College Senior 2011-06-23T22:13:12Z
All professors are very knowledgeable and professional during lecture. Even in large lectures, they are mostly all extremely approachable during office hours
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-22T17:57:34Z
Party Hardy – If you're 21 or over (or if you've got a fake that works its magic), the bar scene is definitely one of the hottest and most energetic. On a similar note, you've got your standard house parties and frat parties. But regardless of where you're going and with whom, the objective is often the same - party hardy and "get it in", to borrow a phrase from "Jersey Shore"'s very own, Snookie. If you're not into all of that, Madison has its fair share of more low-key activities, like outdoor (and indoor) shows, free movie nights, food and drink at the Union, etc. At the end of the day, everything is what you make it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-22T17:47:15Z
Affordable, Accessible, Delectable Cuisine – The quality of off-campus dining is generally something relative. Having grown up in the heart of Chicago, I've eaten at restaurants and tried foods that sometimes seem unrivaled, which makes me picky about the places at which I choose to dine. Overall, though, Madison offers a diverse selection of eateries, from the more elegant locations to your standard greasy spoon. Numerous cultures are represented, from Greek to African to Lebanese, and the cost is, for the most part, affordable. There's something for everyone, I'm sure, but the best way to get your money's worth is to step outside your comfort zone and do some exploring to find something that truly satisfies your appetite.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-21T14:58:35Z
The athletic events, especially the football and basketball games, make UW-Madison fun.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-21T14:56:26Z
Private parking is somewhat difficult to find and very expensive. Bus routes are extensive and included in tuition. Plenty of taxi cabs also available.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-21T14:48:25Z
Well Balanced – This school has a lot of different majors and is strong in most of them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T18:58:37Z
UW Experience – My experience at the UW-Madison has been pretty good so far. As it is a large school, finding a small community to connect with has been one of my best decisions. Although the school has some negatives, the education is great.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T18:54:57Z
The University of Wisconsin has had a long struggle with diversity. The campus has an extreme lack of racial and ethnic diversity within the student body. Although there is a decent sized minority population, the minority and majority students are extremely segregated. Minority students are often forced to deal with ignorant remarks from white students on campus and there have been multiple incidents of hate speech, ignorant behavior, and physical incidents.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T18:51:05Z
International Studies Major – I have loved being an International Studies major at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. It is one of the largest majors on campus but provides a really small program feel. The program provides a multitude of course options covering various departments and subjects. I have really enjoyed all the courses I have taken so far for my major. The department's counselors are extremely helpful and despite working with many students, always remember your name and your concerns. They always make themselves available for walk-ins and appointments are very easy to make. They also host many events throughout the year for students to learn more about the major and the opportunities that the major can provide after graduation. Overall, it is a great major and I really enjoy it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-13T16:26:28Z
There is no long term parking offered through the University. This results in the only parking being provided through private companies or home owners. It is expensive and rarely conveniently located.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-13T16:23:20Z
Fast and Readily Available – I have never had any problems with the networking on campus. Every building I have been into has had wireless available. The networks are also very secure and are only available to students and faculty with a valid ID. Computer labs are located in numerous buildings and most are available 24/7.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-13T16:21:02Z
Challenging, but Rewarding – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has an exceptional list of distinguished faculty. The courses are difficult, but they're worth the effort. Earning a degree from this establishment sets you apart from the crowd.
College Senior 2011-06-03T23:34:00Z
Greeks Suck – I never party, but the Greek people are always drunk and scare me when I have to go out at night to go to the library or get food. We seriously need to bring Prohibition back.
College Senior 2011-06-03T23:32:39Z
The Drunks Are Gross – I hate parties and partying. The people who participate in it are disgusting and irresponsible. One girl on my floor smoked weed and drank excessively, and one morning I woke up to find vomit all over the bathroom. That was one of the grossest things I have ever seen.
College Senior 2011-06-03T23:29:43Z
Residential Dining Halls – Cheap food, but it tastes awful. The food is all greasy and when they attempt to make ethnic food, it is bland and does not resemble what it is supposed to taste like.
College Senior 2011-05-27T22:32:13Z
School Strictness – I would say the strictness is probably low if anything. However, there usually isn't much trouble at our school.
College Senior 2011-05-27T22:25:54Z
Dining Options – There are a few places to eat. Most are chain restaurants, and the rest are either taverns or "mom and pop" joints. The food is usually good, but the variety is limited.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-23T16:29:20Z
The Farther the Cheaper – The closer to campus the more expensive an appartment will inevitably be. But if you are willing to drive or better yet take use the free bus provided by UW you can find some cheap appartments that are in good neighborhoods.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-23T16:24:58Z
Libraries Are Amazing – The Libraries at the UW provide you with so many different options, from study environement to resources provided you will find what you need. The south student Union is almost too amazing. Just finished this 94.8 million dollar structure has a state of the art movie theatre that shows free movies, at least 3 fire places, a climbing wall and a bowling alley. I hope to take full advantage of it and so do thousands of other students.
College Sophomore 2011-05-20T15:20:03Z
Like a Box of Chocolates: Who Knows What You Are Gonna Get – Wisconsin weather can be very unpredictable. Especially in fall and spring. It will be nice for a few days and then bitterly cold the next few. Winters are long and snowy but students are able to turn them into fun, a.k.a. the Bascom Hill Snowball Fight!
College Sophomore 2011-05-20T15:14:20Z
Wide Variety – While the majority of students are white there is a good-sized fraction of students hailing from Asia. Unfortunately the African American fraction of the student body is not nearly as prevalent.
College Senior 2011-05-16T21:34:24Z
Chadbourne Hall – I lived at Chadbourne my freshman year, and it was the dorm in-between partying and studying. It also had the best location on campus. The dining hall is one of the best on campus as well. I would definitely recommend living in a dorm freshman year.
College Senior 2011-05-16T21:30:52Z
Health & Safety:
The school tries really hard to promote safety and security on campus. There are various programs like SafeRide and SafeWalk that ensure safety during the night. There is a lot of campus/city police officers out on the streets on weekends as well.
College Senior 2011-05-16T21:28:38Z
Mathematics Major – The workload for the Mathematics major is quite tough, but is enjoyable if you love the subject. All of my professors are very knowledgeable, helpful and carry about my success. There are also a lot of focus options within the Mathematics major. I am exploring the Computer Science focus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-29T22:41:03Z
Lots to Do Here – The atmosphere at Madison is awesome, especially for sports fans. Game days are really fun. Everybody will be wearing red across the whole campus, which is really big. You can always get a ticket to the game from someone on the street but if it is too expensive there are several awesome restaurants where lots of people go to watch. State street has the best food ever! There is every type of food you could possibly imagine. There is a lot going on on this campus. Student organizations have organized film festivals and invited poets like Billy Collins to come read. There is a new climbing wall and bowling ally in the new Union South. It is a big party school, though and it can be hard to make friends if you aren't interested in that. Then again there are tons of student organizations to join.
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