College Freshman 2013-06-02T23:11:00Z
Its UW-Madison. Drinking and partying is discouraged but not much is done about it. Everyone has a good time.
College Junior 2013-06-02T20:07:51Z
if you're from a relatively large city like new york, LA, washington dc, miami...then madison is not going to seem diverse at all. but i know people who came from really small towns who thought it was diverse. so it really just depends on where you come from. that being said though, i've visited other campuses and uw really lacks diversity compared to other universities.
College Junior 2013-05-31T16:44:30Z
Sports is a HUGE part of Madison. Most students attend football games, and a good part attend basketball games. School spirit definitely defines us at Madison. There are also three different gyms for students to work out in, the SERF, the Nat, and the Shell, so there is always a wide variety of options for working out.
College Junior 2013-05-31T16:36:26Z
UW is extremely lenient when it comes to underage drinking. The police on campus generally care more about safety then ticketing. Everyone that has gotten an underage ticket that I have heard from was outrageously belligerent. As long as you keep your head, you should be fine.
College Junior 2013-05-31T16:33:15Z
I love my Biology major program. You have your general requirements, like Physics, Organic and General Chemistry and Intro to Bio, but after there is really a wide variety of options to choose. You have to take ten credits of Advanced Biology that range from organismal to ecological so it would be pretty hard to find zero classes you are interested in. It is also pretty easy (in my experience) to get into a research lab. Just email lots of professors and don't be discouraged if they don't get back to you!
College Sophomore 2013-05-30T01:22:03Z
Health & Safety:
Campus police are fast and efficient. As a large campus, there are incidents that occur, but I've never felt unsafe.
College Senior 2013-05-29T14:15:18Z
There are plenty of sororities and fraternities to join if you want. Some live in chapter houses, others live in dorms or off-campus housing. A few of my friends in a sorority say they enjoy it, but it can be a huge commitment and potentially get in the way of school work.
College Senior 2013-05-29T14:09:06Z
Many great choices nearby. There is also a ton of variety. You can find anything on State St., and the food carts are also amazing. No shortage on quality or quantity of off-campus dining options.
College Senior 2013-05-29T14:06:13Z
I did not live in the dorms. Since I now live in an apartment, I haven't ever had a dining plan. However I have only heard good things about the dining halls.
College Senior 2013-05-29T14:03:44Z
It gets very cold in the winter, which lasts about five months. It can also be very windy because campus sits between two lakes. The summer weather is nice, and fall in Wisconsin is beautiful.
College Senior 2013-05-24T13:39:12Z
The Madison police accept that parties are going to happen, and their main priority isn't to stop all partying, but to make sure it stays safe and doesn't bother neighboring non-students. They are generally pretty good at letting you off with just a warning if you cooperate and break up a party when they show up. If you fight them, that's when you'll land hefty fines.
College Senior 2013-05-24T13:33:38Z
Every single student who attends UW is proud to be a Badger, and Saturday game days are proof of this. Every home football game turns Madison into a sea of red - students, alumni, and Madison residents all show their pride in the Big10 team. While other sports aren't as popular, we still boast a great basketball and hockey team, and there are many IM teams for students to get active.
College Senior 2013-05-24T13:30:51Z
There are many computer labs spread out across campus, loaded with the latest software. And, in addition, UW's DoIt team are available to help fix your laptops, offer you the latest software at discounted rates, and have free classes to teach you things like Adobe Creative Suite or HTML.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T04:34:58Z
School is so big that its difficult to get help for classes. People are really competitive and sometimes aren't willing to help you, because most classes are curved and if you do poorly their grade is better.
College Junior 2013-05-21T18:32:05Z
There is always something to do on campus. There is State Street with tons of places to go shopping or eat, not to mention about 12 different coffee places. The campus is absolutely beautiful and even in the cold of the winter you can't help but to notice how breathtaking Bascom Hill looks covered in snow. And bager games, whether its football basketball or hockey are always the most fun. There are something like 20 libraries on campus so the only difficult thing is finding which one you like the most. Madison has two student unions each unique in their own way. The famous Memorial Union is home to the Terrace, which faces the lake and is the best place to go spend an afternoon outside. Then there is also Union South which has a movie theater and the Sett, a bar and grill with rock climbing wall and bowling ally downstairs. Both unions have different restaurants with really good food. There's never a time to be bored here because the campus and university have so much offer and there's always something going on.
College Junior 2013-05-21T18:25:13Z
I am a part of the College of Letters and Science and its a fairly easy program. The cross-college advisors are not very helpful to be honest, but once you pick a major and are more focused the advisors improve in their ability to help you by a lot. Being a psychology major at UW-Madison is no joke though. All of the psychology class you take are fitted to a bell curve and only a small fraction ~5% will get an A in any given class. You definitely need to try hard to succeed in this major. However, a lot of the professors are very interesting and give lectures that you actually will want to attend. There are a ton of research opportunities on campus and your best bet is to get into a laboratory as soon as possible. This can be accomplished relatively easily by doing well in your classes and talking with professors and advisors as they will be able to help find research that is interesting to you.
College Junior 2013-05-21T18:20:56Z
The biggest problem for drugs on campus is adderall and other study drugs. Aside from that drinking and smoking are pretty popular but there is very low peer pressure to do the things you don't want to do. All you have to do is say no, and people will respect your personal decisions.
College Junior 2013-05-21T18:19:17Z
There are tons of apartments to find on campus but they're all relatively expensive, although there are a few that are not (and the tend to go fast). Finding an apartment is not as challenging as finding an affordable apartment, however a large majority of them are definitely worth what you pay for them.
College Senior 2013-05-19T17:36:40Z
Dining halls offer alright food, but there are plenty of other options around Campus.
College Senior 2013-05-09T03:25:09Z
Health & Safety:
The University of Wisconsin Madison excels in student safety. As a female, I feel safe walking from campus to my apartment alone at night. For those who do not want to walk alone, the University sponsors "Safe Walk," a duet of students who accompany lone walkers home. Along with "Safe Walk" the University has several police buttons in areas that could commonly be associated as high risk.
College Senior 2013-05-09T03:21:22Z
The University of Wisconsin Madison offers a wide variety of academic programs, you are basically free to choose whatever you please. Additionally, all students have easy accessibility to academic advisers and academic consoling. The professors are highly approachable in regards to your classes and performance.
College Senior 2013-05-09T03:15:34Z
Student life at University Wisconsin-Madison is almost beyond description. Not only do we have an enthusiastic and welcoming student body, we have access to excellent professors and facilities. The University offers a wide range of organizations and student outreach programs. Recent construction has mixed modernity into our historic city, while retaining and maximizing green space. You can always find someone and somewhere to study.
College Senior 2013-05-09T03:09:37Z
Madison has a fairly large party scene. I do not see a great deal of peer pressure to join and those who do partake are respectful of those who do not. Additionally, any drug use is fairly calm and not highly advertised.
College Senior 2013-04-30T16:00:34Z
Students are able to get free bus passes for Madison Metro with their student ID. There are also other options such as SafeWalk. Bicycling is also very prominent.
College Senior 2013-04-30T15:54:18Z
The process for getting into the Dance Department was very straight forward; application to University, application to Department, physical audition.
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