Recent Alumnus 2011-02-21T15:39:30Z
Drug Scene? I don't know too much about it. Were a big drinking school, but it Wisconsin, the number 1 binge drinking state. BUT that's not everything. Our Students Party hard because they Work hard during the week. Football in the fall brings this out the most.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-21T15:37:36Z
Bars and Parties – There is always something to do. State Street has over 20 bars to choose from. They are all 21 and up, but some are more lax then others... With off-campus student housing so close, there is always a place to go before the bar, after the bar, or if you don't want to go to the bar and hang out and have a few drinks. If you aren't a big drinker, there are PLENTY of free actiities at the Union and tons of events every weekend around campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-21T15:35:20Z
Guys & Girls:
Average Student – There is no such thing as an average student at the University of Wisconsin. There are individuals from almost every state and many countries, from all different back, and of all ages. There is a good amount of people from Wisconsin, but since it is a high ranked school with a good education, there are also "Coasties". Everyone has a place to fit in with over 150 student organizations and clubs. No matter who you are, there will be people for you, places for you, and a major for you. Plus, there are a decent amount of good looking people ready to have a fun time once the week is over.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-29T19:00:43Z
I live off-campus but I do take advantage of the many eateries that are available on campus. They have a nice variety at an affordable price.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-29T18:58:35Z
Health & Safety:
I think Wisconsin is pretty safe. They are cognizant and communicative when anything untoward happens on campus. They try to help students to become more proactive in staying safe. There are also safe rides and walkers available for those who need them.
College Senior 2011-01-25T21:43:49Z
Though I personally have had great TAs that I can understand, many TAs throughout campus are often not native speakers. The barrier to learning is not always the material, but the language. As I said before, my experience with TAs has not been negatively affected by such obstacles, but some of my friends speak otherwise. The diverstiy, however is excellent! It is great to see so many international students here at UW-Madison!
College Senior 2011-01-24T19:06:32Z
Financial aid is readily available if you have extreme need, but as a large public university, Wisconsin has can only help a limited number of students. You are better off seeking private scholarships. That being said, the school is a great value and quite affordable compared to other Big 10 and large public universities.
College Senior 2011-01-24T19:03:23Z
There is honestly no campus that does college sports better than UW-Madison. Most of the athletic teams are highly ranked, and student attendance at athletic events is phenomenal. You can't beat Wisconsin Football Saturdays. Workout and training facilities are state of the art, and the athletic department really takes care of its student athletes. All students on campus take pride in Badger Athletics.
College Senior 2011-01-24T18:59:55Z
Drug usage definitely exists at Madison, but alcohol is by far student's choice of substance. For the most part, if people are using drugs, it's weed. Although the drinking scene is huge, there are a lot of other things to do on campus if you choose not to partake.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-12T18:12:10Z
Not as Easy as It Looks – Applying for financial aid isn't too difficult once you have all your general and financial information at your disposal...it's dealing with securing more money after you find out the government does not think your "need" is significant enough. The search for student loans and scholarships is what take the biggest toll on students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-12T18:08:06Z
School Pride – There is no doubt in my mind that I would choose Wisconsin again if I had to. The students understand each other and support each other in everything from academics, to sports (especially football), to the social scene. We pride ourselves in being a really huge family and love our school to no end.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-12T18:05:15Z
Getting to Class – Buses are pretty much there whenever you need to get to class. There are several bus routes that are free to students and run consistently throughout the day. If you miss it, odds are another one will show up in 5 minutes or less. Walking, however, is the preferred option, mostly for socializing and the general aesthetics of the campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T21:36:45Z
I have to walk 15-20 minutes to get to classes, so weather is everything. I dread cold, windy days and, unfortunately, there are many of those in Wisconsin. I think this is the biggest setback at this university.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T21:34:26Z
Partying Is Very Popular – Partying is very popular. I think it is a big problem at our school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T21:28:43Z
PT Is Very Competitive – Physical Therapy is a very competitive field. There are a lot of classes you must take, and it is all together a 7 year doctorate program (including undergraduate). The best thing about PT is you can have any undergraduate major you want as long as you have the requirements to get into the PT doctorate program. For example, I am planning on majoring in Spanish.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T21:24:13Z
The financial aid doesn't really come to you; you have to find it. The process for me was very confusing because I tried to do it by myself since my parents are usually too busy. I didn't really know what I was doing. I wish I would have received some guidance or that the instructions were made a little more clear.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T21:18:01Z
Outstanding Social Centers – With so many different social centers to choose from, UW Madison fills any student's need. From the many libraries to state-of-the-art gyms, this school has it all.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T21:16:16Z
Great College Town – Madison is a great city to live in and to go to school in. The city offers many volunteer, employment, and internship opportunities. For me, the highlight of going to UW Madison is the outstanding sporting events. Lively crowds and great coaches and athletes are always a winning combination.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T18:58:51Z
Easy Enough – If you are willing to put in a more than fair amount of effort, the process is as streamlined as it can be for such a large school. The UW does an excellent job of trying to help its own.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T18:57:33Z
An Option – Frats can be a huge part of your life at the UW, or you can never interact with them; you'll find plenty of fun and rowdiness either way.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-10T18:55:45Z
Unworthy of More Than Freshman Year – The dorms are good enough for the full "freshman experience," and getting to meet people; however, they are extremely expensive compared to other conveniently located off-campus housing options that provide a far higher quality of life.
College Senior 2011-01-10T11:09:17Z
Every time I search for scholarships, I get no results. What's worse, I did not even fill in my grade or any activities.
College Senior 2011-01-10T11:07:03Z
Library Experience – We have several libraries here in UW-Madison, but it was the first time I met a mascot in the library discussing a mathematics problem with students. And the library is a kind of social place!
College Senior 2011-01-10T10:59:25Z
Wireless Access – The wireless access in UW-Madison is good! You can access the internet in every building, but not in the street.
College Senior 2011-01-07T22:38:08Z
Not Bad – I was provided with many opportunities that only required me to fill out forms and mail them out. I may not have got a lot of funding, but it was accesible.
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