College Senior 2013-08-27T21:57:56Z
If you're on campus, there's a bus which circles campus every eight minutes or so. You can get to anywhere on campus within 20 minutes once you learn the bus system, and while they can get rather packed, the buses are clean and safe. Getting to campus is also relatively simple, depending on where you are and what options you have for alternative transportation. Parking on campus, while plentiful, is rather ludicrously expensive. Best to park on a busline and bus in. Fortunately, nearly every bus in Madison goes to or near campus.
College Senior 2013-08-27T21:53:59Z
There are constant campus events going on, from live music at the student unions to art showings at the Elvejem. Since the university is also situated in the downtown state capital, there is great exposure to local, city, and state politics, and consequent learning opportunities. We've got some of the best biological science facilities in the world, and a nuclear engineering program with functioning reactor here. There are constant symposiums for high level academics, and we're right up against Madison's gorgeous Lake Mendota. Combine all of this with the expense of a state school, and you've got a college experience which can rarely be matched.
College Senior 2013-08-27T21:46:38Z
The facilities that are available are largely excellent. There is a brand new student union, Union South, which is enormous and a real center of student interaction, being near to several key buildings. The Natatorium persists in being an excellent athletic facility, and libraries are dotted liberally around campus, usually near to the buildings which host their associated classes. There's a gorgeous garden which leads up Bascom Hill from University Avenue, which is a sheer pleasure to walk through when climbing the hill.
The only real problem is the current renovations going on in Library Mall. While I have no doubt the results will be excellent, as it stands, they constitute an assault on the eye, nose, and ears of students passing through the university's main thoroughfare. Further, they make it difficult to get to the other student union, the Memorial Union, an old but lovely building which used to be the center of student interactions.
On an related note: Parking in Madison is abysmal. Best is to park near bus lines and bus to campus. But be aware that you WILL be out in Wisconsin's brutal winters late in the fall semester and through most of the spring semester.
College Senior 2013-08-24T13:06:27Z
Health & Safety:
It seemed nice and quiet there. I only visit the campus twice for about 2 hours each time.
College Sophomore 2013-08-23T17:02:04Z
Campus police are pretty strict and really watch for underage drinking and drug use, but at the same time if you aren't being completely obnoxious there usually isn't an issue
College Sophomore 2013-08-23T16:59:59Z
Parking is a nightmare. I want my car here, but you can never find a spot and its ridiculously expensive.
College Sophomore 2013-08-23T16:58:08Z
Being at UW-Madison, you definitely get to experience the good and bad of all the seasons. When its beautiful out, laying out at the Terrace or doing your homework there can put you at ease. On the other hand, trudging to class in a blizzard can pretty much ruin your day!
College Sophomore 2013-08-18T03:56:42Z
You can easily score whatever you need: drugs, alcohol, anything you want. They are used a lot on campus, especially once you move out of the residence halls. Peer pressure leads you to believe you can do a lot more than you should. There is a program with the UW Police Department, where if you call for someone because they are intoxicated, you won't get a ticket for underage drinking.
College Sophomore 2013-08-18T03:54:54Z
Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate at UW. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. It's nice because you can go to frat parties, which can be fun, but it's not a status thing. As a member of a greek fraternity on campus, I've seen some good and bad to the greek life. They are very philanthropic.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T01:50:00Z
People are everywhere on campus. If your a average social person you will without a doubt see someone you know walking around the facilities.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T01:47:29Z
The campus is well put together I personally like living on campus. There is enough to do between class, studying, working out, and chilling in the student center that I don't really ever have to be bored.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T01:43:08Z
Always something popping off in the den. Every few weeks there are events students and friends can go to just to get away from the books and have a little fun, without getting into any trouble.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T01:41:16Z
While attending UWP it was not hard to get along with my professors and I felt as if the school worked with me to keep it pushing and stay motivated.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T01:37:08Z
The academics taught at UWP-Parkside are very structured. I feel that I have learned a lot while attending UWP, but I could be more motivated.
College Sophomore 2013-08-14T16:59:25Z
The financial aid office is very easy to work with.
College Sophomore 2013-08-14T16:57:51Z
It is cold in Madison during the winter. Our campus is beautiful when it is snow covered. The sidewalks and streets are really well maintained so you never have to walk in snow piles.
College Junior 2013-08-12T22:51:04Z
There is really no need for a car on campus, there student buses that take you around campus, however they fill up fast and are pretty busy regularly. If you want to purchase parking for a vehicle on campus, it's pretty outrageous prices. Also, it is pretty pricey to park in the parking ramps to. Your better off biking or getting a mo-ped, or good walking shoes to get around campus.
College Junior 2013-08-12T22:48:43Z
Drinking is a much more popular activity than anything.
College Junior 2013-08-12T22:46:59Z
The academic programs that UW-Madison have to offer are awesome. However, the coursework is very rigorous. The buildings are good, however there are some older buildings, but it adds to the character of UW-Madison. Campus life is awesome, there is a lot to do every night of the week.
College Sophomore 2013-08-11T19:34:00Z
Tons of dining halls, lots of variety for food, relatively cheap pricing. Inevitably, though, you will get sick of the dining hall food. It happens everywhere to everyone.
College Sophomore 2013-08-11T19:32:51Z
My favorite spots to study include College Library, a couple of the greenhouses, and, though I didn't get there often, the WID. The SAC is also a really, really popular place to study if you're in the area. All of these places are super comfortable and typically quiet enough to get some good work done. The whole campus, while known for partying, is really into studying and work. "Play hard, work hard."
College Junior 2013-08-11T19:30:19Z
I love walking around the State Capitol building at night and visiting the bars around the Capitol. There is a great variety of bars to suit everyone's needs and the food and drink selection is truly amazing depending on where you go!
College Sophomore 2013-08-11T19:28:19Z
Badger football is an insane influence on campus. Saturdays in the fall are seriously the best thing ever in Madison. I had hockey season tickets last year as well, and those games were just as fun as the football games. I know as well that basketball is HUGE on campus. The two gyms available are also really accessible and really useful, even if they are on opposite sides of campus, both kind of on the outside.
College Junior 2013-08-11T19:28:06Z
My first year at UW-Madison I received multiple grants to get me started. The grants were specific to first-year students and although I kept my GPA high, participated in multiple clubs on campus, and volunteered whenever I could, I did not receive any grants the following year. However, I did receive my first scholarship this year! I applied for it after receiving a referral from an advisor in my major's department.
College Sophomore 2013-08-11T19:26:26Z
Health & Safety:
I never felt particularly unsafe walking around campus, even when I walked to work at College Library where I worked overnights. Madison also has Safe Walk, a program where you can walk to wherever you're going with both a male and female escort. The University Health Services are really accessible and the insurance that students can get is really good--even if the people at UHS can be sort of frustrating.
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