College Junior 2013-04-24T00:43:14Z
UW-Madison definitely has a unique social scene. Although it is often depicted as a party school, and the students who choose to party do so spectacularly, there is truly something for everyone. As someone who chooses to party only every now and then, I never find myself bored on a Friday night in Madison. There are tons of restaurants on State street, the Marquee Theater in Union South is almost always projecting a movie (for free!!!), and it isn't hard to find friends who are perfectly content to stay in and watch movies on a weekend. On the other end of the spectrum, Madison lives up to its name as a place to party: the bars are great (if you are of age), and it is easy to find a party to go to on the weekends so long as you're willing to do a bit of social networking. I highly recommend getting involved in some form of extracurricular activity - I am a part of an improvisational comedy team and a sorority here, and it is thanks to these organizations that I have found my best friends. Greek life here is great. While it is not a driving force in the Madison social scene, it a great community to be a part of and provides you with endless opportunities for both service and social fun. If you like art, the Chazen museum is a great place to go, and is free to students. The Unions almost always have some sort of event going on at night (Monday night trivia, open mic, etc.), and if not its at least a good place to hang out. Libraries are also busy during weekends, as UW students live by the motto "work hard and play harder". It is impossible to be bored at UW-Madison.
College Junior 2013-04-24T00:27:00Z
Many of the buildings at UW-Madison are old (built in the 60's-70's), and so are beginning to show the signs of age. While the buildings are all kept very clean and well-maintained, they are a bit ugly (think brutalist architecture) and confusing to navigate. The humanities building is a NIGHTMARE - it was built in the 1960's (during war protests) to be riot-proof, so is is difficult to navigate the building because that was their aim in designing it. The old dormitories are a bit cramped and definitely showing some wear and tear. The new buildings, however, are absolutely beautiful! The new Union South is incredible, and I love to study there because it is just so architecturally pleasing. The business building is also extremely nice (business students get keys to access it after-hours!). The newest dorm building (Dejope), albeit being out of the way, is incredible...and it has air conditioning, something the older dormitories lack. Science Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus, having been present since 1887, and it is very pretty, but confusing to navigate. The green spaces on campus are nice, Bascom Hill being the preferred and largest one. Since it is on an isthmus, UW-Madison has beautiful views of lake Mendota, and the city of Madison is visually appealing. The libraries are nice and provide easy access to technology, but it can be difficult to find a table - especially at College Library. The Unions are definitely a popular student hangout, many students gather at the Terrace at Memorial Union during warmer weather to enjoy ice cream and a pitcher of Wisconsin beer (for those who are of age).
College Junior 2013-04-24T00:15:45Z
I am a Chinese Language and Linguistics major at the University of Wisconsin and I love it. Although the workload is significant and it can be very stressful at times, there are many opportunities to seek help with assignments and the instructors are very understanding. Since many Chinese language courses have multiple TAs teaching each section (they cycle throughout the week) and they all hold different office hours, it is easy to meet with a TA for help. Also, since the program is relatively small, it is easy to meet with and get to know the program adviser. In fact, she is the professor of the 201-202 courses! There is plenty of one-on-one time available for those who need it.
In addition to all of this, the Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC) holds a "Chinese Language Table" each Friday afternoon in order to help students practice their Chinese and receive extra credit in class. TA's are often present at these functions as well. The teaching style is rigorous, but effective. Overall, I would highly recommend the program to those who are interested and willing to take on the workload. Everyone involved in the program is very helpful, and it is easy to make friends to study with in your classes.
College Junior 2013-04-24T00:08:28Z
There is no denying that UW-Madison is a top-notch university. I find, however, that sometimes the workload can be overwhelming (bordering on ridiculous). Most classes give homework regularly and have high expectations of students. There seems to be an attitude amongst professors that their class is the only/most important class students will take, and so they expect students to give priority to that class (which is impossible to do when you take four classes). The curricula are well-developed for each major, and there is an incredible breadth of available subject matter. The registration process is not bad, but I highly recommend the use of a website such as "schedulizer" to help plan your schedule. Popular study areas are College Library, Memorial Library, Union South and the Student Activity center. It is, however, difficult to find tables at most of these places (excepting Memorial Library) unless you arrive early. College library tends to be quite noisy unless you sit in the silent section, the SAC and Union South are relatively moderate and Memorial Library is probably the most silent building on campus. All in all, there are many places that accomodate different study styles.
College Junior 2013-04-24T00:00:55Z
I was not given any financial aid (beyond offering of loans) by my university. The reason states was that my family's income was just above the line to receive financial aid, but tuition and housing are still a strain on my family. They do not take into account things like mortgage or property taxes paid (I live in the region with the highest property taxes in Wisconsin). Few people I know receive any financial aid from the University except for loans (which seem to be counterproductive, as they will graduate with massive debt).
College Senior 2013-04-21T22:02:30Z
There is a huge variety of apartments and houses to choose from in Madison. There are more apartments than anything else but to find a good one you need to start looking early in the fall semester to find one that is relatively cheap and close to campus. They are somewhat expensive based where you are looking and what is included in the rent. Parking is usually not included in the rent and must be paid for separately.
College Senior 2013-04-21T21:46:48Z
There are a lot of options for transportation in Madison. Students can get a free bus pass and are able to get around not just campus but the whole of the city. There are a few free buses that run exclusively on campus during the day and night. There is not a lot of parking on campus or off due to the number of people commuting to and from. There is also a hub for buses that commute to other cities right on campus.
College Senior 2013-04-21T21:41:08Z
There are quite a few computer labs spread throughout campus and in lobbies of almost all buildings. They are accessible in between classes and during. Sometimes they fill up around lunch time but not always. The computers are very nice and up to date. Printing is easy and affordable. The network is fairly fast but if you are in the residential housing areas it can slow down quite a bit. Most people have their own laptops but you can also rent from a number of places on campus not just the libraries.
College Sophomore 2013-04-18T21:18:07Z
Its not too bad when you consider what the weather in the midwest is typically like. Being so close to the lake causes a lot of wind all the time. This year it has rained so much! I would definitely recommend bringing rain boots, a rain jacket, an umbrella, and snow boots. Be prepared for anything because school rarely gets canceled because of the weather.
College Sophomore 2013-04-18T21:15:51Z
The Dairy Science program is excellent! Campus now has new facilities, along with several off-campus sights for study and interning. If you love animals (cows specifically) this is the place for you. The classes are just challenging enough to keep you learning, but they don't make you want to drop out. The best part is you get to deal with animals all the time.
College Sophomore 2013-04-18T21:10:49Z
I came to UW-Madison for its Dairy Science program, but after my first semester I realized that Madison specializes in so many other subjects. All the teachers are extremely dedicated to their teaching and studies. The college is continuously growing and changing for the better.
College Sophomore 2013-04-17T21:57:47Z
The athletics are the best! UW is great at sports. Our football team and boys basketball team are the greatest. There is a ton of school spirit here, and we always support our teams. I love the athletic scene!
College Sophomore 2013-04-17T21:56:00Z
There are so many public computers and computer labs on campus. At libraries there are usually a lot of computers and printing is relatively cheap. If you even rent laptops from the libraries or dorms for a certain amount of time if you need one for a paper or project.
College Sophomore 2013-04-17T21:51:07Z
There are a lot of parking ramps in Madison, so if you don't mind paying for a spot, then finding one is relatively easy. However, finding free street parking is slim to none. You will have to go to one of the streets farther from campus in order to find one of those. Permit costs can get costly too. I know that close to campus they can be around $150 to over $200.
College Sophomore 2013-04-17T21:48:11Z
There are many places to eat around campus. The place to go for off campus dining is State's street. The variety is endless and there are some really good places to eat at decent prices.
College Sophomore 2013-04-17T21:46:55Z
The campus isn't really strict at all, in any way. Sometimes you will hear about students getting caught in the dorms, but it's not too serious. Definitely if it's your first time, you won't be faced with too harsh of consequences.
College Sophomore 2013-04-16T18:38:03Z
From what I've heard, most dorms really don't care about drinking unless they see the bottles of alcohol. As far as being drunk on campus goes, the police only care if you try and fight them or you're falling over/puking in public. The only dorm where they actually enforce the drinking rules is Bradley Hall.
Do. Not. Live. There.
College Sophomore 2013-04-16T18:35:05Z
The food tastes good, but I doubt it digests properly.
College Sophomore 2013-04-16T18:34:28Z
The classes are almost always competitive, and the professors are almost all good, except for the math department, where you can't find an English speaking one anywhere.
College Sophomore 2013-04-14T02:09:04Z
There is a decent amount of computers and equipment on campus but they are outdated and slow. The WiFi has been upgraded which has made laptop usage a lot more convenient and internet faster.
College Sophomore 2013-04-14T02:03:03Z
There are a few nice parks, running trails, a bowling alley, and a roller rink to keep people busy. The traffic lights, I feel, are unsafe due to their locations and influence of the speed limit. Parking layouts are also unsafe because you can not see at intersections downtown. There is a decent amount of shopping both downtown and on the outskirts of town like Walmart, Goodwill, JCPenneys, and others.
College Sophomore 2013-04-14T01:53:54Z
There isn't much nightlife at this campus because most students are under 21 but the campus does have dances, movie nights, and cookouts to help keep students occupied. There's always something going on here. The transportation isn't great because there are no buses and very few cabs.
College Sophomore 2013-04-14T01:49:53Z
This last winter was horrid and made it hard for the campus to carry on with classes. The dorms are not too far away but it was still not fun to walk to campus. But, when the weather isn't being cruel, there is all sorts of activity on campus.
College Senior 2013-04-11T05:57:36Z
There are a lot of restaurants near central campus and a good variety of options. I just wish that places were open later, it seems like everything closes too early and I can never find anything besides pizza or asian food to eat at night.
College Senior 2013-04-11T05:52:13Z
There are a lot of places you can find a computer to work on at campus and there are laptops that you can rent if needed. Options can be limited around midterms and finals, but that's expected, especially at such large university.
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