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.
College Senior 2011-04-29T04:58:41Z
Easy Peasy – It took awhile for me to get all my materials submitted, but I knew EXACTLY what I was getting for financial aid less than a week after that. The financial aid advisors are fantastic and extremely helpful.
The only reason I give it an A- is because the office requires redundant information that was available on my FAFSA which is just annoying to have to send out.
College Senior 2011-04-29T04:55:47Z
Something for Everyone – There are AWESOME venues for concerts and performances both on and off campus. Madison is a great city for the performing arts and the entertainment ranges from indie-rock bands to off-Broadway touring productions.
The academics at UW are definitely different from other UW campuses. Here, almost every professor has engaged in some sort of ground-breaking research. Many undergraduates will participate in some kind of research during their time here. There are SO many programs that help you get involved.
The representation of students on campus is greatly varied. There are not just engineering majors, or science majors, or classical humanities majors. Here, you will find everything from Music Performance and Dance Majors to Social Work Majors to Chemical Engineering Majors to Biochemistry Majors to Art Education Majors to Wildlife Ecology Majors. There are students who work on campus, off campus, and students who don't work. UW is the ultimate place to be if you want to experience everything college has to offer.
College Senior 2011-04-29T04:48:27Z
Professional Party School – If you're looking for a party at UW, chances are, you'll find one. Badgers are notorious for partying hardy but still getting kick-butt GPAs. You can definitely get involved, but there are plenty of people who choose not to drink and still have a great time here.
Drugs are available if that's your thing, but peer pressure in the context of marijuana or other such drugs is minimal. No one thinks down on you if you don't.
Enforcement of underage drinking and of illegal drug usage goes by the rule that if you're not doing anything stupid, you PROBABLY won't get caught. That's not to say that it doesn't happen though.
College Senior 2011-04-28T17:31:36Z
Stressed but in the End It Works – For an incoming freshman, I was very stressed as to how much financial aid I would recieve. The process went fairly smooth, but took forever to decide how much aid I would finally recieve. i would suggest keeping all your papers in one folder to maintain organization and to call the Financial Aid office with any questions you have, no matter how trivial you may think they are.
College Senior 2011-04-28T17:28:35Z
Many Options – There are tons of options of getting around Madison. For one theres the amazing bus lines that run almost 24/7. Campus is huge but you can get about anywhere by walking, biking, or bus. Buses are free for students and are the main form of transportation. There is also the SAFE ride/walk program for those students who need help getting back to campus late at night.
College Senior 2011-04-28T17:26:01Z
Guys & Girls:
Wide Variey – On campus you can find any type of person you could imagine. There is no shortage of attractive guys and girls which is kind of amazing when you think of all the different ways that people are attracted to one another. Anyone can find someone here, be it the hot athlete or the cute geek next door, the high maintenance girls to the low-key hippies.
College Senior 2011-04-26T21:45:11Z
Dont Ask Dont Tell – The police force here are not strict unless they catch one person walking down the street with a beer. But that is most of the time the persons own fault for not thinking. As long as you keep your head down and dont make an idiot of yourself, your golden.
College Senior 2011-04-26T21:43:10Z
There are a lot of very nice Greek communities out there. The most well known are the frats here. Most are ok but some of them are not the best people to hang out with. Stay away from frats in madison unless you know the people well.
College Senior 2011-04-26T21:38:30Z
Madison is one of the friendliest colleges I have been to. You can walk down the street and get a smile from most people you pass, as long as they are not even in a hurry. But even then, they'll sometimes smile. There is always something to do, with the new Union South opening recently there are pool tables and bowling allies, and even a movie theater. If US is too crowded you can go to Union North where you can sit outside on a nice warm day and listen to live music while enjoying the lake breeze. Apart from that, the academics here are wonderful. Yes its hard but yes its worth it. A degree from Wisconsin is well known and sought after amongst the employees out there today.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-26T18:02:39Z
Guys & Girls:
Coasties Galor – There are an excessive amount of coasties at this school who love dressing in the most obnoxious ways possible - leggings and short t-shirts. and then they have the nerve to complain about being cold. how about you put on some clothes?
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-26T18:00:34Z
I have never lived on campus at my university for one reason: COST. My freshman year I lived in one of the most expensive apartment complexes just off campus, and it still cost less than what my friends who were staying in the dorms were paying. Yikes!
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-26T17:58:36Z
Awesome Advisors! I came into this university with absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in - well, that's not exactly true, I just wanted to major in everything. The cross-college advising staff was excellent. They really helped me narrow down the fields that I wanted to go into while still managing to get general education credits out of the way. Now, with two declared majors, I feel ready to tackle my last two years here!
College Senior 2011-04-26T15:56:01Z
The overall experience that I have had at UW-Madison has been wonderful. I love everything about the campus and the university because it has been the best of all worlds.
College Senior 2011-04-26T15:45:50Z
The facilities at UW-Madison are beautiful. There are many new building on campus always appearing and they make for very good studying locations. Also, the buildings are clean and safe and within a good walking distance.
College Senior 2011-04-26T15:44:16Z
Health & Safety:
I have never felt unsafe on Madison's campus. There is always numberous people walking around at any time during the day. Also, there are many options, like safewalk, safebus, and saferide to make sure that you arrive safely to your destination if you are traveling alone.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-06T19:44:22Z
Between metered lots and student parking (with parking passes) its pretty easy to find a spot.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-06T19:42:27Z
Depends on the Sport – Being a student athlete, I experienced this part of campus life firsthand. Some sports have much more fan support than others. Basketball and football are the most popular fan sports. The rest dont get nearly as much attention.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-06T19:39:20Z
Not a Whole of Options – There aren't a lot of off campus dining options, besides the fast food varieties, there is not a wide range of choices. Although there is not a large range of places, there are a few places that are great to check out. Guu's is a really good bar to check out, great food and a fun atmosphere. Also, gyro and kabobs has great food. Both have great food with vegetartian option and reasonable prices.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-30T08:41:17Z
Social Life & Opportunities for Involvement – The social life at Madison is great. There is something for everyone. While there are a good amount of students in sororities/fraternities, there are still tons of social activities, parties, and ways to make new friends for those who don't participate in Greek life. Our selection of student organizations and clubs is outstanding - there is literally something for EVERYBODY so its really easy to get involved and meet people with common interests.
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