Recent Alumnus 2012-01-11T18:07:21Z
The UW/Marshfield Advantage – The reason I, and many others for that matter, chose this school is to save money. This UW is designed to be a two year transitional school. The university collaborates with the other colleges to provide students with a program called TIS which enables students to verify which credits will transfer to other universities. They have diverse classes and great teachers.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-11T18:01:20Z
I attend a two year transitional university so it's pretty focused on people from the area. It is primarly a white facility with few people from different ethnic backgrounds. Our school however does have groups that "speak out" for religious and sexual beliefs which is encouraging to see. That means our students aren't afraid to voice their oppinions and will stand up for what they believe in.
College Junior 2012-01-03T18:38:24Z
Madison contains a diverse student body. On my floor alone, I have friends (even some best friends) from New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, South Korea, Japan, and India. In addition I have met students from practically every continent, state, and country. It is amazing to hear about all of their different backgrounds and cultures.
UW-Madison is prideful of its sports teams. WE ARE THE BADGERS. You haven't experienced a football game unless you've been to a Badger game.
Madison has over 300 clubs to join, plus you can make your own!
College Junior 2012-01-03T18:33:35Z
There's No Place Like UW-Madison – I feel that UW-Madison has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. There is ALWAYS something to do in Madison or somewhere to go. I was NEVER bored in Madison. Of course, nothing beats Badger pride. Of course, you've got to sort your priorities and make sure studying and grades come before your social life... I had a hard time with that aspect. It took me a while to get used to the large campus and bus systems... But, in the end, I never felt more at home. Truly, there's no place like UW-Madison.
College Junior 2012-01-03T18:27:38Z
Drugs a Minor Problem Compared to Alcohol – Drugs in the University of Wisconsin Madison are not too serious. However, there are hundreds of students who smoke and use marijuana and hookah. It depends on who you hang out with, but for the most part, alcohol is much more prevalent than drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T02:33:56Z
Great Bar Scene – Tons of bars, live music, etc. Always something to do.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T02:32:26Z
Asians and Rich Kids – Lots of Asians, and they are very, very clique-y. A fair amount of spoiled, snobby, rich kids as well.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T02:30:32Z
Pricey but Worth It – Housing near campus is almost entirely student body, so expect to be gouged on rent. It's not uncommon for 1-bedrooms to run as high as 800/mo. That being said, given the social scene in Madison, it's worth getting out of the dorms if you can.
College Senior 2012-01-02T21:24:01Z
Something for Everyone – Wisconsin gives me the opportunity to challenge myself academically while also giving me options to socialize on the weekends. There's a nice mix of fun and work that keeps me motivated through each semester. Also, through the many different organizations and extracurricular opportunities, students are given an option to find or practice other passions that they may have outside the classroom.
College Junior 2012-01-02T21:20:43Z
There's definitely a plethora of off-campus housing available in Madison. It's very expensive though! The most upscale student apartments are Lucky, Equinox, and Grand Central and to have your own room in a four-bedroom, expect to pay $700-$900. It's possible to have your own room in a house or dumpy apartment for around $500. Expect to sign a lease for anywhere around Thanksgiving!
College Senior 2012-01-02T21:19:14Z
I'm a fan of variety, and Wisconsin's weather has a variety of temperatures and conditions that one can feel over the year. During the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring, the weather can be very hot. During the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester, the weather is very cold. Either way, the weather never stops anybody from doing anything.
College Senior 2012-01-02T21:14:43Z
Every place that one may wish to go is almost always within walking distance and if not, then there are sufficient bus options.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T21:16:52Z
Get yourself a winter coat. Fall and Spring are beautiful however. : )
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-29T21:16:10Z
Free Bus Pass! The free bus pass offered to all UW Madison students is the best! So easy to use!
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:46:36Z
Food for Everyone – The dining halls on campus offer a large variety of menu options to choose from. Rheta's is probably the best place to eat on campus at the moment. It has stir fry and burritos made to order, fresh fruit and vegetables everyday, and buffalo wings once a week that many students look foward to. Next year there will be two new campus dining options on campus adding more competition to the cafeterias on campus.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:41:34Z
So Much to Do, So Little Time – State Street sits at the heart of campus. The long street holds a variety of restaurants, bars, and stores that attract a wide range of eating and shopping preferences. Also, the theaters on state street are frequented with excellent plays and concerts. Every weekend I am confronted with multiple choices of how to spend my precious free time.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:30:41Z
Guys & Girls:
Strong & Attractive – Overall, the student population is very attractive. Students here are very motivated and take care of themselves nicely. Girls tend to dress modestly and are not very obsessed with the latest fashion trends. Both genders spend considerable amounts of time working out, and people here find it appealing to be healthy and in shape.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:22:08Z
Great Place to Learn – University of Madison offers endless academic opportunities. I am double majoring in History and Environmental Studies and my professors have been amazing. The school does not only teach you how to think but how to speak. 20 person discussion sections with T.A.'s help students gain a better understanding of the lecture or expand on what the professor discussed. Furthermore, professors are easily accessible and really do like speaking to students. The workload is tolerable and there are plenty of libraries and study areas like the SAC that provide students with the peace and quiet needed to get their work done.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:14:25Z
Smooth Process – Scholarships offered by the school are very competitive and difficult to obtain unless if you are at the top of the incoming freshman class. Fortunately, I recieved grants that helped me cover most of my tuition and I never had issues dealing with the finacial aid process.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:06:31Z
The off-campus housing selection is very diverse with a variety of different locations and prices to choose from. Most sophomores choose to move out of the dorms after freshman year because apartments can be less expensive than living in University Housing.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:04:00Z
Health & Safety:
University Protection – Coming from a big city, I never feel afraid walking alone on campus during the nighttime. However, if it is really late there are SafeRide and SafeWalk programs where you can get a free taxi ride or have two people walk home with you. If you use the programs provided by campus you will not find yourself in a dangerous situation on campus. Personally, I have never met anyone who has fallen victim to any sort of crime while at Madison.
College Junior 2011-12-27T18:38:53Z
Apartments Go Fast! There are many apartment options off campus, with all different price ranges. Due to the mass amount of people im Madison apartment openings tend to disappear very quickly.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-14T03:51:30Z
Bring a Jacket – Winters are very cold... and long. The summer and fall are beautiful, especially with the lake but winter can be tough. You will want to come prepared with a good winter coat and boots.
College Junior 2011-12-08T20:31:25Z
Nightlife is for students who are 21 or older. There are a few 18-and-older clubs, but I say skip the clubs. House parties are free, the music is better, and you don't have to pay for a cab back to campus.
College Junior 2011-12-08T20:03:00Z
Madison is probably one of the most diverse schools one could ever go to! There are so many people, locations, restaurants, activities, clubs, and more that are diverse in every way possible! Race, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, interests, hobbies, majors, activities--you name it, it's here!
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