Recent Alumnus 2010-05-18T19:51:14Z
Guys & Girls:
Variety of Students – There is no "typical student" at Madison. Everyone is very different when it comes to dress and interests. Thats what makes this campus so nice is that there is a great variety of people with many interests. No two people are alike on this campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-18T17:05:56Z
Madison Has Is All – The Madison area provides all types of events and entertainment. Everyday there is something to do at the Union. During the summer there are concerts on the square, the farmer's market and plenty of areas to just bask in the sun. Madison has multiple shopping facilities including Hildale, and East Towne and West Towne Malls. As for outdoors activities, Madison is surrounded by Lake Menona and Lake Mendota, both which provide area for swimming, sailing, kayaking, etc. Culturally, Madison provides events for all cultures. My favorites end of summer activity is the Taste of Madison held on the square. Finally, the safety on campus and surrounding areas is good. There are safety lights and safe walk available, also safe ride taxis and buses.
College Sophomore 2010-05-17T18:46:01Z
Madison Is Where It Is at! I love it at Madison. Because campus is so big there are activities for everyone. Plus, the sporting events have an atmosphere like no other. When I was thinking about where to go I feared that Madison might be too much for me but I quickly found my place here and now I cannot imagine being happy anyplace else.
College Sophomore 2010-05-17T18:31:15Z
Its All About the Booze – At Madison, although drug use is around, user primarily keep to themselves. The exceptions being halloween and Mifflin. Drinking however is far more prevalent and in the open. Students "pregame" for everything under the sun.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-13T15:38:24Z
Badgers Games Are So Fun! I loved having season tickets to the football games! They were so fun and the crowd was so involved! The Band is also amazing :)
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-13T15:36:35Z
Very Interesting, Mainly Ethnic – The meals all seem fairly healthy but a lot of them are extremely weird looking. I'm used to a lot of plain foods and the items they offer that fit that category get very repetitive.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-13T15:35:13Z
Pretty Easy, Always Busy Though – The computers and printing are pretty easy to use. But there are so many students that it is very hard to get on to a computer especially around midterm madness and finals week.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T01:05:44Z
Bus and Bike – Students get to ride the bus for free, the only thing is that they are rarely on time and are unavailable early in the morning.
That is why I bike everywhere-rain or shine!
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T01:01:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Coasties Everywhere! I never knew what a coastie was until I came to Madison. Coasties are kids from either the west coast or east coast. They are mostly from wealthy families and spend their parents money like nobody else. Otherwise, there are the native hippies and the beer-drinking jocks who do nothing but party.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T00:57:05Z
Many Styles of Architecture – The campus has many buildings built over the last 200 years. Some are very new, others very old. The facilities, however, are all in working order and get the job done. There is alot of construction going on. They say there are two seasons in Madison- Winter and Construction.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-24T19:47:22Z
An honest opinion – I'm a huge fan of the UW, and being here I have found almost everything to be perfect minus the winter months and the extreme lack of diversity - and for whatever diversity there is, it is not a melting pot. Being Chinese-American, and very enveloped in both racial groups (although more so with Caucasian friends) I've noticed that the majority of black students on campus are athletes. A few years back, UW Madison even photo shopped a black student into their brochure in order to attract more black students. Essentially, the student body is average Caucasian students from
small towns with closed minds. This is not to say that there aren't plenty of students with open minds looking to find new friends, learn about different cultures, and change their worldviews. Currently, I live with a black guy, and three white guys making our household one of the most diverse on campus -- at least the top 1% for household diversity. This shows how unlikely it is for people to make friends of different races, so if you are coming here to learn about different cultures, and make life long friends of different races - it definitely can be done but it will be much more difficult when compared to other schools such as UCLA.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T06:37:36Z
If you don't absolutely need a vehicle, don't bring it. Parking on campus is quite expensive and can be hard to find, depending on the area of campus in which you live. However, if you live off campus, parking is much better.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T06:35:46Z
Not Very Strict – Regarding social life and rule inforcement in the dorms:
Many people drink in the dorms. As long as you basically keep to yourself and aren't making too much noise, there will *usually* be no problems. It does depend on the RA, however. If one gets caught either twice or three times drinking in the dorm, they WILL get kicked out of university housing.
When it comes time for finals, there are 22-hour quiet hours, which is nice for studying, but at the same time can make it difficult for socializing in the common areas. The quiet hours are often strictly enforced.
Regarding social life and rule enforcement around campus:
Campus police are very friendly. If you don't give them a reason to be strict, they won't be. For example, during a block party, don't drink in the street, and they will leave you alone. In fact, they are typically very freindly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T06:25:28Z
The Pros and Cons of Madison's Apartments – Madison has a wide variety of apartments, and that variety is always growing. However, the renting process begins right after the school year starts up, which sometimes makes it difficult for people to find a good apartment even after just a few months into the school year. The quality is generally good, with good landlords. There are apartments grouped together in the southeast area, as well as spread across the other parts of campus, allowing students to find an apartment that is close to the class buildings for their major.
College Senior 2010-04-09T02:48:55Z
Tons of Student Orgs – There is such a variety of places to go and groups to join that it allows students to find people with simular intrests.
College Senior 2010-04-09T02:44:50Z
More and More – This university is becoming more and more diverce in reguards to racial and ethnic groups. I think the atmosphere and relations between people of different cultures and backgrounds could use improvment.
College Senior 2010-04-09T02:41:33Z
Campus Food Is Average – Campus food is extreamly cheap for students with a food/housing plan. The food is ok tasting but usually makes my stomach upset.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T16:06:37Z
We Got a Snowday – It's Wisconsin weather, sunny and hot one day to be snowy and cold the next. Last semester we got dumped with more than a foot of snow and they basically shutdown campus. For the students we got a free day and we used it. The Lakeshore dorms had a massive snowball fight against the southeast dorms for hours.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T15:58:24Z
Lakeshore: the Way to Go – I grew up in a small town of trees and fields. Lakeshore dorms are the best transition for a person like me because it's more slowed down than state-side dorms (southeast dorms).
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:13:00Z
All students get a free bus pass, so you can always take the city bus if you need to get off campus, or from one end of campus to the other in a rush. They don't run very often on the weekends so you have to check the schedule and make a plan before you just take a bus anywhere, but the website is easy to use. There's also a thing called "Safewalk" or "Saferide" if it's late at night and the buses aren't running anymore... you can call a number and they'll send someone to walk with you or send a taxi.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:07:54Z
Everyone gets really into athletics at Madison, especially football. There are die-hard fans of every sport, but everyone gets excited about football. Game days are obvious because the entire city wears red, there's huge fan support and school spirit. And the teams are all usually pretty good too, so they're worth cheering for. There are also lots of inturmurals for people who want to play just for fun.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T15:23:44Z
There is barely any parking available and is not recommended or convenient to have a car on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T15:22:29Z
There are some apartments and housing avaliable off campus but there is limited to no parking available and some are not so close to campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T15:21:05Z
There are so many choices for off-campus dining at University of Wisconsin. State street has a vast amount of restaurants that are open late and some even offer student discounts. Although it is costly to eat out all the time, off campus dining is definately an amenity to be enjoyed on occassion.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-29T19:45:36Z
Late Spring and Summer are fairly nice, assuming you get used to the cold. Autumn, early Winter, and early Spring are known for their tooth-numbingly-cold winds, and Winter is known for snow and ice. Lots of it. It's just something you get used to, though. And the bus systems around campus (particularly the 80) are great for those horrible days.
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