst thing: we only get two breaks. i wish we got more little ones rather than two big ones ---the administration is not bad but its really easy to slip through the cracks if youre not careful. for example, if you need to get into a class but its not open by the time you are able to enroll no one cares. ---i guess the biggest thing on campus is tuition prices ---there is TONS of school pride!!!!!!!!!!

Describe the students at your school.

---there are tons of school sponsored groups that cater to different groups ---lots of different students interact in classes but outside of class i think it just depends on the activities and groups you are involved in ---a lot of people are politically aware. most people are left winged but some people lean to the right. i would say that there is a pretty good mix of people

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I dont think they should be. i think there are a lot of people here who dont drink or dont want to drink but there are just not enough social things to do on weekends so people resort to drinking.

What are the academics like at your school?

---until upper level classes you dont really work with professors, just the TA's. ---i though that when i came to college there would be nothing but intelligent conversation...but people talk about meaningless stuff more than politics and world issues. i think it depends on who you hang out with but in general i would say that its not much different than high school. ---class participation is about 50/50 and it depends on the people ---some people study constantly but most people can balance fun, studying and activities

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

---football and hockey are the biggest things

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we drink all the time. People come to visit me and then think that is all we are going to do. But the kids here are smart too. The joke is that we still do well on tests even when we're drunk

Zachary
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wisconsin, although I am very biased, is the Greek Life. If I could change one thing, it would be the ne...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wisconsin, although I am very biased, is the Greek Life. If I could change one thing, it would be the necessity to apply to your program of choice, even after you have been admitted to the university. I believe that if they think you're capable enough to take your families hard earned tuition dollars, they should let you study whatever you want. Being from a coastal town in Southern California, when I tell people that I go to Wisconsin, the overwhelming response is an emphatic "Why?" Most of my time on campus is spent in class, but off campus I divide my time between State Street and the fraternity house. Madison is a great college town, and there is a lot of school pride.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The best way that I could put it, is that there are many University of Wisconsin's. There is the school that Playboy has dubbed Number One Party School, and beleive me, one would be hard pressed to ignore that aspect of the university. There is also a rich tradition of academic excellence and pride at University of Wisconsin. It has often been said that if it weren't for the all too regular subzero temperatures, the University of Wisconsin would have a chance to crack the Top 20 list of US colleges. There is also Big Ten althetics, which often go hand-in-hand with parties and alcohol, but can also be a source of sober entertainment. Additionally, people often think of Wisconsin as not being the posterchild for the American Heart Association, if you know what I mean. Madison, however, has state-of-the-art access to exercise facilities and resources which if sold in a major marketplace would charge no less than a hundred dollars a month for membership. These are all provided gratis to University of Wisconsin students and faculty, and has helped make Madison America's Third Healthiest City. Finally, to address the label of "coastie". Does it come up? Absolutely. Does it form any measurable divide within the student body on any level? I really don't think any University of Wisconsin student, regardless of geographical origin, would agree that it does. University of Wisconsin students have a great mutual respect for each other on both a social and intellectual level, and that is part of what makes Madison, WI a very happy place to be.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The University of Wisconsin is, although decreasingly so, labeled as the prototypical party school. We are, in addition, typecasted as the leading consumers of beer, brats, and cheese. Furthermore, high school seniors looking into the University of Wisconsin more likely than not have heard the label of "coastie", a less than affectionate characterization of students migrating from the East or West coast to attend the University of Wisconsin, come up.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors, by no fault of their own, tend not to know they're students' names. This is because of the large size of most of the classes. On the flipside of that, every TA that I have had has gotten to know my name, and a little about me, due to the small size of the discussion sections. Students vary greatly in their studying. Some study a lot and do well, some study a lot and do poorly. Some student little and do well, and yes, some study a little and do very badly! Intellectual conversations don't tend to dominate the outside the classroom talk, and students are not as competitive with each other as say, University of Michigan. I think that the education at Wisconsin is very much skewed towards learning for its own sake, which makes it advisable to join a career oriented club.

Jordan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Did not mean to apply here. Did not know anything about it, got into every school I applied and when I visited here I knew th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Did not mean to apply here. Did not know anything about it, got into every school I applied and when I visited here I knew this was where I belonged. One thing I would change is better 100 level professors. The campus size is just right. It is big enough where you can pursue anything you want and meet completely new people. It is small enough that it is impossible for me to go to the library and not know anyone. Being from Miami not many people really know about Wisc so they dont understand why I decided to come. Administration is extremely approachable!!! It is a college town that does not only depend on the college but has its own life to. There is A LOT of school pride The mascot, bucky, is considered a hero. I will always remember Humorology. It is a greek-wide original theatre show competition...it is amazing!!

Describe the students at your school.

I am Jewish and there are 3 different organizations on and around campus to be involved with, all of which are amazing. I dont think any student would feel out of place because there is such diversity i think that anyone could find their niche. It is weird to say but because of the partying that goes on on campus different students get to interact through mutual friends all of the time. Most students are obviously from Wisconsin but it is not over bearing and the greek life is made up of students from all over the country. Predominantly left school.

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

most amazing school. is beyond beautiful. wonderful environment. liberal. fun.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes. But sadly since the school got number 1 party school rated by Playboy the school and the city have been trying to change that. The truth though, I really dont think it'll make a difference. If they are stricter at bars then people would go to house parties. College kids will always find away around the so called "system."

What are the academics like at your school?

If you want professors to know your name they will. Favorite class is Italian. Least was econ 101 and chem 103 because the professors were so bad. Class participation is greater is smaller sized classrooms. In most lectures people are to shy to speak out a lot but in discussions everyone does. We have intellectual conversations outside of class... my friend always relates chem to the real world. Wisconsin's education is geared towards both, getting a job and learning for its own sake.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

All intramural sports are popular. The greek system is popular but you do not need to be a part of it to have fun. In my dorm everyone's door is always open. The dating scene is great... there are places to meet people with alcohol and without (college library was rated the number one place to meet people without alcohol). Met my closest friends through the dorms and greek life. If I am awake at 2 on Tuesday I am either at a bar that has a 75% off special on Tuesdays or being with friends in the dorm. Every year: Mifflin block party, polar plunge, Humorology, FOOTBALL, sports, and welcome week (AMAZING!). People can party any day of the week they want. Most people average between two to three nights a week. Last weekend: Naughty school girl/bad school boy social with a sorority, our fraternity threw a white out party on friday (over 600 people) and on sat had a keg in our room. During the day studying and watched a movie. On a saturday night can go to a club, watch a movie in a dorm room, go to the union. Off campus: bars, restaurants, and the one club nearby and sometimes house parties. Dont have a car so its difficult to do that much off campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Drink a lot of beer. Party school

Zack
What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is no "one thing" that is best about Wisconsin. The people are extremely friendly (it is a Midwest thing...), the sport...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is no "one thing" that is best about Wisconsin. The people are extremely friendly (it is a Midwest thing...), the sports are unbelievable, and the academics are great...supported by a group of fantastic professors and teacher's assistants. I love the fact that Madison is a quintessential college town. It gets really cold (-15 on occasion), but it brings people together. The warm seasons are incredible-you can watch the sunset over Lake Monona while enjoying a pitcher of beer on the Wisconsin Union terrace, or go for a swim in the lake. It is one place where you can look around and say to yourself "I can't believe I go to school here."

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For the most part, yes. But Wisconsin is very academic. It's a work hard/play hard situation. Yes, wisconsin students know how to throw a fun party, but we're also motivated and hard-working.

What are the academics like at your school?

Of course, not every professor is amazing. They will take the time to know your name, and student/professor relationships can be very close, depending on the class size.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We love cheese, brats, and beer. We a big party school.

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