College Junior 2013-02-02T04:53:24Z
Health & Safety:
I haven't heard of any crime at all on campus. There are always plenty of people around so you're never alone, and there are "safe walkers" who you can call so you don't have to walk alone at night.
College Junior 2013-02-02T04:51:07Z
I know there's greek life because there are some obvious cliques and what not, but it's not too prominent.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T22:36:05Z
The University just updated all of the housing to free wireless. So wherever you go, if it's a university building or close by, you'll have great access to wireless internet. They have a lot of computer labs, and printing is pretty cheap. I'd still recommend bringing a printer to school, just because its convenient, but you probably spend the same amount on printing at home as you would at any printing station on campus, so really its individual preference.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T22:33:59Z
The restaurants (mostly on state street, but there are other great options elsewhere) are fantastic here. They're good food, for a pretty good price, have good hours, and friendly, fellow college student staff. Its a great place to look for a job, or grab a bite to eat in between classes. They have ok student discounts, but you really just have to budget on your own.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T22:27:40Z
My only complaints with the nightlife here are that there isn't as much for underagers as there is for 21+ students. Also, transportation is somewhat difficult at night, especially when it's cold out and you don't want to walk! Other than that, there is a pretty great variety of stuff to do here at night and on weekends. And despite what you may think, not everyone drinks here either. There's plenty to do if you choose not to drink.
College Junior 2013-02-01T05:56:41Z
can be hard to get around campus at times due to it being long and spread out
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T07:30:07Z
The transportation generally is good. There are cars to most of the place, even to mall, macy's, target(none to wallmart though). just it doesn't come that often. If you missed one, you may wait for some time
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T04:44:17Z
Restaurants here are diversified. You can find food of any kinds, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mexico, Italy... You can get discount papers from bookstore. But the discount is so limited. Still the costs are little bit higher than dinning on campus. But it is still cheaper than the other states where I have been.
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T04:40:08Z
The computer labs possess all iMac with two systems: OSX and Win7. You can choose either you like. And there are always enough computers for students to use. You can find printing places very often on campus with 7cents per paper. Network though are not so satisfied when the access is heavy.
College Sophomore 2013-01-28T04:34:32Z
There are many international students of different races and religions. Though most people are white, they are welcome and respect you. There is no discrimination.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T18:03:50Z
There are many varieties of apartments and townhouses in Madison. Some of these places are affordable, while others are extremely expensive. You do get what you pay for, but it might be troublesome to be bounded to a 12-month lease if you are not going to be living on campus in the Summer. There are academic year leases available, but they are quickly filled.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T17:38:26Z
Parking can be hard to find for people who live in dorms, especially for people who want in-door parking.
College Junior 2013-01-22T19:00:24Z
I chose an apartment close to my ROTC detachment because that is where I spend most of my time. It's a longer walk to classes than the dorms, but I like the space ( I have a piano), the full size kitchen and a private bathroom.
It costs a lot for what they provide, pretty stark all around, but the privacy and space sold myself and my roommate. The building has good security and there is parking for a fee. You can't bring a car if you live in the dorms.
College Junior 2013-01-22T18:50:28Z
There are many options to choose from. Within a 2 mile radius of the main campus has a lot of restaurant choices. The bus route is convenient.
Fast food, sit down, casual. Madison has it all.
College Junior 2013-01-22T18:44:53Z
I've lived in the dorm and now an apartment near campus. The dorm was most convenient as a new comer. A lot of people doing a lot of different things. Easy to meet people with similar interests. It is a tad cheaper than an apartment. The things I like about the apartment are more space, a full size refrigerator and stove and not having a communal bathroom. Also, I lived in the old dorms, so I'm sure the new ones are an improvement.
College Sophomore 2013-01-20T18:28:47Z
It is decent for people who want to drink a lot when they go out!
College Sophomore 2013-01-20T18:27:58Z
I didn't receive a lot of scholarships or anything although I have a great financial need.
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T23:09:19Z
You'll find Madison's main attractions on State Street. There are plenty of restaurant chains (my personal favorites being Chipotle and Noodles & Co) that are less than a 10 minute walk from the Southeast Neighborhood. There is also a ton of shopping on State Street, like Gap, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, and many other independent shops. If shopping isn't your thing, the Madison Symphony performs at the Overture Center about once a month and student rush tickets are only $10!
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T21:41:03Z
The "drug scene" at UW Madison is really what you make of it. If getting involved in drugs and alcohol is something that you want to do, then I won't lie, it is a great school to party at. On the other hand if that isn't your thing, there are so many amazing things to do on campus that aren't drug or alcohol related.
College Junior 2013-01-16T21:20:11Z
I have had an INCREDIBLE experience with the campus housing at Madison. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to live in one of the most sought after dorms on campus, Liz Waters, my freshman year. There I met my best friends, whom I was sooo lucky to meet! Not only is Liz a beautiful building overlooking the lake, and lakeshore path, but it is SUPER convenient. The farthest walk for any classroom is about 9 minutes, and the shortest walk is about a minute, just across the street in Van Vleck! The room size is pretty large for a college dorm room and there is even a dinning hall in the dorm! Its a great place to live! So great, that I even decided to live there again sophomore year, with no regrets! At Madison there are two dorm regions; southeast and lakeshore. Southeast is closer to downtown and is the party dorm! Dont live there if you want to be able to study in your room. On the other hand, the lakeshore dorms on are near the lake and are older buildings with character. These dorms are quieter and arent the place for a lot of parties!
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T21:13:59Z
The only financial aid help I got was through loans. I didn't get nearly as much help and/or money as I thought I would, and I was extremely disappointed. It seems to me that a family has to be almost dirt poor to receive any aid.
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T21:10:20Z
I love the dining halls, especially the new Gordon Commons. They all have a wide variety of foods and are conveniently spaced throughout campus, so that there is always one near by.
College Junior 2013-01-16T21:08:19Z
Madison offers an abundant number of majors, its actually quite ridiculous how many options you have. The best part of all of the majors offered is that when you declare a Major you know you are going to get some of the world's finest education about your major, and you will be learning from top professors with incredible stories and experiences! As for me, I declared a Genetics major, of which is a major offered by very few schools in the US, but due to my career path I decided to drop this major, unfortunately. Therefore, I am currently undecided, choosing between Biology and Political Science. It wasn't until I took in International Relations course at UWM that I realized how fascinated I was in this area, but now after taking more poll sci classes taught by incredibly intelligent professors with such amazing experiences, I am seriously considering this major. On the other hand, Biology, is also taught by incredible professors with state of the art scientific labs and tools at your fingertips! Its too hard to choose!
College Junior 2013-01-16T20:47:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Madison has a beautiful range of people, which is one of my favorite parts of Madison. There are 'coasties', of whom can be annoying at times, and there are hipsters, and nerds, and artsy folk, some jocks, fashionistas, and just your everyday suburban people. Not everyone is nice or kind or funny but I have met quite a few people from different parts of the world, with different interests that have taught me a thing or two. The diversity at Madison is outstanding and really adds to our World Class campus!
College Junior 2013-01-16T20:41:34Z
Madison has a high reputation for being a top university that provides a quality education. All teachers emphasize and make note of academic integrity, and in many of my classes I have seen professors take action for cheating and other things that go against the academic code. On a social note, it is possible to go out and have fun without having to worry too much about getting in trouble, however I feel like there may not be enough strictness when it comes to larger parties.
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