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University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) Reviews

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  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    32 out of 40 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 1 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like: big towns, lots of people, partying, studying, having a busy schedule, variety. If you are: outgoing, social, hard-working, disciplined. If you want: a challenge, a change.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared. Meet people, find people you like and try not to be overwhelmed.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public university, it is rather expensive, but it has an excellent reputation.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am a bit scared to go to a school as big as Madison is, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

    Will learn a lot

    The education program is competitive and also very intensive. There is also a huge range of courses offered outside of the major and a lot of learning communities dedicated to various things.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 24 people found this review useful. 2 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think this school is great for people who want to work hard to get into a good school and continue to work hard in college. I would not recommend this school for people who can get distracted easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, I really believe this will increase your chances of getting accepted and will get you a response a lot faster so you can make your decision. Really work to get a high ACT score and writing a good admissions essay.

    Bang for the buck

    Although this school is rather pricey for a public school I feel that it is definitely worth it. People are always impressed when they hear that I go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, so I know that a degree from here will get me a great career.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus and school has ALOT to offer, whether it be academically, socially, politically, or otherwise. Its location provides a perfect unison between city and campus life. The city is great, it's very active, and it's wonderful to see everyone out running, biking, shopping, walking down famous State St., etc.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much since I began my schooling at University of Wisconsin-Madison. There is such a variety of classes to choose from which makes it easy for you to find classes that you are interested in. The professors here challenge you to think outside the norm and come up with creative ways in which to think about problems.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a big campus with lots of different people and opportunities that will allow them to expand their horizons and want an elite education will love the University of Wisconsin Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared to step up to the plate and earn your grades. In high school it is easy to put in minimum effort and obtain perfect grades, but now that you are at the university level it is necessary for you to be at the top of your game. You need to be equipped for major studying and late nights in order to achieve a good GPA.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is pricey yes, but not outrageously expensive. It’s a D1 university that lives up to its standards socially and educationally. Don’t let the price scare you away; there are millions of ways to get scholarships, grants, and/or loans to help you pay for school. Also, there are campus jobs that you can apply for.

    Am enjoying being here

    From the social aspect, one of the best parts about being at Madison is the school spirit. Game days are epic when all the badgers get together and support the team whether it’s football, basketball, hockey, etc. Plus, there are innumerous groups/activities that I can participate in which allows me to reach out and become part of the badger community. From the educational aspect, the challenges presented to me have already tested my determination, patience, and strength that will be needed to survive the “real world.”

    Am learning a lot

    Each professor has their own teaching technique to make their class interesting, and many classes have teaching assistants who can help you individually. One small problem you might encounter with the teaching assistants is a language barrier, but other than that they're great. And if you need even more attention, many courses have programs where you can get extra help by joining a group that schedules around your free time. Also, Madison gives you the ability to take a variety of courses so you can be educationally well-rounded, which is something many graduate programs look for.

  • 08/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Madison is great for anyone who is up for an academic challenge, likes to meet lots of new people, and enjoys being part of a school with lots of pride. I know Madison has a reputation as a party school, and it is very true that if you like to party this is sure to be a fun place for you. On the other hand (from personal experience) I can guarantee that if you are not into partying, or if you don't drink, you don't have to worry. There is so much other stuff to do you can still have an amazing experience here.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is large, but that doesn't mean that you have to feel overwhelmed here. When you break down all the academic programs you will most likely end up in a relatively small group of students. Go to the activities fair and find something to get involved with, but DO NOT take on too much. Choose one or two extra-curricular activities at one time. Freshman year is very hard for many students and often grades will show this. It will help you to have a couple of outlets to have some fun, but it will hurt you if you never have time to study. On that note - make sure you are studying and doing your work everyday. Procrastinating may get you by in high school but for the vast majority of people it doesn't work like that at Madison.

    Bang for the buck

    To be honest Madison is not the cheepest school to attend. You will get hit with costs that some may not immediately consider. Tuition, room, and board are not your only costs. Students do have to pay for tickets into sports games (this is different for many other universities), and if you want to bring a car to campus you will add a considerable amount to your yearly costs. All this considered I still think that the superior academic instruction you will recieve, the free entertainment that is offered, and the overall Madison experience make it 100% worth the costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school and this city. There is almost always something going on. The Union has movies and music among other events, and state street is always fun to walk down. I always have a ton of fun going to Badger games - everyone has tons of school spirit so even if you don't enjoy the sport in itself you are bound to have fun.

    Am learning a lot

    I can honestly say that every class I have taken here has been worthwhile. Even going beyond the information that I have learned in classes I have learned better study strategies. Every professor I have had has been extremely nice and willing to help, but I will add the qualifier that because the school is so large you must be willing to put personal effort forth if you need help from your professors or Teaching Assistants.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, time managers- can balance social and academic life, don't mind living in a cold winter environment, enjoy having pride for their school, and ready to work a top-notch education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the school, and maximize that visit by trying to arrange a visit for a tour or information session/interview in the school department you are most/somewhat interested in.

    Bang for the buck

    The school gets quite pricey for those students not residing in Minnesota or Wisconsin, and it seems as though UW-Madison doesn't give a lot of money to out-of-staters. The education you receive however will be one of the best in the Midwest.

    Will enjoy being here

    UW-Madison has a beautiful campus, and a wealth of opportunities on campus and in the city (which is fused right into the city setting and city life). UW-Madison has very few transfer students. It does get cold in the winter!

    Will learn a lot

    UW-Madison has very solid academics, well paralleled by its social atmosphere as well. The university is a top-notch research institution. The size of the school can make it competitive, especially for out of state students.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ~Hardworking---school is tough no matter what major you are in. ~Leaders---there are so many opportunities to involve yourself. Be sure to do it! It may be a large university, but there are plenty of opportunities to make a name for yourself ~People who enjoy a challenge--it's tough, you either have to get over that or transfer. You may not get an A in every class; although it is possible. ~Balanced individuals-Know when to separate school and fun. Everyone needs a break from their studies. Madison is great place to have fun and relax as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Everyone who I've met at UW has been a leader in some form or another. I'm not saying you have to be captain of the lacrosse team, but be an active contributor to the lacrosse team! Leadership skills will not only help you succeed at UW, but in life as well so it is best to start early! Study! Develop those study skills early because believe me Madison is not like high school anymore. Get to know your teachers so you can establish a relationship with them (you do need a strong letter of recommendation). Visit Madison! Make sure you see it. Most kids will write it off as a huge school taught by TAs that only cares about their grad students. This is far from true. As someone who easily gets lost, it's not as bad as it looks. If you visit, be sure to attend a class! Most lectures are rather large and it is easy to sneak in and see the academic atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    No university is cheap. Or at least, the ones worth going to aren't. I am a resident from Wisconsin so I am a little biased. If you are out of state though, still consider the school. Many scholarship and financial aid packages are available. I know many who get most of their tuition paid for each year. What are you paying for? Top teachers who all have graduated from excellent schools with PH D's in their respective fields. You'll be surprised that your professors will often be cited in your textbooks! You are also paying for research in each subject so once again I highly recommend getting involved! Housing is also included in their estimate which is a fair amount for the quality of the room. But their are many other less expensive options for housing if you want to explore those as well!

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is more than just a good school with a strong emphasis on research. It is a place to have fun and enjoy many life experiences. Nothing quite compares to doing the Jump Around after the third quarter of a Badger Game in a sea of red and white (try not to lose your balance!!) There are numerous activities to get involved in and plenty of opportunities to meet new people. There are also plenty of free events at Memorial Union to attend if you are unfortunate enough not to get tickets to the numerous Badger athletic events. It pretty much can be anything you want it to be. If you want to spend your time droning at College Library, fine. But it's not all about doing homework. There is balance that must be had and the University of Wisconsin recognizes this. I love it here!

    Am learning a lot

    I went into the University of Wisconsin overtly confident that I was going to breeze through and be on my way to UCLA medical school. This university has challenged me more than I ever would have expected. Almost in every major offered Madison recognized as one of the top programs in the country. Still overconfident? UW offers many honors programs. For example, I am currently enrolled in the Biology Core Curriculum program, a four semester researched based advanced biology program. It gives you opportunities to work one on one with professors, a rarity at most large schools. Programs like these are offered throughout each major. If you are finding yourself having troubles, there are many people available to help you. Professors are all required to have open office hours and will usually meet with you outside of them if you ask. Graduate TAs are often excellent resources as well. Also, most libraries have tutoring programs in a variety of subjects. If you are interested in getting more involved in your learning, join a research lab! Each program conducts research and many welcome undergrads. It is a great way to get to know leading researchers in the field and looks great on a resume. Much tuition goes toward research so I highly recommend getting involved!

  • 07/12/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, punctual, and energetic students will go above and beyond at this university. Keeping the balance between work and play will help any student succeed at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any prospective students must understand that time allocation is key to succeeding in college. Free time seems to creep up every day, but while attending Madison some of that extra time should be focused for studying.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices for Wisconsin residents are very generous considering the education students are receiving. I don't mind paying money towards something that will, in the long run, help me succeed throughout my life.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have been on campus numerous times throughout the past seven years, and I love it! It is a large school, but at the same time it feels at home. Everything a student needs is within walking distance. The Madison atmosphere is awesome, lively, and very outgoing. There is something for everyone here and I can't wait to be an official part of it.

    Will learn a lot

    The University of Wisconsin Madison is known to be a challenging college, and anyone attending is already well aware of this. I am looking forward to working hard and earning a degree at one of the most well respected colleges in the nation.

  • 01/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Wisconsin - Madison is great for students seeking freedom, in all forms imaginable. It would be great for students that don't mind attending a large University. However, it is as large as you make it. A University of 40,000 students may seem overwhelming at first, but I have yet to get lost in the masses. You can always narrow it down. For example, I am a German major. I personally know the German Department Advisor and have several students from previous classes in my class. This is true for other departments as well. You are NOT a number, you are NOT just another tuition check.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus. If you fall in love with it like I did, stop looking for other colleges. This is it.

    Bang for the buck

    UW - Madison may be a bit expensive, but I can definitely see where my tuition money goes. It is such an active campus with endless possibilities. The only thing I would recommend is not living in the dorms if you are really pinched for money. They are a lot more expensive than most of the other properties on and around campus. I am planning on getting an apartment with some friends of mine next year, and am already looking forward to the excess money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is my perfect fit! I am exploring all of my new freedoms and responsibilities. I have my pick of thousands of interesting classes, any shopping and eating venues that I could possibly want are within a ten minute walk, and there is never a dull night.

    Am learning a lot

    Having just completed my freshman year, I have mainly taken prerequisite classes. I knew some of the material already, but altogether have learned a great deal. The classes are thought provoking and challenging, in a good way.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Madison Campus Safety Division takes EXTRA steps to ensure that all their students are safe. From the Safe-Ride cab to the Safe-Walk, Madison offers services to their students that allows them to be protected at all times during their stay there on campus

    Greek Life

    Greek life is out there. You will hear about them from the moment you get on campus to the minute you step off campus. Not to mention the countless weekends their Houses will be mentioned by your peers. Greek life is a good place to get involved if you seek a close family-like relationship with your peers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Memorial Union and the College Library are two places you MUST visit at least once a semester. There is more to do there than simply a place to study. Memorial Union makes huge efforts to entertain their students. With huge parties on the terrace, movie nights, and the prized Babcock Ice Cream you just can't lose.

    Bang for the buck

    The Madison experience is worth the Madison price. You aren't just making a payment to the university, you are making an investment on your future. The Madison name, the Madison Experience, and the Madison Education is something you can hold forever that many will be aspired by.

    What to do for fun

    Madison is as fun as you make it. From the moment you wake up, to the exciting night life, you just have to go out and experience it. Try everything! You won't regret it.

    Food and Dining

    Like they say, What looks good isn't always good for you. The food is delicious. It will keep you coming back, but the nutritional value for most food, other than salad, isn't to nice.

    Dorm Life

    It's exciting, it's fun, and it's something to experience. Never will you get the experience to walk through a hallway and socialize with every person possible. A conversation is waiting with every step you take in a dorm hall. Make sure you build a good relationship with your roommate. That's a relationship that will last for life.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the university depends on the course load. 13-15 credits is my recommendation for an incoming freshman, and be sure to be completely prepared with a plan for the next four years. Your classroom experience will be a lot more difficult if you don't have a stable plan.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect greatness. Your classes will be hard, but living on your own will be harder. Madison is a great town with plenty of people to befriend. Network as much as possible

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a university prized for its small town feel with a huge social experience. Never is there a dull moment on campus. Your academics and extra curricular activities will be memories you'll never forget.

  • 08/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I would say Madison is great for pretty much everyone. Although there are dorms in a more suburban area, at times you can still feel like you are in a large city. So if big cities, large crowds, and an active nightlife is something you don't like, then maybe Madison isn't for you. But if you are looking for a place to find yourself, awesome friends, and a great education, Madison is the place to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard. Partying is a very large part of Madison life. And there are also a lot of people that do not. Like I said. Madison offers something for everyone. Just be smart about your decisions and learn how to balance being a good student along with having a good time. Because this is your future, and you don't want to ruin it right off the bat.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is very expensive. And because people want to go there, they offer very few scholarships to people. So you are going to have to take out loans at least sometime during your college experience. I feel like tuition is very affordable. But housing I feel is grossly over-priced. $8,000 to live in the dorms is expensive. $2,000 of that goes into the food services but yet you still have to pay for everything that you eat. I don't get it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is the perfect place to find whatever it is you're looking for. Madison is home to over 40,000 students who have a variety of interests and there is something for everyone. There are so many clubs, organizations, sports, and activities. But because there is so much, you often have to go looking for what interests you.

    Am learning a lot

    With the classes I am taking I do feel like I am learning a lot. Classes vary greatly depending on the professor that you get. With UW Madison and the large student population, it is sometimes very hard to get the classes that you want. So while you probably will learn a lot, it might at times not be something that you need. Also, with a lot of the classes, material is taught very fast so unless the student has a lot of initiative to review on their own, you may learn less than others.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is great for student who are dedicated to studying, but still want to have fun. A good sense of balance between work and play is needed to succeed. Overall, the atmosphere is positive, and the University has everything you need to reach your goals, as long as you are willing to work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you tour the campus first, and sit in on some classes. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison you will be walking, everyday, regardless of the horrible Wisconsin weather. Make sure you are prepared, so that this doesn't cause you to skip class. When sitting in on some lectures in Madison, make sure you try to take notes, even though you wont actually be tested on the material. The sooner you understand how to take notes and study, the easier the college transition will be. Lastly, make sure you get involved. One of the best part of the enormity of the student body is that every kind of person is represented. Join an organization and meet people with the same interests as you. College will be an easier and more enjoyable transition once you have met a lot of people.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion, the University is reasonably priced, especially if you can get in state tuition. Minnesota residents are also given in state tuition, so this is a good place to check out if you're from Minnesota as well. As for getting the most bang for your buck, make sure you take advantage of everything you can get with your tuition money. For example, all students are entitled to a free bus pass for the Madison Metro bus system. These buses can take you to the mall, grocery store, or even some of your classes, free of charge. The University Health Services also offers free check ups and some immunizations, that can really help save you money. Although housing in Madison is steeply priced to begin with, deals can be found through the local leasing agencies on apartments and houses. I recommend living in the dorm your freshman year, which is a little pricey but well worth the experience. However, after that you can get more affordable housing if you search hard enough.

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is an awesome city to live in. There is something for everyone, no matter what you like to do in your spare time. If you're more into the party scene, the southwest dorms are a great way to meet people your freshman year, and are centered right in the heart of campus. If you'd rather have a more laid back residence, the lakeshore dorms provide beautiful scenery and the lakeshore trail for walking and running. The campus also offers many things to do. There are free movies at the union, game nights in the dorms, and american idol-like competitions to take part in. Another perk is that State Street and many other places to hang out are within walking distance from campus. Having a car is not necessary, and to be blunt, designated drivers are not needed, making the party scene safer for students.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has multiple courses for anything your looking to learn. From Badminton to Molecular Biology, there are classes for everyone. However, this college is definitely only for the serious student. Large class sizes make some lectures difficult to follow. This is made up for by recitation sessions, where students meet with a teaching assistant to go over material covered in lecture. The hardest thing about the transition to college is learning how to study. If you can understand this, I can guarantee you will learn a lot. Listen to your teaching assistants. They have been there a while and have gone through the same kind of transition. Its their job to help you. If you take advantage of the resources available to you, you will have no trouble learning and enjoying the course material.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in politics, students who want to work hard, and students who love sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, get your housing in on time, and visit the school! Once you're on this campus, you won't want to be anywhere else.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is expensive, no doubt, but it is well worth it. You get a phenomenal education and will walk out with a worthwhile degree. What UW offers is well worth the price, and if you work hard enough and do well enough, you will get more aid and money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is absolutely beautiful and there is always something to do. Making new friends and meeting new people can be really intimidating at first, but once you get involved and start talking to people in your dorm, you find people that you click with.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot through my classes-all of which I enjoy. I am also learning a lot about myself, about other people, and about the world. UW-Madison is a place where you will, undoubtedly, get a great education both in the class and out.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Madison has a rather large campus, and it's in the heart of the city. There is a number you can call for a safe walk or ride back to your dorm. You can call the police at any time if you feel unsafe, and there are emergency buttons around campus you can press that call the cops to that location within minutes. I personally haven't had any issues (I have walked across campus back to my dorm at midnight without trouble) although it is a little scary. On the other hand, a lot of problems come from binge drinking, which may result in alcohol poisoning or rape. So I guess as long as you act responsibly, you'll be okay.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved in Greek Life or know much about it. For the most part, I think Greek Life on Madison is very satisfactory and popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 350 student organizations at Madison, it's easy to find the one(s) that is right for you!

    Great for these types of students

    All students. You've gotta have an open mind though because there are so many types of people on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of people jump into Lake Mendota... When we won the game allowing us to go to the Rose Bowl, a bunch of students jumped into Lake Mendota, despite the freezing temperature.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is extremely expensive. Though it is a very nice school and campus, I dislike paying so much for housing and tuition along with books.

    What to do for fun

    There is SO MUCH to do for fun! For example... See a musical performance, go eat (or people watch) on State Street, go to one of over 30 libraries on campus, jump into Lake Mendota, kayak, bike, go for a run, play sports, use the rock climbing wall in Union South, walk through the beautiful Centennial Gardens, order famous Mac&Cheese Pizza from Ian's Pizza, sit and chat with friends on the Memorial Union terrace, try a fish taco, go shopping at the West Towne Shopping Mall, visit Eagle Heights, go lazer tagging, sit on Bascom Hill [and sleep]... and so much more!!!

    Food and Dining

    There is at least one cafeteria building near the dorms. The food is decent. If you aren't feeling the cafeteria kind of food, there are countless restaurants on State Street or scattered throughout Madison's campus that you can eat from!

    Dorm Life

    All in all, I've heard very good things about dorm life. For the most part, it is a positive experience. I have heard of problems in the Southeast dorms though because they are known as the 24/7 party dorms and people do weird, annoying, and/or disgusting things sometimes...

    Academic Rigor

    Madison is one of the top schools in the nation. So, it has a more demanding course than many other colleges in Wisconsin.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest living on Lakeshore, unless you're a hardcore party animal. Get to know the bus systems - especially the free ones. Go to Union South to get a free bus pass. SIGN UP FOR SEASON FOOTBALL TICKETS! (I suggest you have at least 2 computers during that endeavor as well) Don't stress yourself out too much because classes are difficult. Be outgoing and make new friends. Keep an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Madison is probably one of the most diverse colleges in the state of Wisconsin. Here, I have met a variety of people from all sorts of different backgrounds and have been introduced to a multitude of experiences. All in all, there's no place like Madison.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Free cab rides (several) SafeWalk escort service Very friendly campus police force, there for the students.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved, not interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    This year I focused on academics, so I didn't engage much in structured activities, but they are numerous and attractive.

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, socially conscious, willing to tackle the challenge of finding your way around a larger venue and not find that to be aggravating. Those who love the seasons and are sturdy in the snow! Those who love being on a natural lake and enjoy outdoor pursuits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Babcock ice cream manufactured right on campus, fresh daily. MMM!

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is a bummer and they don't reciprocate with any state other than Minnesota.

    Food and Dining

    Can't beat Saturday morning at the largest farmers market in the nation, a few blocks from campus. Fresh food, huge affordable flower bouquets, and the crowning jewel: Wisconsin cheesy bread fresh from the oven! Also many ethnic options virtually on the campus

    Dorm Life

    Active involved RA, sometimes a little camp leaderish but appreciated nonetheless. I knew she was there and cared, even when I didn't want to participate in funsy things The old dorms are being gradually replaced and the new facilities respond to the concerns about space, bathrooms, quiet etc.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged, my interest sustained, and I have gotten the support I needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a place to study and identify that as your workplace early in the year. (You can always relocate.) For me, it was a great library with good light and views of the lake, quiet atmosphere, surrounded by serious students who spurred my best intentions. 2. Schedule in down time first or you will take off at the absolutely worst time!! Balance is crucial, and you'll never feel done with academic work, you could always do more.

    In three sentences

    This University has lived up to my high expectations in teacher access, positive atmosphere among students, and demanding curriculum in my field.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SAFE walk is a huge part of campus, allowing students to call SAFE walkers to come and walk them across campus to where they want to go without having to walk alone. There are also free SAFE ride bus routes that run throughout campus and neighboring areas off campus for students to get home safely if they need.

    Greek Life

    There are different groups for all different types of students, from agriculture to chemistry and more. Many of the groups do a lot of charity events and such and throw a lot of fun parties and events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs out there for every single major, and orientation makes it easy to get involved, allowing incoming freshman to put their names on e-mail lists of potential clubs that students are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students looking for a good time as well as students who want to receive a great education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's tradition for freshman to walk up Bascom Hill and rub Abraham Lincoln's foot. When students graduate, they get to climb up on his lap for a picture. It is said that if you don't rub his foot, you will not succeed and will have bad luck at the university.

    Bang for the buck

    UW-Madison is one of the cheepest universities in the Big 10 but offers one of the best educations around.

    What to do for fun

    State street has a lot of restaurants that students can enjoy that are decently priced, and the two unions offer weekly concerts and movies for free. Lower Sett in Union South also offers rock climbing, bowling, and other fun games for students to relax from classes. And of course, there are always parties to go to and have fun at.

    Food and Dining

    While there are a lot of options, much of the food gets repetitive and boring after a few months. Markets and stores on and near campus help greatly with getting groceries or necessities to survive eating in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are decently sized for dorm rooms, and there are plenty of choices for where to live, having dorms spread throughout all of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    While classes are challenging, TA's and professors are almost always available at some point to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get help when needed. Coursework can very easily become overwhelming and there are a lot of challenging courses, but there's plenty of help out there. Get out and join a club or something that interests you; you'll have a lot more fun on campus and meet a lot of new people.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a beautiful campus, and even though buildings are slightly more spread apart, getting to and from buildings is not that difficult. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and chances to meet new people or do things that interest everyone. Overall, it is a nice place to live and go to school.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 208

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    What to do for fun

    Parties and big Mendota Lake!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about your intended major and get prepared before you come!

    In three sentences

    It is a really beautiful school for me! The people in Wisconsin is so nice, especially the faculties. I really enjoy life here!

  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    Madison is great for almost anyone; it is such a diverse place that everyone can find their niche. If you don't want to deal with cold weather, walk everywhere, work for your grade, or have fun, then you shouldn't go to Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.Although the dorms are expensive, live in them your first year on campus. They help connect you to so many students. If you like a very social atmosphere, live in the Southeast dorms. If you like peace and quiet, live in Lakeshore. 2.Do work. It isn't easy to get good grades here. 3.Come into college with AP credits. It will allow you to choose classes sooner, and it will prepare you for exams. 4. Get involved with a student org. 5.Get a good pair of shoes. You will walk everywhere. 6. Read the Badger Herald on Wednesdays.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison gives Ivy League education at the price of a state school. Tuition, housing, and food costs about $20,000 per year if you live in the dorms. The dorms are $3,000 per semester, but most apartments on campus are much cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was disappointed that I only got into Madison, but I love it here, and I don't ever want to leave. The social environment in the dorms is great. There is always something going on campus, and there is a variety of student organizations for everyone. You will not be bored. Everything I need is pretty much located within 1 mile. Madison has a great bus system and biker friendly streets if you don't like walking. Dorm food is good and there is plenty of cheap restaurants on campus. Madison is also very safe.

    Am learning a lot

    Madison prides itself in having difficult courses. Most professors try to write exams that have an average score of about 60-70%, and they succeed. The exams sometimes force students to take knowledge learned in class one step further. Classes at Madison also move at a faster pace than other UW schools. In the end, you decide how much you learn by choosing to attend class and study, which you need to do to succeed at Madison.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    The great thing about Madison is that there is something for everyone. However my one warning would be that if you do handle cold well than this probably not the school for you. The large campus requires a good amount of travel to get from class to class and Wisconsin winters can be brutal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early. Find activities and clubs that interest you and join them. The are over 200 student orgs here and something for everyone!! Also live in the dorms you're first year. Yeah the rooms are small and you share a bathroom, but the experience makes it all worthwhile. I served as an RA for 2 years and I saw countless long lasting friendships formed amongst my residents. Lastly, VOLUNTEER!! Volunteer activities are everywhere on campus and they look great when applying to programs and graduate schools and of course, scholarships.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes Madison is more expensive than the other UW state schools and is significantly even more expensive for out-of-state students, but the atmosphere and multitude of activities for students makes it all worthwhile. Plus you will be pushed to further your learning by those around you and upon graduation you will have a degree from one of the country's truly world-class universities!

    Am enjoying being here

    HOW COULD I NOT!!! Badger football games in the student section are one of a kind (although not always child-friendly). Plus the my floormates in my dorm are awesome. From forming a human dragon to weekly movie nights, we are inseparable. Plus I don't know if you heard of the Battle of Bascom, but if you have not YOUTUBE it!! A 3,000 person snowball fight equals awesome. Plus Madison has a beautiful and relaxing campus sitting on a lake.

    Academic Rigor

    Madison has a world-class faculty full of brilliant and interesting (my chemistry professor was in the 1992 Olympics) instructors. Also my first semester instructors were very open about providing help and keeping their office hours to explain any questions. Because it is a very intelligent and motivated student body, students push each other to learn.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    I think that anyone who wants to learn a lot and take advantage of some incredible opportunities should come to this school. The campus is big, but it is easy to make the campus seem smaller if you join clubs. It's a wonderful place and I can't say enough about it!

    Tips for prospective students

    --GET INVOLVED!!! I know that tons of people are going to tell you this, but its true! Find a club that sounds cool and join it. --I would recommend living in a learning community. It makes campus seem smaller and you get to go on some cool trips. --Get help as soon as you are struggling. It was really hard for me to admit that I needed help in a class because I never needed it in high school. It's important to realize that professors, TA's, and tutors are there to help you!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for this school is pretty high, especially if you're an out of state student; however, I think it is worth every penny. There are too many positive things about this school to list, and their financial aid department offers tons of different scholarships and other ways to help pay for school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I adore Madison! I've met some really great people and have gotten the opportunity to participate in two things I love: ultimate frisbee and scientific research. There really is a club for everyone at this school, so I recommend going to a bunch of start- up meetings clubs and finding something that interests you!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at this university are challenging, but the professors are wonderful and willing to help students. The university offers countless of interesting and unique classes, and I would strongly urge that you take classes that sound fascinating. If you take classes because you WANT to take them, you'll get more out of the class than if you only took it to satisfy a requirement.

  • 01/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    those that are pre-med; those NOT majoring in music or drama; NOT for those that won't study

    Tips for prospective students

    I would get involved with the honors program because the class sizes are smaller, the advisors are always willing to help, there are more opportunities,and you can get scholarship. Also, try to read the textbook, GO TO CLASS, study before exams, and ask for help when you are behind.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not very expensive especially if you live in Minnesota or WI.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here because the professors are so nice and they really help you to get involved in class so that you learn a lot. Plus what I love most is that you can research a topic of your choice and either get money or credits AND you can study abroad inexpensively at universities in many different countries. On the weekends there is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a wide variety of classes so you broaden your knowledge of many topics. Additionally, the classes in your major go into good detail about the topic so you learn a lot of interesting things.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    Academic Involved in extracurricular activities Social (it's a big campus)

    Tips for prospective students

    Send in your application early! Madison has a rolling deadline so the earlier you apply, the earlier you'll receive their decision.

    Bang for the buck

    The education and experience combined makes UW Madison worth every penny. There is really nothing left lacking.

    Will enjoy being here

    UW Madison hosts students from around the world and is stationed in a city which harbors tons of cultural and social opportunities. A student can literally do anything. You can see the campus or take a nature walk, go to the gym or go shopping on State St. It's all here.

    Will learn a lot

    Even though UW Madison is a public school, the quality of education rivals even the best of private schools. In addition to its stellar academic program, UW Madison offers numerous research programs for students; you can even find a job in research as an undergraduate! There are so many opportunities to learn about so many different things. It is truly a campus for the developing mind.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are have a strong desire to pursue research should consider the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a highly-ranked research institution, there are many opportunities available to be involved in ground-breaking research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus more than once if you can. The campus is really large, but after spending a few days at it, you will soon find that it is sizable. The courses are difficult, and many students do not do well in their first semester as they adjust to a more independent living situation. You must be ready for this adjustment and actively participate in making your education the best it can be. Madison provides many educational resources, but it is up to you to take advantage of them.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is expensive, but they provide an enormous amount of resources for their students. If you have the money and can flourish independently, Madison is a wonderful deal. However, some of the smaller Wisconsin colleges are also very good and much cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city of Madison is a wonderful place for college students. Transportation is always available, and there are many opportunities for social engagement. The campus also creates a smaller community in the enormousness of the city.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a wonderful institution. It provides all of its students with an abundance of resources for gaining an understanding of the world through multiple perspectives. In my first semester, I acquired more knowledge than in my entire high school career. All of the faculty at the university want to assist students, and those who take advantage of the resources provided will succeed.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 208

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    Campus Safety

    The safe walk program is great, people walk you to and from places at night. Also, buses run pretty late so you can avoid walking home at night. And in general it is a safe campus without any negative activity for the most part.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of greek life but my roommate is. And everyone in it tells me the experience is great: it gets intense but you meet so many amazing people and the feeling of having a sort of family is great.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone. UW-Madison has a fair at the Kohl Center that displays all clubs, sororities,, fraternities, etc and it's a HUGE event that is nice to go to so you can sign up for clubs and get info emailed to you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A well known tradition that UW-Madison is famous for is the Jump Around before the third and fourth quarters of the badger football games. It is truly something that every badger should experience at least once. Another tradition is eating cheese curds. An unusual event also is the freakfest on state street. It is such a big, campus wide event that occupies all of state street and people come in costumes and it's just great. It's on a grand scale. Another unusual tradition is graduating law students toss white canes over the goalpost at Homecoming. Legend is that if they catch the canes on the other side, they'll win their first case.

    Bang for the buck

    Education here is great, the teachers really teach for the most part. Also, the school is ranked pretty high up so you are guaranteed some prestige. Also, it's such a beautiful campus with so many resources that it's so fun going here. And we are going to the Rose Bowl this year: GO BADGERS.

    What to do for fun

    There is much to do for fun. Dorms have events going on, like movie nights, trips to a laser-tag place for very cheap, trips to Chicago for very cheap, singing groups performing, and of course PARTYING! Also, a lot of singers and bands have concerts here in Madison so there's always something to do. If anything, hanging with the people in the dorm is always fun.

    Food and Dining

    To be honest, at first it may seem amazing to be able to get pizza and pasta and all that everyday. However, I found myself sick of dorm food before the semester even ended. I just missed my home-cooked meals and variety I had back home. You realize after a while that there really isn't much variety in dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is pretty fun. You really do make friends with people you'll spend the rest of the year going on ice cream runs with, doing homework together, etc. And the residence committees try hard and successfully engage students in fun, free events with free food and games. It definitely isn't boring, and people are always willing to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes hear are for the most part pretty serious. What I mean by that is that there's a lot of material that you shouldn't put off thinking that you'll catch up later. If you pay attention and do homework, you are definitely getting an A. Tests can be pretty hard, but again a lot of classes have great curves. So just give it your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. If you aren't used to temperatures below 50 degrees, get ready to face the cold of wisconsin! 2. USE YOUR RESOURCES- there is help everywhere for every subject, and it makes a difference, especially between an A and AB. 3. Sit in the front of the class, especially if it's a huge lecture hall, because you can hear the professor better and when it comes time to leave, the back of the room starts packing up very loudly so you can't finish hearing the entire lecture. 4. Go to your professor's office hours! It shows the professor you actually care, and when giving you a grade they will try to make it so that you can get the highest grade for your performance.

    In three sentences

    This campus is beautiful as well as really great at providing quality education. Students here are very welcoming, and there is a lot of school pride. There's always something to do and it's always safe to be who you are.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 208

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    Campus Safety

    It maybe a little scary be a girl walking back from the library at 2 in the morning alone but there are great campus resources like safewalk.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options you will find the club perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to Football games. You won't regret it.

    What to do for fun

    Unless you are bringing your car to college you are somewhat restricted on the activities you can do but there are tons of fun things to do around campus. Get to know the bus system and the opportunities open up. Most people will say for fun you could go to a party, which is true but the city of Madison has so much more to offer. There are movie theaters in the Unions, there are a few museums close by, the lake is great in the summer, there is a bowling alley with rock climbing in Union south. Many great authors, poets, and artists come to speak on campus. Last year President Obama came twice and even the Dalai Lama came to speak. The Capitol is a short walk from campus and during the warm months the farmers market takes over Capitol Square. If you are still looking for something to do then join one of the many great student clubs, orgs, or even Greek life. I joined Cheerleading and it was one of the best choices I made. I got to continue something I loved in high school and I met so many new people in the club.

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to the dining halls. . . you get what you pay for. My freshman year in the dorms was the first year the new Gordons Dining and Event Center opened and it was so convenient being right across the street from my dorm. The food at first seems great but after awhile you get sick of the same options everyday. There is only so much quality that can go into food made to feed 4,000 students three times a day. Also beware. . . the freshman 15 is a real thing. . . a very scary real thing. There are healthier options but they do tend to be a little more expensive. If you are willing to spend some extra cash there are so many great restaurants all around campus, especially on State Street.

    Dorm Life

    First off, dorm life is a right of passage. It is the epitome of the college experience. Everyone that I know who chose a different route regrets it. Living in the dorms can be stressful and annoying sometimes but it is one of the best life experiences you will ever have. The people you meet are amazing and yes there are those people that you will just not get along with (hopefully it is not your roommate) but these people will be the friend you have for a lifetime. I had the lovely opportunity of not only living in the most documented dorm but also on the most documented floor so dorm life was never dull or boring. Partying and drinking happens a lot. Thursday night through Saturday night is filled with loud music, drunk students stumbling down the halls, and occasionally puke in front of the elevators. Even though a lot of partying goes on it will surprise you how studious people can really be, but then again we do go to Madison and it is pretty hard. If the dorms get to loud for you there are so many great campus building that are perfect for studying: the SAC (student activity center), the libraries, the unions, and even non-campus buildings life a coffee shop on State Street. You will find one building that becomes your study spot. Now I lived in a party dorm so I cannoÂ?t speak for the experience in Lakeshore. Those dorms are known as more studious and no one really parties but I can guarantee that drinking still does occur just not to the same extent as Southeast. Now my dorm was older and the rooms were small but I would not trade it in a million years for one of the newer luxurious dorms. I am going to miss living in the dorms because when else will you be able to live on a floor with 72 of your closets friends? But I am so excited for my first apartment. Living in the dorms is a humbling experience and makes you appreciate everything a little bit more, like a bigger bed, a bigger closet, privacy, not wearing shoes in the shower. I loved dorm life but I cannot speak for everyone, I know some people absolutely hate it. You just have to make that decision for yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Before you even start your classes you will have to do homework, and that homework is researching courses and professors. You could have the same course as someone else but the professor can make all the difference. Make sure you use you professors along with your TAs and fellow classmates because they will be your best resources for success. Coming from a top high school and having a great ACT/SAT score with a high GPA I was a little shocked at how hard Madison actually was. I came in thinking it is just some state school with a party reputation and I would pass by with flying colors but then reality hit. I failed my first midterm and eventually had to drop the class. This opened my eyes and I saw that I needed to change the way I was studying and planning my days. It is important to have fun and relax but Madison is a hard school and studying comes along with that.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about coming to UW-Madison then DO IT. This university will offer you everything you need to succeed. If you are having doubts then just come visit and see if it is the right fit for you. Madison may seem like a fun party school but remember it is nationally ranked, so studying comes along with the partying.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin Madison was not my first choice, in fact it was my last choice but I am glad I came here because I have grown to love it. It provides a student with everything, good academics, great sports, fun parties, and so much more. Madison has become a part of me and provided me with so much, the atmosphere, the people, the city, and the opportunities will not disappoint you.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 208

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    Campus Safety

    When you take your tour, they explain the various types of campus security at Madison (free midnight shuttle busses, 24/7 escort service, speedy campus security, text alerts for emergencies/school cancelations, etc.).

    Greek Life

    Pleeeeennntyyyy of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many, you'll freak. But don't be overwhelmed, it just means that you'll find your perfect little niche.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students!

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is widely regarded as the Berkley of the Midwest. The thing is, it only costs half as much as UC-Berkley.... and it's twice as fun.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. There are 2 lakes on either side of campus, beaches, the gorgeous lakeshore trail, the capital building, State Street, Bascom Hill (look it up), bike rides, football games and other sporting events, and of course the Madison parties (like no other, baby!). All that plus innumerable extracurricular clubs. Oh, and classes, if those are fun for you...

    Food and Dining

    It all depends on what dorm you're in. I've heard many different things, but not too many bad ones.

    Dorm Life

    UW-Madison has something for everyone and that's what makes it so great. There are the Lakeshore Dorms, which tend to be quieter, more tranquil places...escapes from the hustle and bustle of the capital city, if you will. But there is also the Southeast Neighborhood, where all the social gatherings take place. This is where you'll want to go to have some good Mad-town fun. Whether you want to live in the heart of it, or live just over the hill from it is entirely up to you.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what classes you sign up forâ??but be careful; if you want to graduate in 4 years, it takes careful planning and foresight.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply ASAP! Seriously, don't wait an extra second. Get your application done as fast as you can (without compromising the quality, of course) and send it in as soon as you are finished. They don't say this, but Madison has a rolling review and admission. That means that if you're last in the pile, you're last to be reviewed and there are fewer spots available (i.e. the later you apply, the harder it is to get in). It's hard enough already, so make it easy on yourself and apply in earnest.

    In three sentences

    I simply cannot wait to move in. Granted, most soon-to-be Freshmen feel this way no matter where they are going, but there is an especially palpable excitement among all my friends who are moving to Madison with me this Fall. It's going to be a great year!

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 208

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe as a young woman on campus. We have buses that run until pretty late into the early morning, so you don't have to walk alone late at night. We also have a program called Safe Walk, so if you don't want to walk on your own, two students will walk with you home. But I've never felt like I was in danger walking alone at night. There's usually police out, especially on weekends.

    Greek Life

    I'm personally not involved in Greek life, but I think we have a pretty big Greek community. A lot of my friends are involved and seem to love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs that you can be involved in. Everything from academic clubs, frats and sororities to the Cheese Tasting Club. If there's something you're passionate about but there's no club for, you can easily start your own club. Definitely get involved - you meet so many people that way.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven, bright students who also want to have a great time outside of classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When students graduate, a lot of them will climb up Bascom Hill and sit on Abe Lincoln's lap for a graduation picture.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, I think the education I'm getting here is definitely worth the money. Wisconsin is a public ivy and is definitely comparable to any of the private ivys that you have to pay more than an additional $35K a year for. As an actuarial science major, Wisconsin had the best program for the price. I'm also paying for my own education, so price was a huge factor. You will definitely get more than what you pay for here.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events - I live right outside Camp Randall and it's always a blast on game days . I personally love hockey, and men's hockey games are always exciting. If you're not into sports, join some clubs and meet some new people. A lot of my closest friends are in the same clubs as me. On Saturday mornings, the Farmer's Market around the Capital Square is a must-go. So many delicious foods and interesting vendors to see. Go running up to Picnic Point on a nice day - the view is incredible, especially at sunset or sunrise. And don't forget the Memorial Union Terrace - our trademark union chairs and beer are student favorites.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is pretty good, but make sure you pay attention to calories because the freshman 15 is a real thing. There are many dining halls around campus, and the newly renovated Gordon Commons is pretty nice. The best part about this campus is State St. There are so many places I have yet to try, but the plethora of ethnic food places around campus is amazing. You can try foods of all different countries and never be bored. My personal favorites are Rising Son, Sushi Muramoto, and Tutto Pasta.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my freshman year and would do it again if I had to redo things. It's a great experience to live with people you never knew, especially when you're new to campus. You'll meet some of your best friends, and integrating yourself in an environment with people of all different backgrounds and majors really opens up your mind. There's two main bodies of dorms - southeast and lakeshore. Southeast tends to be more centrally located on campus, but lakeshore boasts great lake views. I lived in one of the lakeshore dorms and definitely enjoyed the lake breeze and nice lake runs.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone here came here to get a good education. Use your peers as people to challenge you academically. It's nice to be surrounded by smart people who are equally driven to excel. Some classes will push you and make you spin your wheels, but there's always support groups available for you to use if you feel like you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a class in something you've never taken and just have an interest in. Join some clubs that you're passionate about. The people you meet and become friends with here are friends you'll have forever. Madison is truly a campus where students work hard and play hard. Everyone around you is here for a great education, but they also know how to have fun and that's what makes the University of Wisconsin such a great experience. So take your education seriously but make sure you venture out and do things you normally wouldn't.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is everything I wanted in a college. Not only does it excel academically, but the athletic program and hundreds of other clubs on campus ensure that you'll have something to do every week. On top of that, the beautiful city of Madison and the three lakes surrounding campus make Madison one of the prettiest college cities.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are so many campus police and safety options all around campus.

    Greek Life

    So many different sororities and fraternities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activities available for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! They have activities for any type of student whether you are social, shy, or flat out nerdy! :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freak Fest is amazing!!! Sledding down Bascom Hill in the winter is also a blast, and the snowball fight between Southeast and Lakeshore dorms is epic.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny, it's a bit expensive, but the financial aid office is generous and always willing to help.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many social groups, sororities, fraternities, and classes to keep you busy. Jobs are always available, and parties are around every corner.

    Food and Dining

    Gordon Dining hall has so many options, and if you don't like cafeteria food, there are restaurants all around campus.

    Dorm Life

    BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

    Academic Rigor

    It is extremely challenging, but that also helps students find out if they are truly cut out for their future careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not fall behind in classes, always do your readings, and do not forget that it is okay to get a bad grade every once in a while. As a Freshman, I allowed myself to get stressed out from classes when I really should have been focused on doing better.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is the best experience I have ever had in my life! The amount of both academic and social opportunities that are available is out of this world. Attending this university has changed my perspective on life and has challenged me to shoot for my true dreams.

  • 06/07/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student!

  • 08/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 208

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, driven, self motivated, social, and outgoing.

    Tips for prospective students

    For getting in: be a well rounded student and do a lot of extracurricular activities, as well as take as many advanced classes as possible--do the work before it REALLY counts. Once you are in: Stay on top of your school work! It is really easy to fall behind. Get involved in something outside of class--it will break your days up. Be vocal in class, make yourself known Sit up front---it keeps you from falling asleep

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, we are the most expensive UW school, however, you get way more for what you are paying for. We have one of the cleanest campuses I have seen thus far, and it is constantly being updated and renovated. We have amazing teachers and people who are experts in their fields. Some of these teachers have won Nobel prizes! We have a brand new health center and almost all of your appointments or labs are covered if you ever need it. We also have like 300 student organizations that receive money from the campus, meaning, if there is a sport/club you want to join, there is one. For instance we have a water ski team, a sky diving team, and a fishing team-awesome, really what other school can say that?

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is also known for its heavy partying, social events, and Big 10 sports. Those are all correct. However, just because they are on campus does not mean you have to participate which is the beauty of it. For those of you who have school spirit, you are going to love football games. Pay attention to sign up dates for tickets or you are going to pay a lot for them!

    Am learning a lot

    Madison has an impressive reputation for its academics and I can say I agree almost wholeheartedly. The only problem with some classes, specifically science related ones, is that there are a few professors that are here solely for research and teach only because they have to which makes the class uninteresting and repetitive. However, there is a major for everyone on campus, and for that I know we are incredibly lucky. There are also a ton of classes that are purely for enjoyment, and I recommend taking one of those at least once a semester just to break up your schedule.

  • 12/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit campus! Check out State Street (a shopping and eating pedestrian mall extending from campus to the Capitol building), visit the Memorial Union to sit on the terrace and enjoy some UW-made Babcock ice cream! Sit on Abraham Lincoln's lap at the top of Bascom Hill for a photo op and talk to some great UW students!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going up with the recession, but as a public university in-state tuition is reasonable. Need-based scholarships are available, but merit-based ones are sometimes few and far between. But, in exchange for your money you'll be getting one of the best educations available--the UW is sometimes reerred to as a public Ivy League school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Life on campus is fantastic! The school is situated in Madison, which is not only the capital of Wisconsin, but also a great cultural center! There are always great concerts, art shows, speakers, and the farmer's market is a don't-miss weekly event. The university brings in great events as well--everyone from the Dalai Lama to Richard Dawkins to Ludacris. Though it's a big university (30,000+), you never feel lost in the crowd. There are lots of clubs and organizations to help you find a niche or two or ten! And let's be honest, the UW football experience can't be beat!

    Am learning a lot

    It pays to go to a respected research university. The professors in all departments are fantastic and include award-winners and leading experts in their fields. There are classes covering all majors and interests. Classes are challenging, but always thought-provoking and every professor and TA has office hours to help explain, clarify, help or just chat!

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love the winter, are fond of big crowds, parties, and lean more to the left (politically, speaking), then the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    With over 30,000 students, it is really easy to get lost in the crowd. Therefore, it's probably in your best interest to associate yourself with a club, organization, or sorority/fraternity, so that the large campus seems less daunting.

    Bang for the buck

    There are quite a few activities that are offered at this campus, in addition to a high-quality academic program. However, for a public-university, the price-tag on this school is a little higher than comparable schools with similar programs.

    Did enjoy being here

    As a warm-weather-loving, traditionalist, military-brat, I was shocked by both the cold weather and the exceptionally liberal attitude employed by both the students and the professors. That being said, however, I managed to find my niche in smaller circles, such as the Model United Nations Club and the Catholic Church. If you can withstand the frigid winters, and enjoy a good party after a long week's work, then the University of WI-Madison is the place for you.

    Did learn a lot

    There are a vast amount of courses to select from: everything from African Storytelling to Zoology is offered. The professors are all experts in their fields and are willing to help you. The Teacher's Assistants (TAs) are also very helpful, and sometimes easier to talk to than professors, since they can be less intimidating. Expect the majority of your classes to be in a lecture-fashion, and don't be shocked to have classes with 300 to 500 other students. The class sizes typically get smaller, once you get into more selective or advanced courses. In addition to a wide variety of classes, students can also learn a lot from the wide selection of clubs to join, the free after class lectures from special guests, and other events on campus.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, Hard-working, Outgoing

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a challenge and are interested in any kind of research and don't mind the big city, this univeristy is for you.

    Bang for the buck

    A very respectable degree for a very low price compared to most universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    The big city and acitivities always happening on campus make a great atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes can be very fast paced but good grades can be achieved with some dedication. Classes really test your thinking ability and mind.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UW- Madison is great for everyone. Outgoing students will enjoy large classes, parties and the game-day atmosphere Madison is known for, while those who are more reserved will love the lesser-known student orgs and learning communities. There's something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Fabulous education + amazing city + top of the line research + graduate programs (which enhance the undergraduate ones) + public school = a really good deal! (especially in-state)

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is such an AMAZING place to live! The city and the students have so much to offer in the way of fun. You will not regret coming here; I am having the time of my life.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are the best in their field. If you are careful to do research on them, you can end up with mostly excellent professors that are- this is important- actually good at teaching. Try ratemyprofessors.com and older students.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    city slickers, knowledge hunters, party girls and boys but only if you live off campus, work-a-holics, bikers, Wal-Mart employees/transfers, specialty seekers, persons greatly interested in research and internship opportunties (loads of them offered!)...must have a high tolerance for crowds, annoying people, heavy accents (there are a lot of internationals here), crazy moped drivers, zippy bikers, and intense work loads

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider the costs of on-campus living as compared to off-campus living. It can be a lot cheaper plus you get more freedom. However, you do lose the social aspect of dorm living. Consider getting a job to assist in living expenses. Madison has a great bus system that will pretty much take you anywhere at anytime. Don't bring a car or moped unless you absolutely have. Bikes are great - there are miles of bike lanes everywhere to use. Madison like to celebrate (Freak Fest for Holloween, etc.) and has a lot to offer - make time to get active in Madison and on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out-of-state student from IL. The whole reason I came here was that it offered my major (Poultry Science). While the price is riduculous, I believe that going for the education is more important than the price tag. I live off campus in a studio apartment, allowing me to spend the same amount of money on r&b in the dorm as living by myself, plus I get more mobility and freedom. You get access to a lot of workshops, reduced rates, and a free unlimited bus pass if you qualify (worth a million times its weight in gold!).

    Am enjoying being here

    As a transfer coming from a small school, I thought that I would be able to handle going to a large university. The fact is, all of your classes, unless specific to your major (and even then, sometimes not), you are one of several hundred to several scores students the teachers have. In freshman and lower level courses, it felt more like they were trying to pass me instead of teaching me. I feel that the smaller, more specific classes where you can get to know your teacher and learn from them are the best ways to go through college - in all, loved the smaller classes, hated the large lectures halls, busy city, busy campus, and a lot of autonomy. If you like cities, then this is a great school. If you prefer a more personal, hand-on education, I suggest you switch your major to something VERY specific and focused so you can take those smaller courses.

    Am learning a lot

    One of the largest benefits in going to large campus is the vast diversity of knowledge. Literally, there is a library within a block of where ever you are, the teacher/professors are (almost always) competant and forewright in their understandings, and there is no limit to what you can learn or want to learn.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students who love to be social and outgoing. There is still a place for students who enjoy more peace and quiet and who may be more introverted. There are all walks of life here!

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is large with tons of students but it's not as overwhelming as it seems. I never got lost and students are helpful if you stop to ask where a room or building is. Don't feel intimidated by the size. There are plenty of ways to fit in between clubs, sports, involvement with dorms and housing, and many other things. Everyone wants to make new friends and meet new people. Classes can be large but they will usually have a smaller discussion so you can get your questions answered.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. There are lots of fun places to hang out from State Street to the Terrace to Bascom Hill. There's always an event or show going on and most things are cheap or free for students. Everyone is involved on campus and there are many activities for all interests with clubs and sports.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a variety of majors and classes offered here. Scheduling classes is a little challenging but it is doable if you stay organized and on top of what classes you need for your major. There is much to take if you are undecided to help you get a feel for different majors.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student that's dedicated/hard working and still wants to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    I know you've probably heard this a million times and ask yourself 'why is this a tip?' but go to class. It's crazy how many people don't; the day of my first midterm I came into the lecture hall and there was twice as many people there as usual class days. Go to a Badger Game. If you like football try getting tickets, but if you don't go to at least one game; it's an experience of a lifetime.

    Bang for the buck

    When I was looking for schools my friends would always say 'You're just paying for the name,' but that is completely wrong. Compared to other UW schools it doesn't actually cost that much more plus the little extra you do pay is worth it from the experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here so far. It has the best of both worlds. You can head over to Lakeshore and enjoy nature and the quiet, or you can head over to Southeast where it is definitely not quiet but there's always something going on.

    Am learning a lot

    Madison is a place where if you want to learn you will. The courses are pretty fast pace but the professors and TA's (at least in my experience) are always more than willing to help.

  • 12/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UW Madison is definitely a party school, so if you're interested in going to frat parties and drinking (legally, I hope) then this would be a good school for you. If you're not one of those people, don't start running yet! You won't be alone or lonely; there are tons of other people who aren't partiers (like me!) and the University offers many other extracurricular activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend living in the dorms for the first couple years. Even though they are expensive, and they have the stigma attached to them, it's the best way to meet people and will allow you to make lasting friendships.

    Bang for the buck

    While this is a top university, and has so many opportunities for learning, I would say that it is a bit overprices. Mind you, I am a college student fully financially independent from her parents, so I've had to take out loans to pay for college.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only do you learn a lot inside the classroom, but you will learn so much about yourself. The classes are interesting, varied, and (at times) difficult. With such a big campus, you'll meet a ton of people and get to try many new experiences as well.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Liberal, open-minded students who like new experiences and a diverse crowd. Environmentalist types will fit right in here; it's a very green city and campus. LGBT students, like myself, fit in perfectly here, and they make sure to go out of their way to make you feel accepted.

    Tips for prospective students

    For applying, write a good, meaningful essay. It does not have to be long; think quality over quantity. My essay was just a little under 2 pages. While you're here, make sure to be open to new experiences and willing to meet new people; believe me, you'll make friends easily. Take unusual, challenging classes and always make sure to work hard.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public school, the tuition is not bad. It is easy to get a job here, from my own experience, to cover smaller expenses.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have made some of the best friends I've ever had here. The locals are very, very kind and accepting. Madison itself is one of the most liberal, open-minded cities I've ever lived in, and for the first time in my life I am able to be absolutely open with who I am.

    Am learning a lot

    During my first semester, I got to take classes on Greek mythology and latin, things I did not even imagine I would take during high school; things I did not have the opportunity to take up until now. It was an extremely rewarding experience, and, even if it does not pertain to my major I still felt like it taught me a lot about critical thinking and essay writing.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    No matter who you are, there's a spot for you @ Madison!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely develop good study habits...and use ratemyprofessors and schedulizer

    Bang for the buck

    They gave me scholarships that helped eliminate some of the stress of being a student

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many opportunities @ Madison. There's always something going on.

    Am learning a lot

    This college is very diverse, so Im learning a lot about other people and about acceptance. Im also becoming more open minded.

  • 02/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, and independent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your grades in high school and take the hardest classes possible even after you have been accepted because if you do poorly in high school or your schedule is deemed too easy they can and will turn you down.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the most expensive public school in Madison, but it is definitely worth it. This school has a lot of competition and will definitely push each students to his or her limits.

    Am enjoying being here

    Whether you like to just relax and study or you are a little more adventurous, you can easily find a spot you are comfortable at in Madison. It is a great school with an awesome atomosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    This school pretty much offers anything you are looking to learn. The classes are fast paced and a lot of information is given to you in all of the classes you will take. Be ready to teach yourself though especially when completing your generals. Also, go to office hours for extra help if you need it.

  • 04/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Whether you are a sports junky or a book warm you will be able to find your niche here. It is especially great for students who are looking for a bigger campus and don't mind having a couple of 500 person classes. Also great for students who are willing to get involved around campus and perhaps do research.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your even thinking about applying to the University of Wisconsin-Madison I highly suggest taking a visit. The tours provide you with a lot of great information and you can get a feel for the university. Trust me once you get to the top of Bascom hill overlooking the capital and Lake Mendota you'll fall in love.

    Bang for the buck

    As a perspective transfer student, I was really setting my expectations high for this University, and it has surpassed them all. Students are given great courses and professors, a diversity of student organizations, and an overall elite education at a public school price...what more could you ask for.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Wisconsin- Madison, and the city of Madison in general, has so much to offer. There are tons of student organization to get involved with, daily events at the Union and around town, not to mention all of the great shops and restaurants on State Street. Its the perfect combination of city meets suburbia.

    Am learning a lot

    The prerequisite courses as well as the courses for the School of Education are all very challenging yet rewarding. I have had excellent professors thus far and have learned something new in almost every lecture. I am very happy with all of the courses I have taken. I truly feel like I am getting a great education.

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a wonderful institution for students who want a great education, and a great social experience. Also, any student who has strong self-motivation. Because this is a large school, a student has to be independent and in control of his or her education. Students from the Midwest will be happy to know that this campus is no exception when it comes to warm personalities, even if the weather gets a little frigid.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend taking a trip to campus for a tour and information. Be sure to take an extra hour or two to walk around campus and the downtown area, talk to some of the students passing by and take in the sights for a true feel of the school. If you are able, try to attend a football, basketball, or hockey game to capture the Badger spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    For me, attending the UW is very affordable. I am a Wisconsin resident, and I pay in-state tuition. However, for students from out of state, this could be pricey. The out of state tuition is still cheaper than many private institutions, and many scholarships are available for people from other areas. Truthfully, there are many scholarships available for any student as long as he or she is willing to search and apply.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I graduated high school, I really wanted to go far away for college. Because I grew up in Madison, I wanted to venture out to other places. After spending the semester on the east coast, I realized that the people in the Midwest tend to be more welcoming and friendly than people from other regions. When I returned, I noticed that there are many more things to do on campus since it is in the heart of Madison, not on the outskirts of the city. No matter where you stay on campus, you can walk to main shopping areas, restaurants and bars, movies, museums, and events on the square. I would highly recommend attending some of the sporting events; all of the athletic teams are very successful. The fans and student section give the team great support and provide an exciting atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    I originally went to Boston College, hoping that a private school would help me achieve a great education, but I was unimpressed. I found myself bored and resorted to daydreaming through all of my classes. I transferred to UW Madison since I was unhappy with my experience out east. So far, all of my classes at the UW have been intruiging and challenging, including the subjects I did not particularly enjoy during high school. The professors are fantastic, and the TAs that run discussions and other sections that supplement the lectures are more helpful than I could have imagined. This is a great school if you want to get well educated. Also, there are a countless amount of resources to enhance your learning.

  • 04/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Intuitive, Curious, Self-Sufficient, Independent, Liberal-minded (not necessarily in a political sense), Open-minded, Students who need to know how things work, Students who aren't sure what they want to do after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    To succeed at UW, you really have to be willing to work hard and put in more effort than you did/do in high school. It's a great school, but you have to work to get good grades. Professors challenge you here and will not put up with laziness. You are in charge of your education and how much you learn here. You can make this university as big or as small as you want. The choice is yours.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is 1000000000000% worth the money I am paying for tuition. I think that housing costs are pretty outrageous, but I look past that because I love everything about this place.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school offers so many things to be involved in, and there really is something for everyone, on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I am taking classes so far away from my major that I NEVER thought I would be interested in, but am totally loving. The professors here have such a great desire to pass on what they know to students in their lectures.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I loved the campus environment. It was full of life and it was very busy. If a city in the middle of nowhere.

    Will learn a lot

    I loved the campus. It offers so many majors and minors for everyone. It offered me both Animal Sciences and French.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hardworking students that want a great education while at the same time having fun in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    I guess I can't really say much because I'm still a high school senior, but I know for me I'm going to have to teach myself to study. In high school everything was laid out for us, but in college I hope I don't become lazy and procrastinate as much as I did in high school. And don't miss out on the great sports and clubs that Madison has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison's cost are reasonable, although I heard that they will be raising tuition by $2000 every year. I didn't really get any financial aid except for an actuarial science scholarship, so I wish I could have gotten a little more help. But through internships and jobs I think the cost is manageable.

    Will enjoy being here

    Madison is less than 2 hours from my house, so it's not like I'll be homesick. Plus Madison has great sports teams, especially football and hockey. Then there's State street with all the restaurants you'll ever need, and there are hundreds of extracurricular clubs on campus. I don't think I'll ever be bored when I attend Madison next year.

    Will learn a lot

    I am planning on majoring in actuarial science, and Madison has one of the best actuarial programs in the nation. The professors have been extremely helpful so far, and at least for my major we have one credit courses that help us review for the actuarial exams. I feel that the professors are there for you when you need them, and I'm not even a student yet but they are always more than happy to help me out.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you learn great on your own and don't like one-on-one communication with professors you should do fine on campus. If you prefer smaller classes and being 'known' essentially by the professor I wouldn't suggest it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're transferring from another school get as many general courses as possible done so you aren't stuck in a huge lecture hall. I found the large classes to be very difficult but when you got to the smaller classes they were rather enjoyable.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is rather high for being a public school. Though there is a huge variety in courses which is nice, though I think it would be better if they were able to break general courses into smaller sections.

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved being at UW-Madison and I loved the variety in the courses available. Many classes I had taken were only available at UW-Madison.

    Did learn a lot

    In a majority of my classes I did not learn very much. I do not enjoy being in such large classes. It's not very personal when you are in a lecture hall with 300 other students. Discussion sections didn't help much as a majority of the TA's do not speak English very well. The smaller classes I was in I loved and felt I learned more.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Though quite expensive for a public university, Madison has much to offer and is worth the price.

    Will enjoy being here

    UW Madison really has a great campus. There's something for everyone, since the city is so large and diverse.

    Will learn a lot

    UW Madison is a top-notch, well recognized college. Go here if you're determined, driven, and ready to work hard. I love the diversity and opportunities available here.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The connections and eduacation I would recieve would definitely be worth the cost.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is very large and spread out. Also, since I am coming from a very small school, the sheer number of students is intimidating to say the lest. However, the people on campus did seem open and friendly, so I do believe that I would enjoy life on campus.

    Will learn a lot

    The university has a great program for actuaries and I have no doubt that the professors would not only teach me what I need to know, but also help me make valuable connections in a competitive job market.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Good for both the party hardy and studious types!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything Early!!

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! But if you want a smaller more intimate college experience, you'll probably want to go somewhere else.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you research dorms thoroughly (Smith Hall is the best!). Also get season football tickets for sure!

    Bang for the buck

    College is obviously always expensive but UW has really great tuition rates, especially if you're from Wisconsin.

    Am enjoying being here

    Madison is such a great college town. There's always something to do! And you can walk everywhere. I also always felt safe on campus and in the surrounding area.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes aren't a joke. Most freshman will have to be in big lectures with 500+ people but that doesn't mean you can slack off. You will have to study a lot to maintain the GPA you had in high school.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am enjoying being here

    The people I lived with in my dorm freshman year became my best friends and family. One of the best experiences.

    Am learning a lot

    There are many opportunities and new areas of studies that many people don't know about until taking classes and learning about the new fields.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very inexpensive if you are a Wisconsin resident. But otherwise, the tuition is still reasonable. I can't imagine anyone not finding the school worth the price.

    Will enjoy being here

    After visiting the campus several times, it is obvious that there is always something to do. The lake is beautiful, and state street is crazy.

    Will learn a lot

    It was named one of the Public Ivy League schools, which means it has and Ivy League education but at a public school price. Very impressive.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a University that gives them the experience of the University being the city and not the University just being in a city, will love this University!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overload your credits your first year. University is extremely different from high school and the first thing you will notice is how much smarter everyone is and how much harder it is to get an A in your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student this University provides the most bang for your buck. At about 35,000 a year this is easily one of the least expensive out-of-state schools one can attend. Even more impressive is the closeness to the price of certain UC such as UCLA, UCB, and UCSD.

    Am enjoying being here

    I truly am enjoying every moment of my stay at Madison, the large class body, high level of class spirit, and from what i have witnessed an extremely friendly community. Not only is Madison great for academics and research but it is also great for having a social life and being able to choose from over 800 student organizations.

    Am learning a lot

    The atmosphere is great and extremely conducive to studying because of the myriad of options you have for where you want to study. As for the classes i have been extremely impressed with the amount i have learned, having classes that have 100+ students was intimidating but after a while i realized that as long as you worked hard a 100+ class is not that different from a 40 person class (except the individual attention you would receive from the teacher, and this can still be remedied by going to office hours).

  • 09/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school seems to be a good choice for academically inclined students who want to have a good time and also have a good sense of adventure. While being one of the smallest Big Ten schools, there is a lot to see in Madison.

    Bang for the buck

    Their out of state tuition isn't horribly expensive, but it is pretty reasonable considering the quality of education.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful, there are tons of research opportunities, the football season is absolutely epic, the academics are incredible and it's a Big Ten. What more can a prospective student ask for?

    Will learn a lot

    The academic opportunities are infinite. There are tons of research opportunities available and the study abroad program is quite large.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard worker. Smart. Social.

    Tips for prospective students

    Madison is a work hard and play hard environment. Meet people. Work hard. Have a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    Will never leave.

    Am enjoying being here

    Love the campus. Love the people.

    Am learning a lot

    Very challenging coursework. Be prepared to learn a lot.

  • 11/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Wisconsin is great for social people who love Big Ten sports. The campus is beautiful and the people here are really nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you apply early and tour all the schools you're interested in! If a school does not offer you a financial aid package that works, do not be afraid to call the financial aid office and ask them about options. A school may surprise you with an offer!

    Bang for the buck

    Like most Big Ten schools, Wisconsin is expensive, but they gave me better financial aid and loan options than other Big Ten schools. There are plenty of student jobs on campus and in the city. I believe Wisconsin is worth the money you pay.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful down by the lake and the people are really nice. I love how social it is; there is always something fun to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Each class teaches you a lot in a short amount of time, so make sure you are on top of your homework and readings. With some of the larger, introductory classes you will have a lecture and a discussion. With lecture and discussion, it allows you to go more in depth and ask questions about what you do not understand.

  • 11/28/2011

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    Will learn a lot

    i've heard they have a great business program,

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    You need to be independent, driven, and responsible for yourself and grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should learn how to say 'no' to friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Going here, you pay for a lot of things you don't know you pay for. There are a lot of free services offered to you.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are plenty of school organizations to join that connect you to a lot of different people. Most strangers are helpful too.

    Am learning a lot

    A student here can learn from joining different organizations and from the offered courses here. You must be dedicated to work and go over and beyond to get the best grade you want.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who go by the moto Study hard, party hard

    Tips for prospective students

    You must find a balance between school work and social life.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends if your in or out of state. I am currently out of state, and it is pricey. However, if you have in-state tuition or reciprocity from Minnesota, UW-Madison is definitely a ban for the buck

    Am enjoying being here

    UW-Madison is a overall great school. You have challenging academics coupled with a fun and lively social scene. There is always something to do on the weekends - especially drinking.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class I have taken is academically challenging. You must apply yourself to get As in your class. I learn so much material in each class, such that you must always stay on top of your schoolwork to achieve academic success.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus police around and your RA is always there for you also if you ever don't feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Having gone and met with many different fraternities and their members I can honestly say that frats aren't like how they portray them in movies, they are filled with good guys who know that education is a priority over having fun.

    Great for these types of students

    There are all kinds of people here, if you go to Madison there will no doubt be people here that share common goals, beliefs, and interests as you.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't imagine going anywhere else every penny that is being spent on this education and experience is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Badger games whether it be football, hockey, or anything is always an experience to see and express your badger pride along with your fellow students.

    Food and Dining

    Dislike that there is no meal plan however the food is good and there are multiple dining halls to eat at if you ever get bored of one. The hours are very easy to get food whenever you want. Be very smart about budgeting your food expenses so as not having to go to your parents too often to ask for more money.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to make a lot of friends for life. Being there only a couple of months has already led me to meet many people whom I will be close with for many years to come. Always keep your door open and make friends on different floors than the one you live on.

    Academic Rigor

    Each professor is there to help, use office hours and yours TAs as much as you can. Use the libraries, tutoring services, and academic advisers available to help you in any class you may need help in. Do not be afraid to ask questions to anyone who can help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Full embrace the college experience. Join a club or two, meet as many people as possible and just have fun. Put your academics above all, but having a balance between your academic and social life is the most important thing you can do heading into college.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a very competitive school filled with intelligent staff and students alike. One thing that is unique about this school is that you learn both in and outside of the classroom each and everyday. I am glad I chose to go here because this is truly an elite school where education is a priority.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are programs like SAFE walk, which will walk you home from anywhere on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities with varying interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs, and it's easy to get involved! There's a club fair at the beginning of the year where students can see all of the clubs and even join the ones they're interested in. Also, it takes only 3 interested students to start a club at UW-Madison!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for academically average to strong students who are interested in having a fun social life!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a public school, so the scholarships they offer to help pay for your education are hard to get, but overall it doesn't cost much, and the education is great!

    What to do for fun

    Party! UW-Madison is a Big Ten school! There are a lot of events centered around athletics. If that doesn't interest you, there are hundreds of clubs. There's a kind of club fair in the beginning of the year where you can see what you'd like to be involved in most.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is alright. There are places with better food than others. You can really go to anywhere on campus, but most students stick to the closest source of food, so it's something to consider in your choice of housing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is what you make it. There are dorms where social life shines. There are dorms that value a better experience academically and allow you to live in the dorms without the pressure to go out all the time. It all depends on your preference.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student in biochemistry, I've been exposed to UW-Madison's chemistry, biology, and physics programs, all of which are difficult in their own right. Paying attention to any course here though, you'll be able to learn a lot that is applicable to your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    UW-Madison has a reputation as a party-school. If you plan to do well academically, keep your goals in mind and shy away from the party scene when you need to.

    In three sentences

    I'm a biochemistry student at UW-Madison. If you're looking for a public school with strong academics and the sense that you're in a big city, this is a great place to be.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus seems to be pretty safe. I've heard stories of some sketchy people on the Lakeshore Path, though.

    Greek Life

    So many frats. So many.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of clubs and Student Orgs.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing partyers or nerdy brainiacs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ask about Atlantis. That's all I'm gonna say.

    Bang for the buck

    Eh, pretty pricey. But what college isn't?

    What to do for fun

    Party, hit up State Street for a bite to eat or some casual shopping, and study your brains out.

    Food and Dining

    The food's pretty good and the prices are even better. Well, that is if you have a housing food account.

    Dorm Life

    It's pretty fun, if you make it fun. Some of the RAs are hard asses, but that's to be expected. The dorms are pretty nice, too.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are DIFFICULT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put in the time during the week and party on the weekends. It's worth it.

    In three sentences

    The classes are hard and the parties are fun.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    big campus, but they do a great job of offering buses and free rides/walks so that you feel safe walking home at any time of the night!

    Great for these types of students

    self-motivated. sports fanatics. love the big atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    i am actually transferring for my major, which madison does not offer. obviously i would like to stay, but there were a few things i did dislike about the system: i am not someone who learns in a large environment, i need personal relationships with my professors and classrooms, because i feel lost otherwise. thought i wanted to get away from the feel of a small town, but i end up going right back to it. it is beyond frustrating to be accepted into madison, and then be in constant competition to simply declare a major. for many of the majors you need to apply to get into that specific school. if i'm paying for the education, i should be able to study what i want. i love saying that i go to madison, but the experience i'm getting is not worth the reputation, i need to go somewhere that can get me into classes i want to take and get me on the right track for my future, since college is about preparing yourself for later, not just about partying. extremely liberal, but to each their own! living is extremely overpriced. i could nit-pick at many things, but about every college there will be things you dislike.

    Food and Dining

    pops and eds are fine, not too bad, but you will get sick of it as expected. downtown madison has so much to offer and it is amazing how much there is to do, as long as you're willing to pay.

    Dorm Life

    as nice and ogg and smith are, go with witte or sellery. sure, you'll suffer during the first few months, but the people you'll meet are much more open and fun than the busy athletes or already established sophomores in the newer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are hard, especially when you're in a lecture of 200 most of the time. it is nice to disappear in class once in a while, but unless you are self-motivated and are willing to teach yourself most things, i would go for a smaller school. or hire a tutor.

    Tips for prospective students

    people will tell you to get involved in college, bottom line is that it is not as easy as it sounds. madison has much to offer, but it is difficult for those of us who are more reserved. most i can say is be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    madison is not a slacker school. you tend to be just a number, but if you can find your way with a social crowd the transition is much easier. the athletics and party scene are to be admired, but unless you are comfortable with just being a number in class, this isn't the school for you.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    there is an immense selection of student organizations on campus, and if you can't find anything that fits for you, just find couple friends and start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    madison is a great choice for students who are self-motivated, high-achieving, and passionate. it is a school where students want to excel. it is also a great school for students who aren't decided on their major or want to explore other options because of the variety of majors.

    What to do for fun

    there is an endless amount of opportunities for fun while at madison, whether you enjoy sports, music, art, theater, or good food. state street is a hot spot for restaurants, entertainment, and shops. the bus system is also free for students-if you actually go and get you bus pass- so there is no part of madison that is off limits to your imagination.

    Food and Dining

    the dorm food at madison is not your typical cafeteria-like dorm food. there are multiple locations and a variety of options to suit everyone. the food isn't going to taste like a homemade thanksgiving dinner, but you won't feel let down or disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are dorms, they are not going to have all the comforts of home, but if you see them for what they are-a great way to meet people and a chance to try something different- you experience will be good. also, there are two very different dorm settings, lakeshore and southeast, so reading through the specific dorm descriptions is a good idea to try to match your location with your personality.

    Academic Rigor

    classes at madison are challenging, but not impossible. if students take a reasonable course load, apply themselves, and use their resources correctly, success if very attainable.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't become obsessed with your specific major when you start your freshman year, but try to narrow down possibilities so you can take prerequisite courses that match your interests. also, use your resources! it may seem like your professors, ta's and even ra's have much more important things going on, but if you need help with something don't be afraid to ask.

    In three sentences

    the university of wisconsin-madison is a top-notch university in all aspects. the diversity of academic options allow for each student to excel, excellent athletics boost school pride year round, and the surrounding city provides a perfect college atmosphere. becoming a badger is a decision you will never regret!

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    head to hoofers.

    Tips for prospective students

    reasearch which field you want to go into so you don't waste time on prerec's that you don't need.

    In three sentences

    uw madison is a place that seems to have it all. there is a great night life, places that even underage students can go, many student and non-student activities, and great restaurants.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe around campus and there are services in place to help me if i ever need a ride home, a walk home, or just help.

    Greek Life

    as mentioned above, i am a member of delta theta sigma fraternity and i think it is the most fulfilling organizations i have ever been a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am on the men's ultimate frisbee team and a member of delta theta sigma fraternity personally, and i only wish i had time to do more. there are so many organizations around.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who want a slightly bigger city, but want to retain somewhat of a smaller feel.

    Bang for the buck

    in state tuition is nice, so compared to other colleges it is not that bad.

    What to do for fun

    madison itself is a very fun city with fun people. there is always something going on, there is always live music and shows to go too. the lakes a nice and just exploring the city is always an adventure.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good and there is a good selection, but the dining hall in my dorm has very brief hours of operation. there is always a convenience store that is open, but the actual dining area is only open for a short time right around meals. otherwise it is a fine place to eat.

    Dorm Life

    i can only speak for my dorm, but where i live is a very nice place. i have a wonderful view, great friends and many opportunities offered by program coordinators in the building. the building is very well managed and i very much enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor varies from class to class, but overall uw madison involves a lot of hard work. it is most definitely possible, but the effort must be put forth first. a lot of help is available, but the student has to really want to do well,

    Tips for prospective students

    don't hesitate to get help. there are many opportunities such as office hours, teaching assistants, free tutoring, and much more all there just to help. the campus is big but you can get a lot of personal attention, all one must do is ask.

    In three sentences

    the city of madison is a wonderful place to live. the school is amazing, it is a lot of hard work, but there are also many extracurricular opportunities as well. it takes effort to be bored.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    i have no real opinion of the food since i haven't experienced it yet.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms look pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes seem to reach the highest level needed to understand the material for a major.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    During the day the campus is an overall safe place, but I would never walk alone at night here. It's a city-like area, so there are many unusual types of people here and on weekend nights the streets are filled with bumbling drunks. There are safety towers nearby, and we do have the safe walk system, or always have a buddy.

    Greek Life

    To be honest, I don't know that much about the Greek life. However if you don't want to do it, you won't feel pressured because only 10% of Madison is involved in the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of Student Orgs to get involved in! Orgs for your major, for fun activities, service clubs and much more. There are also intramural sports for you to form a team and play in!

    Great for these types of students

    Science and Engineering. Those are the two biggest types of programs here and if you graduate from here, you'll be set in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bascom. It is all about Bascom hill here. It is right across from State Street, and on super sunny gorgeous days there will always be tons of students studying and laying out, just soaking up the sun which we don't get often at this time of year.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally think that this school is such a bargain. As a science major, this school is constantly in the top ten in the United States along with Ivy Leagues and California schools, so I think that I am getting a great education at a very affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    Party. Madison is a huge party school and is always rated number one or two by Playboy. There are other things to do to, like go to the movies, go shopping on State or at one of the malls, and outdoor activities, but really the man thing here is partying.

    Food and Dining

    I think the Housing food here is generically good compared to other colleges. There is always a wide variety of options. We also have tons of restaurants to eat at that are fantastic, like Potbelly, Noddles and Company, and Ian's.

    Dorm Life

    I really like the dorm life here. The nice thing about Madison is you can pick your dorm based on what you like. Typically the hardcore partiers stay in Sellery and Witte, while Lakeshore is very nice and scenic. It's up to you where you want to live, but wherever you do, you can guarantee you'll be able to meet friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is tough. I personally have stayed in multiple weekends to catch up on homework, but you can definitely avoid that. found the most time where I stay in is when I have a tough midterm coming up. So if you study super hard during the week, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to really succeed here, you have to have really applied and challenged yourself at high school. If you have done that, I think you'll do just fine.

    In three sentences

    This is very academically challenging school. Most of my friends have stayed in at least one weekend just to study, but when we don't there are plenty of parties to go around. There are other things to d besides party, like see a free movie, walk on State, and go to a sports game.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are over 700 student organizations at UW-Madison, so getting involved in one or more of those can be fun. But really, it is Madison, and the common way to have fun is to go out and walk around on State Street or go to a party. You meet a lot of new people wherever you go.

    Food and Dining

    State Street offers a TON of different selections for food from Ian's Pizza (the best pizza ever) to Mia Za's, an italian restaurant. In terms of dining hall food, if you're a picky eater, finding good food in the dining halls may not be the easiest although there are a lot of options there too.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorms you live in, the dorm life can be either good or bad. It all depends on what kind of atmosphere you want: Southeast dorms: more social and more urban Lakeshore dorms: more quiet and on the lake (more relaxed)

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other big ten school, Madison has high expectations for their students. Academics will not be a piece of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go here you must be able to handle: lots of school spirit sporting events tough classes parties more liberal than conservative campus large campus walking up a hill every once in a while

    In three sentences

    Madison is both an energetic and academic school. I can't wait to go and be a part of the sporting events and amazing education offered. On Wisconsin!

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    smart students who know how to balance hardwork and fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mifflin street party ! All campus party ! Bascom hill !

    What to do for fun

    when the weather is warm, everyone comes outside and you don't have to be told, lots of games going on. When it is cold however go into your room and share a cup of hot chocolate

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat on campus and for dorm food it is pretty good

    Dorm Life

    There are two neigbhourhoods , lakeshore and southeast. If you want nature, community and more quiet go for lakeshore (i stayed here my first year and it was awesome), southeast is nosier so if you are into partying and solo adventures southeast is where you need to be.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of intelligent and talented professors are on this campus. A BC here is almost the equivalent of an A somewhere else .

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't ever fall behind. Study as much as you can during the week and chill during the weekends. Make friends and get involved with on campus organizations

    In three sentences

    This is a challenging school. You must be ready to work hard to get good grades. Beautiful scenery, a fun place to be.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has it's very police department that works with Madison police force, The Dane County sheriffs office and the capital police officers. They take their job very seriously in protecting students and have several programs to help with that goal.

    Greek Life

    I know there is a student organization but that is all I know,

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally 100's of clubs and activities to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Just have to come to see to believe it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BUCKY BADGER, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, HOCKEY VOLLEYBALL SWIMMING...ETC THE men's and women's teams are always in the top tier's of school and pride runs deep here on campus and in the citizens

    Bang for the buck

    As a comnwealth wealth college you will not get a biggr bang for you anywhere else and be able to learn and work world leaders in their specialitlys, most students don't ever get that chance

    What to do for fun

    There is all kinds of things to do for fun and student organizations to list here, but if there is something your interested in I can assure you can find it here.

    Food and Dining

    There are several area on campus to eat and places just off campus to go and eat at. Bonus is if you use your student idea card you get discounts. I have heard food is pretty good, I carry a lunch so to save money.

    Dorm Life

    I can not talk on dorm life as a personal experience, what I can say is my fellow classmates who live in dorms really do not complain much and the new state of the dorm building should be done for fall2012. It will be awesome. Plus plenty of opportunity to live off campus also.

    Academic Rigor

    I won't lie you will be challeneged academically here at UW and will have to work for good grades, but the help is available if needed and they want you to succeed. If working hard on school work and missing out on some social things would higher importance than UW- Madison is most likely not for you, we are looking for the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    If unsure come for a visit, sign up with soars and take the campus tour, talk to students and professors. Then go out and see what the town has to offer I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    As a returning adult student I have found UW- Madison to be an exceptional school and would recommend to anyone. UW- Madison is highly respected in the world and you will not find any better professors who are interested in helping you succeed in college and your goals after college.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Jump around, football, basketball, hockey

    Food and Dining

    Food/Dining choices are wide and expansive.

    Dorm Life

    Many dorms to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Good Selection of classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for everything. Be ready for weather changes within 10 minutes.

    In three sentences

    The best school in the nation for everyone who can enjoy Wisconsin weather.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is small and feels incredibly safe.

    Greek Life

    Doesn't exist here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Because many students work full time, there are not many out of school activities available.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to learn independently and can take direction for themselves. Students who are organized and can follow a goal map are perfect for this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Learning teams are something you have to take part in for every class. This takes a while to get used to but helps you acquire crucial team skills.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices are fair and the education is top-notch.

    What to do for fun

    You will see the same people throughout your classes so it is easy to make new friendships.

    Food and Dining

    Free coffee is always a plus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of work and studying to do. But everything is assigned and graded fairly. You work in teams during every class and this prepares you for the real world and gives you an advantage when searching for a career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know why you are getting an education. Motivation is key when enrolled in accelerated classes.

    In three sentences

    This University has provided me with the tools necessary for me to achieve academic success. They have made acquiring an education convenient and realistic. I am proud to attend this school

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Madison is a big city, but campus is it's own little city and as long as you stay on campus and aren't out at 3:00am you will be just fine! I have never had a problem or known anyone who has!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs to choose from. There will be something for everyone. It is so easy to get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    Madison does a pretty good job I would say about giving you a lot of free bee's as a student on campus. You get discounts a lot of places. Free health services, free bus access to just about anywhere, free events, free movies, etc.

    What to do for fun

    In Madison there are endless things that you may find fun. We have two student unions that always have events going on in as well as State Street which has everything from plays, to bars, to shopping, to museums, to restaurants, to dance clubs, to comedy clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is a like eating out at a restaurant. Not to mention the best part, is dessert of course! Babcock Ice Cream (Madison local ice cream) is famous and is so delicious that students can get for very cheap!

    Dorm Life

    The university works hard to have many events going on all the time in the dorms to help you meet people. They are also pretty clean and there are many options (different locations, layouts, prices) for you to pick from!

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely have to apply yourself and work hard to do well in classes. Attending classes and studying for hours is a must to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up to take a tour around campus, and you will quickly realize campus is really not that big. The size is very manageable, don't let that scare you away!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love everything about UW-Madison. They have the best academics, sports, and organizations that any college can offer. UW-Madison also has a great location that you will never be bored and have nothing to do at!

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have the blue safety light system available across campus, as well as personal escorts if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 400 clubs are available, plus many intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are disciplined and can get your work finished during the week, and then like to go out and have a good time on the weekends, this school is perfect for you.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the more pricey state schools, but for the academic excellence this university has, it is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    State Street, Farmer's Market on Saturdays around the Capitol, Badger Games, and many other cultural events... Don't forget about the parties.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection. You get what you pay for.

    Dorm Life

    There's a different dorm life scene for everyone. The southeast residence halls are known for the more rowdy group of freshman in sellery and witte hall. The lakeshore dorms are more chill.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will push you to think outside the box, and if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you will excel.

    In three sentences

    Great Public University. The research and academic opportunities are amazing, as is the social life.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I suppose the food and dining is cheap in WI, Madison.

    Dorm Life

    Actually, I have not stayed here. Hence, I have no idea.

    Academic Rigor

    High ranking of chemistry field.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus there are many facilities to utilize to be safe on campus. They offer free cab services to take you home, people to walk you home, and safety poles that offer police assistance. The cab service and sake walkers are all available with a phone call. The safety poles have a button for you to push and police officers will be there within 60 seconds!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is awesome here! I highly encourage rushing because I know that you will find your perfect fit somewhere within it! And if you don't, atleast you tried. The Greek System here also highly values grades and learning so you will not be steered away from your education!

    Clubs and Activities

    Every fall there is a student organization fair! At the fair you walk around and visit tables for each organization, everyone leaves signed up for at least one club!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone will love this school! No matter who you are, what you like, or where you come from you will fit in somewhere!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the first warm day of spring, you can find EVERYONE down at the Memorial Union on The Terrace. It is a favorite hangout for ALL Badgers, young or old. Also, during our football games at the start of the fourth quarter, we play Jump Around and jump up and down. Our jumping as scored on Richter Scale! Our campus also has a few favorite songs that, if asked, anyone would know all of the words. It's a pretty special place to be!

    Bang for the buck

    This university of worth every penny because of the reputation you get. This is one of the most prestigious, public schools in the nation. To have that on your resume is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do here! The University of Wisconsin is right on the lake and offers many water activities! There are also many student organizations that offer different fun activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on the day, the food can be great or mediocre. The food never tastes bad, it just might not be a great choice for that day. There are many dining halls on campus though that all over different choices. You can find something, somewhere!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are very old and this often causes a lot of dust. Anyone with allergies should opt for a newer dorm! But the housing staff is absolutley magnificent and does whatever they can to make your experience the best!

    Academic Rigor

    This is a really tough university! It has to be tough so that the students who make it through are top of the line.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with all of your homework and reading assignments, or they will catch up with you! GO TO CLASS! It's so simple, but can become a serious problem. And most important, have fun and try everything! This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never get back!

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great university! The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful! This school also has a great environment and great school spirit!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Madison has so much to offer students! State Street has an array of shops and restaurants. Bascom hill is perfect for laying out on. The terrace has delicious food and a breathtaking view. Taking a run to picnic point down lakeshore path makes the 3.5 mile run out there worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Advice for students would be to get to know professors and TAs. They are there to help and they may seem intimidating at first but they are extremely helpful and supportive. Also, explore Madison and everything that it has to offer. It is such a versatile city and after two years of living there I still have so much to discover! Lastly, meet new people as much as you can! Ask people to grab coffee, go for a run, or study together! Madison can seem lonely at times so making friends can make all the difference.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is made up of outstanding and brilliant professors willing to do what they can for their students to succeed. The campus is breathtaking consisting of the capital building of Wisconsin and Lake Mendota in the background. There are over 50 libraries but students are creative with their study spots ranging from the terrace to the art museum to the historical society.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's only one club on campus and it's pretty decent.

    Great for these types of students

    Socially good for party animals. Academically good for learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Tuesday, my friends and I go to Buffalo wild wings. Its been a tradition we haven't stop going.

    What to do for fun

    There are some many things to do on campus. There is a organization called hoofer. With hoofer you can go canoeing, sailing, and other water activities. There is also a street called State Street that is filled with food restaurants, stores and many talented people exhibiting their skills.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious. For a whole year that I've been here, I had bought at least 3 whole pizza each week on housing food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is beautiful. You get to meet with many new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, if you aren't studying your grades will flush down the toilet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get as much out of your college experience as possible but also keep in mine why you are there in the first place.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a large campus you can easily get lost finding classes but in time you'll get use to it. There is so many things to do on campus. There are all sorts of events that goes on during the school year like rallies, meetings, tournaments, probates and the list goes on.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, UW is a safe place to be. Like any other big city, try not to walk alone at night, especially if you're a girl. While there have been reports of crime in the past, it shouldn't be a problem if you're smart about it.

    Greek Life

    Get involved with greek life. Though there are certainly schools in the U.S. that participate in greek life more than UW, that does not mean there is a lack of greek life presence. Do know that since there are so many students attending UW and an abundance of subsequent and never-ending activities and parties to attend, greek life is not necessarily always the main focal point of the university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 750 registered campus organizations. You'll be able to find at least one you fit into and thrive.

    Great for these types of students

    It's simple: If you want to be a badger, you need to study hard and play harder.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freakfest and Mifflin Street Block Party. Google either of them.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can get in, UW-Madison is one of the most affordable universities in the nation. Having transferred from a much more expensive private institution to UW-Madison, I can vouch that it is an extraordinary bang for the buck. Plus if need be, the financial aid office is extremely helpful in ensuring you get an appropriate financial aid package if you apply.

    What to do for fun

    Really anything you want to do. Again, since Madison is a college town, there is an endless amount of concerts, campus-wide parties, football games, bars, and outdoor activities at your disposal. The hardest part is fitting it all in between studying.

    Food and Dining

    Since Madison is a college town, there are ample food options between state street and the surrounding campus. Whether you're watching your budget and want to eat in the dorm cafeterias, are looking to grab a quick meal at the terrace between classes, or are craving late-night fast food on state, there are a myriad of options.

    Dorm Life

    Live in the Southeast residence halls. Though they tend to be a bit more rowdy, they are much more social, food isn't bad either.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not be fooled by any party school rankings that exist. UW-Madison is nationally and international prestigious because of the strong academics, which will mean hitting the books hard during the week so you can party harder on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    UW-Madison provides the full college experience, though it's also one of the largest universities in the country so make sure you're prepared for the size of the university. The best way to take advantage of the school is by getting involved, which will keep you from becoming lost among the 30,000 plus undergrads, allow you to make friends, and be happier, all while building your resume. Rush greek life and join any campus organizations that interest you.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is an extremely well-rounded university with a great campus. Not only does it consistently rank among the top 50 universities in the world, it is consistently ranked as one of the top party schools in the country. Badgers work very hard yet play even harder.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Madison is on the list for the safest cities to live in in the entire United States. There are a lot of useful options for students to get home if they are otherwise incapable, and with so many people, there is good safety in numbers. Plus, there is a special campus police in addition to the madison police department.

    What to do for fun

    Walk in any direction on campus, you'll find something exciting. Jazz concerts on the lake, theatre performances, restaurants, exercising options, and everything the city life has to offer!

    Food and Dining

    So many options for food--restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias--and tons of ethnic options for the adventurous taste buds!

    Dorm Life

    I'm not living in the dorms this year, but I've looked at them and a lot of them are really beautiful and have a ton of student-oriented activities and amenities. Especially all the ones on the lake!

    Academic Rigor

    While I haven't taken any classes there yet, I've seen a lot of classrooms and laboratories that definitely live up to the Big Ten reputation UW Madison has earned!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all they have to offer! There's so many options for every type of student that there's no way you can't find something to have fun doing!

    In three sentences

    I've been to the campus and I completely love it. It has a huge variety of things to do--anything from walking along the lake in peace and serenity, to the exciting shopping and eateries at the capitol. So beautiful, and great for tons of different types of people.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a walking service specifically used to promote campus safety!!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can find their place here!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a bit pricey, but worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There is no shortage of activites to do on campus!!

    Dorm Life

    Find dorms you like by activities you are involved in. If you like quieter dorms, go with lake shore. If you are interested in more of the party scene, go with southeast.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are rigorous, but worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into your specific majors and 'schools.' Make sure you are interested in attending a college this big before committing! It has plenty of opportunities for a good time, but also state of the art academics!

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge but has the small campus feel! Everyone on campus is extremely nice! This is a great school to attend!!

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students across campus generally feel very safe. There is plenty of lighting when night falls and many services available for those who do not feel safe, such as SafeWalk and SafeRide. These are free services who will walk or drive students to their destinations on campus so they do not have to do so alone. Also, many of the prime study places on campus are in busier parts of the city, so there are more people around.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of the social scene in Madison. Those involved in Greek life love it and love the sense of community. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in the Greek community and to volunteer for leadership opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs and activities available to students across campus, most of which can be found at the Student Organization fair held each semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to have fun while being challenged academically would be great for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tray sliding down Bascom Hill is one tradition unique to Madison. There are many traditions during football games, such as Jump Around, that make games so great for students. The Memorial Union and Terrace are great locations on campus for students to socialize, or even to study.

    Bang for the buck

    While the University of Wisconsin-Madison can be very expensive for some students, especially those who are out of state, there is definitely something to love for everybody on campus. There are so many things that make Madison a great place to live and a great place to go to school. It is a true college experience that nobody would want to miss out on.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty going on in Madison for fun. There is always something going on specifically for students living in the dorms. There are also many events going on throughout the year for students across campus. And for those students who enjoy the nightlife, they will have ample opportunities for parties.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on campus, and there is usually always somewhere open when a snack is needed. The cafeteria food is nothing spectacular, but it is very decently priced and a good meal for students living in the dorms. There are also late night food places on campus that serve food that is not found in the cafeterias, including many made-to-order options.

    Dorm Life

    With many dorms students will find that their floor will become their family throughout the year. Students will find that they will come to know their neighbors very well. Dorm life can be very loud in the Southeastern part of campus. Lakeshore dorms are a lot calmer and quieter than Southeast dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The weed out classes can be very difficult and competitive. Keeping up with coursework is essential to doing well in classes. There is no place for procrastination with these classes. Attending class is also a major priority in keeping good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new experiences and meeting many new people. You will become very close with the people you meet here, especially when living in the dorms. Also make sure to keep up with classes, you do not want to fall behind.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has so much to offer to students with academics, athletics, and activities outside of the classroom. There is plenty of school pride on campus and every student is extremely proud to be a Badger. There is a great sense of community on campus and Madison will become a home away from home for most students.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is fairly safe. Southeast is a little uncomfortable as it is closer to Downtown and the bars. But if you lock your doors and walk in groups at night, you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life has had serious issues at Madison. It is often thought as very elitist. Partying and alcohol consumption is rampant, especially in fraternities. I'd recommend skipping it; you'll meet plenty of friends elsewhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Because the campus is so large, there are hundreds of things to do on campus whether they are clubs or events going around on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Madison is great for studious and fun kids.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oddest tradition that I know of at Madison is that graduates sit on the statue of Abe Lincoln and tell him their life dreams.

    Bang for the buck

    I love being a Badger. It is worth the money for the academics and the atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    Football games are always the best for having fun. We have amazing school spirit and love to scream and shout and have a great time at Camp Randall.

    Food and Dining

    The dining at Madison is not great. It's mostly greasy and fried. It is very easy to gain the Freshmen Fifteen. Be careful and eat in moderation.

    Dorm Life

    Madison dorm life is the best! The resident halls are split into two areas: Lakeshore and Southeast. Lakeshore is relaxing and right on Lake Mendota; Southeast is buzzing being closer to Downtown and State Street. If you pick based on what you think you'll like, you find other people in your dorm just like you, and you will hit it off with them. My current best friends at Madison all lived on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not going to sugarcoat it: Madison is difficult. But you were accepted for a reason; the admissions office thought you could handle it by sending you an acceptance letter. If you take the effort and study/do homework daily, form study groups, go to office hours, and don't procrastinate, you will succeed at Wisconsin.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to people when you first attend school. People in your class are going through all the craziness of a new campus just like you; upperclassmen have gone through those emotions at one point, too. Don't be afraid to walk up to a stranger down the hall from your room and introduce yourself; that person may become your best friend.

    In three sentences

    Professors, peers and upperclassmen all make the atmosphere my second home. I feel I will have many opportunities after I graduate. Being a Badger is amazing!

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    A variety of clubs and activities to join on this large campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Great institution for the price tag with in-state tuition and reciprocity.

    What to do for fun

    Spending time on state street, the arboretum, and the terrace. There are often many movies and musicians playing at the union.

    Food and Dining

    A la cart items in the dining halls allow you to control your spending. There are also many great options for off campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of options, the lakeshore dorms are more relaxed and located on the most beautiful part of campus. Southeast dorms provide a larger and faster paced attitude. Both are great options and full of great kids.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be passionate about attending school here.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is Madison's #1 priority. If you ever are in a situation that requires it, make sure to take advantage of our 'Safe Walk' program - a pair of students who will meet you anywhere on campus and walk you back to your home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone, from professional clubs (for med students, aspiring journalists, and many more), to interest clubs (from singing, to sports, to cheese), Madison has you covered.

    Great for these types of students

    Madison is a tough, but fun school. It's great for anyone who likes a city feel to their campus and is willing to work hard when necessary.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Fall, Saturdays on campus are a swarm of Red and White for Badger football games. While not everyone can score tickets (which go on sale every June and sell out within an hour), everywhere you go, you will pass by viewing parties. Other traditions focus on Bascom Hill, the stretch of land that was the original campus. From the 'Battle for Bascom' snowball fights (between Southeast and Lakeshore campus'), Tray sledding, studying under the shade of a tree on the first warm day, or rubbing Abe's foot for good luck, it's the place of tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition is gradually getting pricier, it's really worth every penny. I appreciate the solid education I'm getting, I enjoy the close-knit environment I'm surrounded by, and there isn't a more gorgeous campus in Wisconsin. I've yet to meet a single person who didn't love being a Badger.

    What to do for fun

    You will never be bored in Madison. Both of the unions offer plenty of fun activities, from bowling, to rock climbing, to movies, to concerts. The Memorial Union Terrance is also a fantastic place to sit with your friends, listen to occasional free music, and enjoy fantastic views of the lake. Dorms put on great events all the time, from movie nights, to group trips. And, of course, there's no getting around it - Madison is a party school. It's impossible to walk through any of the surrounding neighborhoods on a given weekend and pass a house party or two. In reality, it's almost impossible to be bored in Madison.

    Food and Dining

    The housing food itself is good. Some colleges go by buffet style dining - Madison opts for the 'pay for what you get' method, at super cheap prices for anyone living in the dorms. Housing also makes amazing pizzas - I know of a bunch of upperclassmen who still make trips out of their way to pick up housing pizza once in a while. Otherwise, there are fantastic food and dining options outside of housing. Both the Unions (South and Memorial) offer non-housing food (pizza, sandwiches, and oriental, depending on where you go). There are plenty of dining places around campus, from quick sub places on almost every corner to the 100 or so restaurants that line State Street and the surrounding area. Along with Madison Market for groceries, you will have no problem finding some good food to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are split into two different areas - Lakeshore and Southeast. Lakeshore is a more quiet atmosphere, perfect for those who like to study/relax. Southeast is right by the Kohl center and is in the middle of the action/downtown. As for the dorms themselves, dorm life is dorm life. Make sure to befriend your House Fellow - they are great resources for any problems you have. Drying machines are free. Make sure to introduce yourself to everyone on your floor as soon as possible - it really helps you acclimate faster to a new environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Madison is a tough school to get into for a reason - you need to study for your classes. A's are not easily handed out in most courses, so make sure to visit your TA, read the material, and go to lecture. While that may seem intimidating, just know that you will learn so much. There's a reason employers are impressed when they see that you got your degree at UW - they know that you know your stuff. And, for those of you who are afraid you'll spend every night at the library? No worries - we Badgers still manage to find plenty of time for fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any new students, make sure to take a stroll around the student organization fair (held at the beginning of each semester). There is a group for everyone (anything from major-oriented organizations to a club for people who love cheese) that will really help you branch out from the people you meet in the dorms. Also, make sure to explore the campus before classes start. Just spend a day strolling down state street, or even scoping out where your classes are. Campus seemed huge and intimidating at first, but before long I felt right at home and the distance didn't seem bad at all. Just make sure to avoid flip flops until your feet get acclimated to walking everywhere (or at least pack band-aids)

    In three sentences

    Madison, put simply, is amazing. The knowledgeable professors, the beautiful campus, and the energetic town make it the perfect place to go to college. You won't regret choosing this school.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest capus by far, awesome resources such as SAFE walkers that will walk with you if you're in a potentially dangerous situation.

    Greek Life

    Let's just say that UWMadison knows how tol balance work and play.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many, if you can imagine a club, it's there, if it isn't, you can start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Social but smart kids who want to make a difference in their community. This is a great school for kids that are generally well rounded, and honestly, I haven't met anyone yet who isn't super interesting and cool to talk with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bascom Hill, the iconic vision of the school, especially in spring when hundreds of college girls, in thier bikinis, flock to the hill to sunbathe.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education, great living enviornment, limitless oppurtunities, best option for a public college and definatly worth it.

    What to do for fun

    I don't even know where to start, from the people to activities, as long as you have a smile on your face, fun will find you.

    Food and Dining

    It varies; a lot of places are awesome, like osaka sushi, others are barely edible, like ginger root.

    Dorm Life

    Greatest campus. Ever. There's the lakeshore side on Lake Mendota that offers lake front views, a peaceful atmosphere, and even a hiking trail, and then there's Southeast, which offers shopping malls on state street, bars, and all the other hustle and bustle of a city. It's basically everything you could ever want in a campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Madison has a wide selection of courses, some easy, others tedious, so it's up to you to choose how involved in academics you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definately apply early and have a good essay. Madison cares just as much about who you are as a person as they do about your grades, so write an essay that reflects YOU.

    In three sentences

    This campus is by far the friendliest and most academic college I applied to. They have a great staff and an upbeat campus atmosphere, along with offering vast research and leadership oppurtunities. I firmly believe in this school.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. You can have safe cab rides, and safe walks free from the university. As with any place you are - do not walk home alone late at night.

    Greek Life

    Best decision I've ever made. However, greek life is not as prominent at Madison compared to other school like Indiana University, and University of Illinois. If you choose not to enter the Greek system - there are just as many opportunities. It doesn't matter if you are or are not greek. I have friends all over the place

    Clubs and Activities

    the list goes on and on, i'm sure there is a site that lists all of them. Be sure to check out the student org fair to meet with representatives of all of them and to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    able to multi task, balance social with school work, outgoing, academically motivated, responsible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are so many traditions at Madison from football to places on campus to snowball fights, chanting of the Alma Mater, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The School, although costly for most, it most definitely worth the money. At UW Madison students will gain experience unlike any other at a different school.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I am in the Greek system, and there are a lot of organized events with others in the greek system. It is a great way to meet people, and enjoy yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is dorm food, but I feel that every day of every week we were presented with multiple options, and there was never a time that I couldn't find something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I've met so many friends on my dorm floor. Try to get to know your floor as soon as possible, because they will likely be your first friends there. Creating great relationships with your floormates from the start will make for a very easy going year.

    Academic Rigor

    UW Madison is a challenging school. Make sure you are aware of deadlines and don't let school work slip past you. Little assignments add up in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in many organizations as soon as you can - you will appreciate it later on! Also, make friends with your classmates. It is a lot easier to study when you have someone with you studying the same material.

    In three sentences

    I could not be happier at this school. It is a complete perfect match for me. It is the best possible environment for college students.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school. Staff is super friendly and helpful! Campus is gorgeous too!

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    UW-Madison has one of the best and safest campuses, because the students make it that way. There is a bus that runs very late into the night for students called a SafeBus which is free, as well as SafeRide, a student taxi service to take you where you need to be, and you get a few free per semester. Lastly, there is the SafeWalk, which is a service that sends 2 students, male and female, to wherever you are, and they will walk you home no matter where you are. Plus on top of all of that, to promote more safety for savvy students, you can sleep in the libraries on campus.

    Greek Life

    Though I do not plan to participate in Greek life, I have been told that the sororities and fraternities really have a great sense of companionship and service for the city of Madison. You can also participate in the Greek academic clubs without participating in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I have mentioned earlier, there are over 850 student organizations, plenty to get involved in! And if you do not like one, make your own! There are a variety of clubs, sports groups and even a cheese appreciation group, something for everyone in Madison.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are not afraid of a large campus, willing to endure a cold winter, ready to embrace diversity and definitely ambitious to learn!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not started my first year yet, but I know that there are some fun traditions involved with badger games, such as singing Varsity and silly superstitions that are involved with the team. There is also a circle, I believe that if you step on, you will not graduate in 4 years. On the flip side, there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln on campus that is supposed to give you luck.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the most expensive campus in the UW-System, but how valuable is your education? You may be paying a bit more, but it is not for nothing, You will be graduating from one of the best programs in the area. Getting this type of education, academic and cultural, will help you through life and a career.

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone at this campus, there are many, many, opportunity for things to do in the student unions, as well as D1 sports, clubs and inter-mural sports. There are over 850 student organizations and if that is not enough for you, there is also a thriving entertainment basis within the city of madison.

    Food and Dining

    Between restaurants in the area around the campus and the food services, you could never run out of choices. Pizza, wings and spaghetti are a given. But Afghan food? Mediterranean? Right on campus? That perfectly describes Madison's diverse dining and cultural aesthetic.

    Dorm Life

    Though I have not lived in a dorm yet, the dorm I am living in, while small, is very exciting. I have the opportunity to live in a learning community and that opens a lot of doors for special class sections, better tutoring, and a feeling that is consistent through the whole dorm that education is the most important part about college.

    Academic Rigor

    Your education at UW-Madison is whatever you make it. In my opinion, the amount of classes that Madison has, gives a range of rigor for any young mind. Madison is one of the best colleges in Wisconsin and the Mid-west, any graduate department would be encouraged by a Madison Diploma.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Make sure that you study for your ACT. DO NOT SLACK IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR! Make sure you tour the campus before you decide that its for you. Also, check out the dorms before you move in!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and large, but it still has a small town feel with the adorable shops and the art fairs. The classes are challenging, the current students are friendly and helpful. Student life is rumbling with opportunity for clubs, enjoyment, and student orgs for any interest possible.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Joining hoofers is a great way to learn a lot of different sports/activities as well a meeting more people. There is also State St. for any shopping, eating, etc. You can always find something to do on or around campus.

    Food and Dining

    No matter where you are on campus, you can find something to eat using your wiscard. There are many different options from all around the world within and surrounding campus.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are super nice, you get to meet a bunch of different people and be close to them for the next 4 years.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but if you put in the right amount of time and effort, you will do well and learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once on campus, join clubs, sports, etc. to get connected on campus.

    In three sentences

    I love UW- Madison! It is a great school with a great location and there are always things you can do!

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security when you need it, and I've never felt unsafe on campus. The cops also know that people are going out on the weekends and that there is a lot of underage drinking, but unless you are struggling to make it home or being belligerent on the streets, they will not stop you.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't huge on campus, but the people I know who are a part of it really enjoy it. There are many schools where this is more important, but it's just a small part of our campus environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of research opportunities for science majors and internships at businesses and political organizations throughout the city. Because it's the capitol, there are a lot of work related opportunities. There are also hundreds of clubs to join ranging from cheese eating to sports to art to drama to politics. Everyone can find something they want to be involved in. Volunteerism is also big, and there is a huge campus volunteering center with information about all of the opportunities both on a local and national level.

    Great for these types of students

    Madison is great for outgoing students who also care a lot about their academics. There is a work hard to play hard mentality, and during the school week people are extremely focused on their homework, studying for exams, extracurriculars, and other classroom related activities, but on the weekends people let loose, have a few drinks, and enjoy the college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students rub Abe Lincolns foot for luck before exams, jump around in Camp Randall stadium, lay out on Bascom hill, and through huge parties on Mifflin Street and Halloween. There are a large variety of locations throughout campus and the downtown area that we always go to, and there are always new places popping up that we can try.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is one of the top public universities in the world, and I know that when I graduate people will look highly upon my degree. All colleges are expensive, but Madison is comparably less than most other large universities.

    What to do for fun

    Sports games are a huge deal here, especially football, basketball, and hockey. There are also a lot of concerts and other performances around campus and throughout the city. Because the capitol is so close, there are always festivals around the square the students can take full advantage of. Clubs and student organizations also provide a lot of opportunities for new activities. Madison is also known as a great party school, and most students enjoy going out on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    There were new dining halls built this year for freshman that have a lot more variety and a new, modern atmosphere. State street has tons of restaurant and nearly any type of food you can imagine including Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, and East African cuisine. There is always a new place to try if you're looking to go out. Madison also has a great Farmer's Market on Saturday morning with famous loaves of spicy cheese bread.

    Dorm Life

    There have been a lot of new dorms built recently and new dining halls as well. Old dorms are still around, and they still offer comfortable living. University housing is a great place to meet people and make new friends. A lot of students find their closest friends on their dorm floor freshman year and stay with them for the rest of their college career.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very challenging, but not impossible. A lot of studying is required to be successful, and it's a big change from the level of work needed to perform well in a high school class. There are a lot of resources at your disposal to help if you're struggling though. There are campus tutors, small discussion sections, and both TA and professor office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on writing a good personal statement and being involved throughout high school. Everyone that applies to Madison has good grades and a solid ACT score, so the other aspects of your application are the ones that will make you stand out.

    In three sentences

    Madison has a bit of everything. There is a great atmosphere, killer sports teams, tons of clubs and activities, and a lively city to match the energy of the students that live there. Everyone is friendly and helpful which makes living and learning here an amazing experience.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The football games are definitely fun. Getting involved in STLF (Students Today Leaders Forever) is a great way to volunteer, travel, and have fun moments. Also, Freak-fest during Halloween is a great experience!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options for food and dining! Also a ton of variety on what kind of food, never gets boring!

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorms but I have heard from other classmates that it's excellent and you meet most of your college friends there.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can be intense but in a good way. I have learned a lot while attending college here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in any way you can! This especially helps when you're new to the campus and since it is a bigger campus in Wisconsin joining clubs or volunteering is a good way to get to know others.

    In three sentences

    If you like sports and a great downtown city life then the University of Wisconsin-Madison is for you. Courses are challenging and most of the professors are pretty great. Also, the campus is in view of the Capitol which is an amazing sight!

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are at least 5 or more events going on everyday for students, and they are free! They have free food at most events (way to save money as a college student!), so attend and join organizations that sponsor those free events. Each floor of the dormitories have dens(studying areas) and you may socialize and watch T.V in the den as well.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls, which includes Gordon Commons, the most famous of them all, has delicious fattening food and it's fairly cheap too, discounted for students living in the dorms!

    Dorm Life

    If you are freshman, most likely your whole dorm will be full of freshman also. Everyone is very communicative so you need to be too. Go to Gordon Commons(cafeteria) and grab lunch with a friend. They have floor meeting and plan fun activities, so attend them and have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone is competing, but you are the best that's why you're all here. There are many available resources for you and you just have to utilize them.

    Tips for prospective students

    When going out, make sure to have a friend or be with a group of friends. Ask questions, no question is a dumb question. Come out of your comfort zone. Explore your career and interests!

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of Madison a 9 out of 10, the campus is so lively, morning, day, and night, everyday 7days a week. Madison is amazing so far, there are always free events for students to attend to! And on top of that, Madison campus is very safe, and even if you don't feel safe, there is Safe Walk, you can call and they will be there in 2-4 minutes to accompany and walk you home!

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never heard of a problem!

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm involved in a couple political groups and the Wolfpack Film club, and I haven't got a single complaint.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want a step between high school and the rigor of four year universities will find a great home here. It's also the best place for adults looking to get back into education and complete their first or an additional degree.

    Bang for the buck

    So much freakin' value at MATC! As someone who hates to be financially unstable, I can say that this place knows what it's doing.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of great clubs and Madison is a great city for young people.

    Food and Dining

    Three different places to eat here on the Truax campus, an organic option, a sports bar option, and your typical cafeteria. Seems pretty good!

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know! Most people commute to this school.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a great transition school from high school or regular daily adult life to get back into the swing of college. The programs are great and if you're planning on transferring to a four year college, this is definitely the place to start.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be independent! Try not to go to the administration for help with everything, it will just slow you down. Don't be afraid to try things for yourself.

    In three sentences

    It's definitely going to be your first step into the real world if you're fresh out of high school. There are people of all ages and backgrounds here, which can be very beneficial to your education as a human being! It's a great transition school.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is a huge part of Madison, everyone takes it seriously and expects each student to do their part in keeping our campus safe.

    Greek Life

    Its everywhere, they want you if you want them. Tons of options, and its a great way to make a family.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every student org under the sun is offered at UW Madison, and if you can't find it, the university will let you create it!

    Great for these types of students

    Libraries just around the corner, and have the beauty of a lake escape only a few blocks away! pick a party dorm, or one that is more on the quiet side! Live your college experience how you want to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Take your seat on Abe Lincoln's lap at the top of Bascom Hill once you graduate, and become part of an outstanding community!

    Bang for the buck

    Life at Mad-town is what you want it to be. They have tons of free events going on all of the time, but it shows in your tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Student Organizations up the wazooo! you can find things for free, or things that are more willing to take a load off of your wallet. Its all about what you want and how bad you want it!

    Food and Dining

    Everything is so good and homemade in the dining halls makes for the best mashed potatoes!

    Dorm Life

    Super clean and everyone is sooooo nice. But you have to be outgoing and put yourself out there! say HI to everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range from simple and easy to work-your-butt-off-6-hours-a-day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and don't be afraid to try new things! Grow as a person and a student here at the big UW!

    In three sentences

    Its a fantastic school! All of the resources are astounding! So many opportunities at the fingertips of everyone.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    At least that's what I'm told.

    What to do for fun

    If you have cash, like to party, and/or drink, there are a lot of opportunities to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. I tend to buy groceries and eat healthier.

    Dorm Life

    I'm disappointed in the dorm life. I think I must have gotten on the misfit dorm and we don't seem to be doing anything together.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged by the classes I am taking but am doing well in all of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a huge school with a lot of socialization so in order to get an accurate look at the atmosphere make sure you visit while classes are in session. If possible, stay the weekend too.

    In three sentences

    U of WI-Madison has a lot to offer and I've really enjoyed my classes so far. It is definitely a party school and it is difficult to connect with those that do not want that type of socialization.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    University of Wisconsin offers services such as Safe Walk so you never feel the need to walk alone-- no matter what time of night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life, although small, is a prominent part of the Langdon Street Block. With 11 different sororities and countless fraternities, Greek Life provides an outlet to meeting new people without the feeling overwhelming a student's schedule.

    Clubs and Activities

    University of Wisconsin has clubs of all flavors. These range from Dairy Club, to Student Peers in Laid-Back Listening (SPILL), a peer based venting service, to Cheese Tasting, Intramural sports, and so much more. You've want to find a niche? Wisconsin's got it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Innovative, and Creative students will do well at the University of Wisconsin. We're a community of 40,000 go-getters!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Helen C. White Library, also known as College Library has a love-related claim to fame. As the story goes, every student is destined to find their sober soul mate while studying at the social and well-lit Helen C. White.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Wisconsin has it all- B1G Ten sports, a beautiful Terrace, Bascom Hill for students to hang out, and a charged up, active student body. On, Wisconsin!

    What to do for fun

    B1G Ten sports- hockey, football, and basketball are of the most popular. Enjoy a wrap, pitcher, or just the sunset at the Terrace. Madison is an eclectic community that has the perks of a capitol city, college town, and local oddities.

    Food and Dining

    In Madison, State Street has all you could ever want-- chains such as Potbelly's Sandwich Works, Forever Yogurt, and Chipotle, etc. but also more locally unique delights such as Mediterranean Cafe (Med Caf), Sunroom (a healthy dream), Amy's Cafe (delicious wraps and salads), and of course famous All-American joints such as Nitty Gritty Bar and Grill, Dotty's Dumpling Dowry, and State Street Brats.

    Dorm Life

    Whether you live in University Housing or Private Dorms, your time living in Wisconsin's dorms will be unforgettable. There is nothing quite like the freedom of freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Wisconsin is academically competitive to say the least. Regardless of your major or academic focus, Wisconsin has the best and the brightest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a FIG your freshman year. It not only combines classes for you in one easy bundle, but allows you to get to know students on a smaller, more personal level, rather than being thrown into a 300 person lecture.

    In three sentences

    At University of Wisconsin-Madison we work hard to play hard. UW is a has rigorous academics, large class sizes, and a work ethic that no other school or university can match. The campus and school spirit are unparalleled.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Only tour I have taken where I enjoyed every single aspect. Beautiful campus, people and community. My dream school.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No worries, corps are always around to patrol. During the night, there are safecab, safe ride bus, safe walk! There are even safeguards walk you back home during the night!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of organizations that you can choose to participate!

    Great for these types of students

    There is always free food around!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go Badgers, red is everywhere! From the young to the elderly, they are wearing red!

    Bang for the buck

    Come here and you will never regret!

    What to do for fun

    Winter we have snow! Snowday is the best, summer we have Mendota lake by campus and music played by the lakeside almost everyday. Fall we have football season as we have great college football teams here!

    Food and Dining

    Madison State street is famous for different kinds of food, ranging from Asian to European, Italian, Mediterranean and even Greek food!

    Dorm Life

    It was great indeed that I made a lot of friends from dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student in UW Madison, school can be tough but you will be happy by end of day because you learned from brilliant students and professors. A lot of big companies will search for talented student each year in UW Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    Play Hard, Study Hard

    In three sentences

    Great city campus with a lot state of the art facilities. I am an Engineering student and professors here are extremely helpful. It is a very conducive study environment for college campus life.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Madison offers a SAFEwalk program that will accompany to and from your destination if you ever need it. Campus police and city police also patrol campus frequently to make sure that everything is running smoothly.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are awesome and range from those who like to eat cheese to politics to helping out the global community. If there isn't a club for you, make one up because chances are someone else is thinking that a club like that should exist.

    Great for these types of students

    UW-Madison is great for all types of students. Despite the large size of some lectures, you can actually ask questions in lectures and the actual professors are available for you to talk to; even outside of office hours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year in the fall is a Zombie versus Humans game that is played among the few brave souls. I don't participate but I do get a kick out of seeing people chase each other around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is a student friendly city and campus that constantly works to enhance your experience. You can get meals for really cheap and the abundance of events provide chances for you to score free food almost weekly. Also the price of tuition is amazing for all the academic opportunities and services available.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options for fun. One thing I like to do is check out the student org fair and sign up for updates so I always know when that org is having an event just in case I am unable to make a ful time comitment to the org. If orgs are not your thing I suggest you check out State street or the T.IT.U ( Today In The Union) for other fun events.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great. If you ever find something that tastes horrible, please contact me. The variety of food is diverse and in some places can be met to fit your taste. Dining places also are cleaned frequently and most of the time offer ample room for you to enjoy your meal without feeling confined.

    Dorm Life

    I've never stayed in the dorms but from the little bits I have experienced they are really nice. The people are usually considerate and there are many community building activities and programs present in the dorms. There are even classes you can take within certain dorms that allow you to connect academically as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic staff at UW-Madison want you to succeed on every level possible so you are not only challenged in your school work but they challenge you to dig deeper and apply each lesson to your life. At times the work load may seem unbearable but you can do it all. Great accomplishments don't come easy. You have to work for each and every one of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything! Even if you are not that out going, do it anyways. College is a time for you to try and find out who you are. Exploring things while you in college is the best experience because you are independent yet you still don't have to face the real world. Also take advantage of the many free services offered such as the writing center. You are paying tuition to attend the school so you might as well use all resources to help you achieve your very best

    In three sentences

    Madison offers the big school network with the small school experience. There are always opportunities for expanding your horizons through academia and social fields. If you seek a prosperous experience apply to UW-Madison and join the badger nation.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I visited it the school and it is a nice campus. The atmosphere is great and the city if nice. There is a lake right by the school and it is right next to the city.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    103 of 208

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I honestly could not feel any safer on this campus. Not only are cops right outside of my building anytime there is anything even remotely close to being unsafe, they are constantly around all the time.

    Greek Life

    I personally am involved in Greek life, and I absolutely love it. While Greek life is big at UW-Madison, I also have a lot of friends who are not involved with the Greek community at all. Overall, it should not make or break your decision on coming to Madison because some people who think it is an essential part of their college experience don't end up joining, and some people who never thought that a sorority or fraternity would be a part of their college experience (me!) will end up loving it. While there is a lot of fun Greek events and lots of sororities and fraternities to join (and don't let the process of joining scare you away!), it is not essential to your college experience to join a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in five clubs, and I absolutely love it! It gives you plenty of opportunities to volunteer, get to know people, feel like more of a part of the campus, and have a lot of fun! Homecoming is a big time for clubs, and it really is a great time! You will love any club you decide is right for you, and there is a big org fair at the beginning of the year to help you find the ones you like (and get a lot of free stuff too!).

    Great for these types of students

    Many people think Madison is just a place for Liberals, don't let that stop you from coming here. I promise you both sides are represented. However, it is a very laid back community that is focused on academics, partying, football, community, Greek life, club activities, outdoors life, and what to do after getting your undergraduate degree. I honestly cannot name a specific group of people that would fit in here because I have friends here with so many different interests. UW Madison is really whatever you want to make it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    JUMP AROUND!! If you've never heard it, go listen to the song Jump Around by House of Pain! When that song plays, the entire student section if not stadium starts jumping around during football games! It registers on the richter scale every time! It is so fun!

    Bang for the buck

    People complain a lot about the price of Madison, but I honestly love this place and could not ask for anything better. A lot of the professors are research-based so they may not be the best professor in a large setting, but go to their office hours! They are extremely knowledgeable about the subject they are teaching and always willing to help you out! Also, the city you will live in is by far the best city around. You'll also be surprised by how much your unsegregated fees actually pay for, you're just responsible for taking advantage of those opportunities!

    What to do for fun

    When it is warm enough, get out on the lake! Rent a boat, go kayaking, go swimming, paddleboarding, anything! The lake is an awesome time! Also, head out to picnic point anytime you can! It is absolutely beautiful, and you will not regret the hike! Saturdays are Farmers' Market and Game days! Game days at Madison are the best days. Go to as many games as you can. I don't really care for football, and they're my favorite event too, so don't let that stop you from going! Also, if you join clubs and/or the Greek community, you will have socials to go to and lots of fun events planned for you. I am always busy, and I am always having fun!

    Food and Dining

    Gordon commons was just re-done, and it is really really nice now! It is awesome food, and the point system is awesome! Fresh Market is pretty much the only grocery store you do not need a car to get to, and it is overpriced, but it's also super convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to meet people but unless you live in Ogg or Smith, the dorms are pretty terrible on one side of campus, and the dorms on the Lakeshore side although nicer are farther away from everyone else, just closer to most classes. I loved living in the dorms though. I will always miss that year.

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty tough, but you can ALWAYS find someone to study with or someone else studying in College Library, even on Saturday night at midnight. Also, College Library is open 24 hours a day!

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to go Greek to have a good time on campus, but it is a good way to make friends quickly, and I recommend it especially for transfer students. Get involved! You'd be surprised how many people do more than just go to class. You will always be proud to have lived here, and you will never want to leave. Don't forget to go to the Farmers' Market on Saturdays!

    In three sentences

    It is an overall beautiful city with plenty to do all the time. There are lots of places to live all around the city, especially on campus. Between Greek life, organizations, sports team (intramural, club, and university), and classes you'll make friends fast!

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campus always has different activities that are going on that anyone can participate in! Everyday out side of the Kohl Center, kids are always playing pick-up games of soccer, football, ect. Also, on Saturdays in the fall, most of the student population takes part in cheering on the Badgers in football!

    Food and Dining

    The food is not typical dorm food. They have to many options that are always changing!

    Dorm Life

    The atmosphere is great!! People are so friendly and always have their doors open. We all go in not knowing anyone, so everyone wants to meet their life long friends! The people that are the head of the dorms always make sure to inform you on what is happening around campus and the RA's plan plenty of activities for their floor!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics wise, they make you work very hard. They also expect a lot from you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you go to this school if and only if you can handle it. It's a great school, but quite a difficult one with rigorous work.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great school! It's filled with so much school spirit and badger pride, as well as full of some of the smartest people I have ever met. A great atmosphere to be involved in.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UW-Police are committed to the safety of the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    over 800 student organizations

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans Vs. Zombies (epic Nerf Gun battle) Bascom Hill Snowball Fights

    What to do for fun

    Badger Games!! See the Capitol and walk down State Street to shop! Play ultimate Frisbee on Bascom Hill. Go for a run. Join a club. Go to the zoo. Walk by the lake along the Lakeshore Path. See the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Lots to do here!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. I still miss my home-cooked meals, but you can always use the kitchen in the dorm to cook if you don't want dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    I really like living in a dorm. Everyone is so nice here and it's great to live in a social dorm. I actually live in a learning community and the dorm pays for different activities for it's residents to get involved in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are very challenging. It's worth it though, because you know you're gaining an excellent education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your essays are both succinct and creative. It's better to have a shorter essay that tells the university something unique about you, and will make you stand out, than to have a long essay that says the same things everyone is writing about. Be original and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Madison is wonderful! There are so many opportunities to get involved, with over 800 student organizations, and tons of activities happening all the time. I'm never bored here.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Start early on the application.

    In three sentences

    Seems like an excellent school for pretty much anyone.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus and often see police patrolling around the dorms and buildings which adds to my comfort level of safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is popular here though I am not involved in it. My roommate is in a sorority and she loves it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from that anyone can find one that fits them. I am involved in a volunteer organization and am very pleased with it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like an academic challenge will succeed here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Saturday badger games at Camp Randall are like nothing else, it is a one of a kind experience along with many other traditions I am still learning about.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a very expensive University, but is one of the top in the country and the professors prove why. There are many class options and opportunities on this campus also.

    What to do for fun

    This is a great campus for all kinds of activities. There are clubs and organizations that are always running and there are many cool opportunities on campus to stay busy and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    I absolutely love the new Gordon Dining and Event Center here on campus and the selection of food is outstanding.

    Dorm Life

    The atmosphere is fun but also academically focused.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a challenging University but it encourages all students to compete and do their best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep on top of your school work, this is a top rated University for a reason, it is challenging.

    In three sentences

    I love this University. The level of intellect is outstanding. I have learned so much from my professors and my peers.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Madison has more to offer than one could imagine. From football games to a walk down State Street, there is always something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    Madison's campus is full of dining halls and cafes. If you count all of the restaurants on State Street, you will never run out of somewhere to go!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very well organized and help you get used to college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Even the most general classes take a lot of work, but if you put in the effort, you will succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    At any college or institution, get involved. The more things you do on campus, the more you will get in return.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great place to develop yourself from a student to an adult. The atmosphere on campus is unbelievably fun and upbeat. Although the lectures are large, professors are always willing to meet outside of class.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, always resources to find health and safety information.

    Great for these types of students

    Sociable students or students who want to become sociable

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing the school song, homecoming week, and Badger games!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities to do for students on weekdays and weekends for fun

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining sources are plentiful

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is extremely friendly and the facilities are clean and organized well

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be difficult but its a price to pay for a good education

    Tips for prospective students

    Anything you want to pursue can be done at Uw-Madison

    In three sentences

    Uw-Madison has great opportunities for students. The resources for both academics and extra activities are unlimited. Faculty and students are incredibly friendly.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Interested in a large school/campus/city Looking for academic rigor Looking for a balance of academics and partying

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Human vs. Zombies - look it up

    Bang for the buck

    Academically- yes Not worth living on campus - find an apartment!

    What to do for fun

    Badger Athletic events

    Tips for prospective students

    Study as much as possible, go to class as often as possible, take advantage of the many opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Overall, this is a great school. The academics are challenging, but good grades are attainable. I haven't been here long enough to make any other statements.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police are everywhere, and safewalk is always there when you need it.

    Greek Life

    The good thing about greek life here is that its great if your involved in it, but you don't have to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Name a club, they've got it.

    Great for these types of students

    People willing to work hard, but also have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bascom hill is where the annual snow ball fight occurs! It is also where the Abe Lincoln statue sits. Its a tradition that every graduate must take a picture in their cap and gown sitting in Abe's lap.

    Bang for the buck

    For a state school, Madison offers a top notch education at a low price.

    What to do for fun

    Your in Madison! Explore!

    Food and Dining

    A wide variety of food from all over the country.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, you could either love it or hate it.

    Academic Rigor

    The course load is hard, but the professors keep your attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect to work hard for academic achievement. Although the work load is rigorous, the satisfaction at the end is always worth it.

    In three sentences

    An exhilerating ride that includes making long lasting friends, experiencing new things, and learning from the best professors. This school creates memories that will last a lifetime, and friendships that will never fail. You will never want to leave this place.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to Badger games, becaues your experience will be incomplete without it. Walk State Street and the lakeshore path. One of the greatest things about Madison is that you can go from downtown to lakeside in less than five minutes.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the two newest large dining halls has improved immensly. Lots of options, and they're not all normal dining hall foods. There are lots of ethnic options here!

    Dorm Life

    It's absolutely amazing, but the party scene is huge here, so if you plan on studying on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, bring noise-cancelling headphones! Otherwise, have fun with everyone else.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but they wouldn't admit you if you weren't up to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades and academics are definitley a huge part of admissions, but they are not the only thing considered. Involvment is crucial to your acceptance to Madison. Volunteering and student orgs are a very big part of campus life.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison has everything in one place--a vibrant community, rigorous academics, and the craziest sports fans in the nation.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As I said earlier, Badgers really look out for one another and I always feel safe. There are also always plenty of police officers around campus.

    Greek Life

    We have a very active Greek life with many sororities and fraternities who are very dedicated to academics, philanthropy and their social lives.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who enjoy both city life and being in nature. Students who are avid sports fans will fit right in. On this campus, Badgers look out for one another and even though you're joining a school of 40,000, everyone makes you feel right at home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, after the first big snowfall, both sides of campus have a massive snowball fight on Bascom Hill. We also have many traditions at our sporting events.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless student activities going on all the time. We have a lot of fun, free events and because the school is located in the heart of Madison, there are a lot of other entertainment options. Also, we have great nature paths and are right on Lake Mendota.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is pretty good but there are also and insane number of tasty restaurants located on State Street, just minutes from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Great environment with a lot of opportunities to get involved and meet new people. Most of the dorms are pretty nice and you have the option of living in a quiet, lake shore dorm or in a fast paced, Southeast dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be very challenging but if you put in the time and effort, they are manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you GO TO CLASSES and attend office hours as soon as you feel confused about anything. Also, go to as many sporting events as possible and enjoy the school spirit!

    In three sentences

    UW Madison is the best of both worlds. We have top notch professors and an environment that can't be beat. By attending school here, I am receiving the ultimate college experience.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a LOT to do here. With a lake on campus and State Street nearby, there are plenty of fun activities to choose from!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to double check what your advisers tell you. It's your job to make sure everything is up to date for your graduation, not theirs

    In three sentences

    A great school with good opportunities for a variety of majors.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Madison is my top choice school right now. It's a great school and has a pretty rigorous program. The price is really good, because you can get the education quality of a private school for the price of a state school.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    From what I saw on my tour, you should be able to find any type of food that you could possibly want.

    Academic Rigor

    Having not attended the school yet I am not sure of the answer. I have had two cousins graduate from Madison with Masters degrees and they thought that the curriculum for engineering was tough but not ridiculous.

    In three sentences

    Wow! This is a big campus! I very much enjoyed my school tour and was very impressed with the student guides knowledge of the campus. It is on my top 3 list of schools at this moment.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many options, from student organizations to sports games, there is something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging academically but the professors are helpful and available for for questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and check the statistics on acceptance.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an internationally recognized university that offers a plethora of opportunities for students. It is academically rigorous with hundreds of majors to choose from. It also offers many extracurricular opportunities to enrich learning and the college experience.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are really cool guys who are clearly just trying to look out for the students and they do a very good job. Safety is great.

    Greek Life

    Very strong Greek system.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student organizations ranging from Geography Club, to sailing club, to club sports, to B.E.A.R (bracelet making club), to photography club, to cheese club. There's quite a bit to do. On top of the organizations, there's also an overwhelming amount of things to do through other sources.

    Great for these types of students

    Truly there is niche for everybody. However, it does help to be somewhat outgoing. You need to be able to make yourself stand out as there are so many students. Also, you need to know what you want so that you can go and get it. There are no hand-outs here. It's not that it's not a friendly place, it's just that there is so much going on that if you don't assert yourself, it's hard to get any recognition. You should also have a deep appreciation for sports, traditions, and community if you go here. All three of these things play a big part into what makes our campus unique. If you are going to be a Badger, you need to love being a Badger.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump Around at the football games after 3rd quarter is awesome!!! Also, giant snow ball fights on Bascom hill on snow days are super fun. There are many more but I don't want to spoil them for when you get to find them out for yourself (like what you do when you graduate!) As far as locations, I'm in love with the German beer cellar style area of our Memorial Union called the Rathskeller. I also adore the Lakeshore path that goes around Lake Mendota and Pick-nick point where it ends up. I'm also a fan of the Chazen Museum of Art. The top of Observatory hill near the stone bench by the observatory overlooking Lake Mendota is quite beautiful as well. Of course there is also Science Hall, with is old and historic and full of geographic wonderfullness that I also quite enjoy. The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is pretty cool too. I'm just going to stop because it would seriously take forever for me to describe all my favorite locations on campus. Honestly, it is not hard at all to find are area to call your own; the campus has all manner of locations ranging from urban to rural.

    Bang for the buck

    Public ivy = state school price (which if you are from out of state can be pretty expensive depending on where you are from, but is really relatively low when compared to almost any private school) + world class education (Higgs bosson? yeah that was us. Stem cells? Yeah, that was us. Robinson Map Projection? [don't judge, I'm a geography major] Yeah, that was us. I could continue for quite a while...)

    What to do for fun

    Come on, it's Madison. Football games are the first that come to my mind, they're huge. Aside from that though, all of the sports are pretty darn fun to watch. Other than sports, we have movies on campus, theater, opera, concerts, live bands, a nature preserve, a lake, wind surfing, gyms, hundreds of student organizations, parties (it must and should be said!), art museums, and the list goes on. What to do for fun? Take your pick!

    Food and Dining

    For a state school, I was really impressed by the food. Dining services do a fantastic job with what they are given. The a-la carte cafeteria system works much better than a meal plan in my opinion as well. Also, if you don't want to eat a university affiliated venue, there is the wonderful State Street right on campus with a plethora of fantastic restaurants. There are also plenty of places to buy groceries if you just want to make your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great, you meet a ton of people, but almost all upperclassmen (juniors and up) live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    They don't take education lightly here. UW-Madison has a reputation to uphold and you will find that out quickly if you aren't prepared to work in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an idea for what you want to do when you get to school; it's easy to get lost in the whirlwind of things to do. Also, don't be completely undecided about your major, that puts you at risk for getting behind. Be social!! Make friends not only with your peers (which is pretty easy to do) but also with your professors and TAs if you can.

    In three sentences

    Going here has been the best decision I have ever made. This school really does live up to its reputation as a public ivy league and students are presented with so many different opportunities. Go Badgers!

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In spite of the fact that Madison is a larger city it has many programs to keep people safe. There are escort services for night-time walks from the library, and key card locks on all of the dorms. There are emergency call booths around campus with fast responses. In addition, city police are always present at bigger events such as Halloween and security in the dorms is increased.

    Greek Life

    There are many different Greek organizations present at UW-Madison. There are both social and professional groups. The professional groups are a great way to get to know the staff and create a life-long network within your discipline.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Activities at UW-Madison are truly fantastic and so I give them a 5/5. They have all sorts of activities for every type of person from cheese club to belly dance, from Russian club to gamer club and from volunteer clubs to inter-mural, club and varsity sports. They have a big event where hundreds of clubs have booths at the Kohl Center at the beginning of the year and it is very easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    UW-Madison is a great school for motivated and independent people. It is a school full of opportunities for those who are not afraid to seek them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a gigantic snowball fight in the middle of campus every year as soon as snow permits, and the bell tower has a concert everyday around 1pm and plays all sorts different songs.

    Bang for the buck

    The university is large and therefore somewhat expensive, but there are almost limitless opportunities if you just seek them out. Whether its research, internships or co-ops with the university or local industries, or government involvement and volunteerism. In addition, the university provides health services, fitness services and many events that are paid for by tuition. All of these services are great to make having fun and staying healthy easy while you are at school.

    What to do for fun

    The downtown area is very fun. There are museums, theaters, and farmers markets. There are concerts for everyone from classical to pop and from local bands to big names. There are plenty of restaurants and shops downtown and a few big malls only a bus ride away. In addition there are sports year round including hockey, basketball and of course badger Football. Not to mention the gorgeous lakes and trails that surround the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very affordable the dining halls for dorm residents, but expensive for non-dorm residents. There are many campus-run cafes and restaurants all around campus that are great for lunch and for the most part affordable. The food has a good mix of healthy and unhealthy options. Most of the dairy products are made on campus and the ice cream is excellent. There are many different options from many corners of the world off campus as well. Over all the food is great if you know where to look this is why the Food at UW-Madison receives a 3/5.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different options for housing at UW-Madison. They have quiet and loud neighborhoods and different levels of amenities. The cheapest rooms are still expensive and the dorms are cramped, but the experience is valuable. Having a community to come home to and an older House Fellow to advise you and help you adjust are very important. This is why I give dorm life a 4/5.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is academically very strong. There are easier classes, but there are honors programs and classes to really stretch your abilities. There are entry level classes to get you up to speed in weaker areas and plenty of ways to earn credit for things you already know. In addition there are many different options for any remaining general credits. The higher level classes are challenging but very rewarding so I give Madison a 4/5.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very large university, but it can be made much smaller by seeking organizations that speak to you. Living the dorms may be cramped and a little crazy, but the activities put on by the hall and the resident adviser (House Fellow) that lives on your floor can really help you adjust to the city and college life in general. UW-Madison is a great choice for school it is strong both academically and socially.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is open, diverse and unique with a club or community for everyone. The university is research oriented and has many opportunities for many different disciplines and plenty of classes for all interests from African dance to nuclear engineering. In addition, Madison is a very fun city with plenty of opportunities to get involved outside of the university.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Has its own police force, and free Safewalks home with escorts.

    Greek Life

    Greek row is always rocking.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally hundreds to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, hard players.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween weekend is intense, and when you graduate you kiss lincolon on Bascom Hill.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent well rounded programs.

    What to do for fun

    Anything from student orgs, to free movies at the Marquee, to weekend party fun.

    Food and Dining

    Highest area per square mile of restaurants. And each has its own charm.

    Dorm Life

    Lakeshore is the best for balanced study and fun. Excellent atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your program, but most are competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an inquisitive and open mind.

    In three sentences

    Excellent location and area, perfect for small town students ready to make the next step. Hard but fair science and Math Programs. Fun place on the weekends.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a program called SafeWalk that will send someone to walk you home anytime before 1 AM. I always walk home with a friend just to be safe and smart.

    Greek Life

    I am a part of a sorority and absolutely love it. Although it is not as big as schools in the south, we still uphold traditions and have socials and formals. I have met very good friends through my time in my sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everybody and you can start up your own club with just three more people if you can't find what you're looking for!

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving and hard working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing Varsity during football games. The Lakeshore v. Southeast snowball fight. Sledding down Bascom Hill. Mifflin Block Party. Freakfest. FU/ES chant during football games. Bucky doing push ups.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything about Madison is absolutely wonderful. Need I say more?

    What to do for fun

    If you join a sorority or fraternity you have to opportunity to attend socials and formals which can add spice to your weekend. In the fall, Badger football season tickets are hot items and the games can be some of the best memories of your life. You can stroll down State St. and, when you are of age, enjoy the bars lining it. There is so much fun packed into one city in Madison.

    Food and Dining

    The ice cream is made directly on campus and so is the milk so all the dairy is fresh, fresh, fresh! There is a plethora of choices for you to choose for your meal, from burgers to tacos to omelets to Asian cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the best things I have every experienced. I have met great friends and have had plenty of fun times in the dorms. It is a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are tough, but A's are completely reachable. Studying is a must!

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip to prospective students is to study hard and study strong now in high school. If you do not learn to work hard in high school, you will not fair well in college. The rigorousness of some classes may take you as a surprise if you do not come prepared.

    In three sentences

    The most fun, exciting time I have ever had in my life was here in Madison, Wisconsin. The academics are challenging, and the students work hard, but on the weekends everyone enjoys a good time. I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is small in comparison to the students on campus but it feels huge once you are involved. The Greek life feels like a huge extended family and is a great opportunity on many levels.

    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play hard type of students.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive for out of state students, and they rarely give financial aid/scholarships to OOS students but I would argue its completely worth it for the well-respected education you will receive.

    Food and Dining

    So many good & quick food places around state street. Noodles, Cosi, and of course Ian's Pizza. Also the dorm food isnt that bad! They have so many choices and a fresh fruit bar; Its hard to get bored with the options.

    Dorm Life

    In the dorms, you will find some of your best friends for life. In the southeast campus dorms (Witte, Sellery, etc.) almost everyone has their doors open 24/7 and it is very easy to make friends. Lakeshore dorms is a bit more quiet, perfect for studying and a bit far away from main campus. However, it is just as easy to meet people, just make sure you work a bit harder at it!

    Academic Rigor

    Students are able to find the easiest general education classes to take but plenty of these requirements challenge you. While taking an fairly easy (grade-wise) writing class, I definitely see my writing improving. For other larger classes, however, C is the average. It all depends on which classes you take and how hard you want to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    In your application, explain something interesting and different about yourself to make you stand out! Also if you get deferred, don't give up hope! I was deferred and later accepted a few months later!

    In three sentences

    UW - Madison is academically challenging while still having an exciting campus. This is one of the most prestigious of the BIG 10 schools as well. Basically, at UW - Madison you will get a well-respected education for the future with plenty of fun stories to tell your friends as the years go by.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One great tradition is fifth quarter, when the UW marching band plays after a home football game. Another fun tradition is the snowball fight on Bascom Hill that only happens on snow days when classes are cancelled.

    What to do for fun

    - Student organization activities - Walking/running the Lakeshore path - Sailing on Lake Mendota - Shopping on State St. - Badger sport games - too much to list

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is actually pretty decent and affordable. Also, Madison offers a plethora of unique cuisine. (Just check out State St.)

    Dorm Life

    I can tell you from experience, there is a dorm to meet every student's need. Like the hustle and bustle of the city? Choose dorms like Witte or Ogg. Would you rather a smaller, quieter atmosphere? The Lakeshore dorms are the place to be!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are tough, but certainly manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Get involved! - Watch out for bikers. - Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to your professors. Give them a face to your name.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is an epicenter for opportunities. From the hundreds of student-run organizations to the Madison farmers market, there are opportunities for every student to find their niche at the university and to make Madison their home. Take advantage of the education, resources, and social atmosphere the university has to offer.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The whole time I've been going to this campus I have never once felt endangered even though I come from a small town and this is a big city. If you do however there are programs like safe walk where a boy and a girl will walk you from wherever you are to your home to ensure you make it there safely.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State Street is my favorite location in Madison. It was about a 5 minute walk from my dorm and it leads directly to the capital building. Not only is it extremely beautiful, but it also holds many cool events and is full of restaurants and stores.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say overall while comparing it to my other friends' experiences at other schools, mine was far superior to theirs. Madison has so much to offer no matter what type or person you are.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I hung out with my new friends. We explored the town. There is never nothing to do on State Street. There are endless shops there with everything you could think of. Another fun aspect of UW Madison is the atmosphere during game days. Coming from a school who's football team hardly ever won a game put me in complete awe of the amount of spirit this school brings to the table. If you don't wear red on game day you will stick out from the crowd.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good, but being a vegetarian I felt I was eating a lot of the same foods. I eventually started cooking my own food in the kitchen in the downstairs of my dorm building.

    Dorm Life

    This was one of my favorite parts of attending UW Madison. You'e surrounded by tons of new people so making friends is extremely easy. However if you're looking for a more quiet laid back experience I would suggest living in the Lakeshore dorms versus the ones in Southeast.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely have to try to succeed but the teachers always are able to see you for help during office hours to discuss curriculum and grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest making study groups with the people in your classes because chances are one of them will understand something you're learning that you don't and vis-versa.

    In three sentences

    I went into this school not knowing much about it besides it was more challenging to get into than most other schools I had looked at. I recommended UW Madison to all of my friends applying this year because not only does it have superb academics with amazing teachers, but the students there are far superior to those I've met from my other friends' universities. Madison is always welcoming and it's very easy to network and succeed with the support system you create.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    pretty safe. open campus though.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many! sports, sororities, dances, and school involved activities/clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds. smart students looking for long-term education. Short term education-seeking students wanting to push through college and earn a degree fast.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a twitter account for our school.

    Bang for the buck

    Education is always worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    So many events in and out of school to attend and places to go in Madison!

    Food and Dining

    Everything is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm but i have many friends that do and they love it in Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check online for everything school related, things are very hybrid nowadays. Make sure to go into school and look for classes so you have a good sense of direction.

    In three sentences

    Madison College has a great student body that gets very involved in activities. They have a wide variety of career choices. There are many different campuses for people to attend.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The number one rule about Madison is USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM, especially on the weekends! I cannot stress enough how important it is to have someone else aware of where you are. For me, I have walked plenty of places by myself at night and have never felt threatened or in danger. You just have to be smart about it.

    Greek Life

    Not many students choose Greek Life in Madison; it comes out to roughly 10%. But there are plenty of fraternities and sororities to pick from, let's make that clear.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I said before, there are over 800 to choose from. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

    Great for these types of students

    UW Madison is a place where the hustle and bustle never stops. There are always things happening, you just need to know where to look. Also on the weekends, it can get pretty crazy. So make sure to utilize the buddy system.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition that I will do in a couple of years is kissing Abe's foot for completing my undergrad degree.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is for sure an expensive college for me, but it also offers a lot of different scholarship opportunities. Another cool thing is finding coupons online, or just being smart about which grocery stores you shop at.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I begin? Let's start off with Madison's 800+ student orgs and activities. Plus State Street. Plus sports games, ice skating, working out, trying our restaurants, sleeping, intramural sports, walking along Lakeshore path, swimming, playing catch or frisbee outside on the grass. The list really is endless.

    Food and Dining

    It is affordable because of living in the dorms, and it is usually close by to wherever you are. There are lots of little cafes and eateries scattered around campus, so you basically have your pick. And I cannot forget to mention State Street has a PLETHORA of dining options.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a dorm with around 80 people, 3 floors, 2 boys and 1 girl. I definitely like how close-knit it has become with some of the people. And others I never even see or knew they lived in my dorm! It does get loud at times, but hey, everybody is here to have a good time. There are TONS of places to study if you just can't focus in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is definitely tough and very competitive. Be sure to do your homework regularly; find people in your lectures or discussions to study with. It doesn't matter if high school was easy for you, it was pretty much easy for everyone who attends here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with the foot traffic; don't be that one person that slows everybody down. UW Mad is a fast-paced campus. Be sure to research possible career paths early. I know everybody says this, but they say it because it is TRUE!!

    In three sentences

    I love how big of a campus Madison is, and all of the people that I get to meet/work with everyday. Madison has some of the best school spirit, included when I attend football, hockey, basketball, volleyball games or other sporting events. I really like the diversity of the classes too.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are different organizations that are dedicated to student safety, many safety poles around campus, and the campus police.

    Clubs and Activities

    Our school has a student organization for almost anything and if there isn't then the process of making one is very simple. The organizations are easy to join and very fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every winter, the lake shore side and the southeast side of campus duke it out in a giant snowball fight for Bascom, which is the center hill on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Most definitely! You will receive an amazing education and have a great experience at the same time.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends and go to different events for fun. Our house fellows in our dorms do a great job of planning fun things for us to do based on our interests. Also, Madison has so many opportunities for getting involved. There are so many clubs, but there is always the opportunity to create more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are nice because you do not need a meal plan, you just pay for what you want which is nice because you are not obligated to get food that you will not eat. The food can be monotonous, but it is still good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! It is very easy to make friends and everyone seems to be really social.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, classes are interesting and fun, but you need to study and work hard to get an A. Spending the time, working hard will really pay off in the end and you will appreciate it.

    Tips for prospective students

    High school strategies for exams and classes won't really work here; working hard will get your far. Also, this is like your second home, so make sure that this is where you want to be.

    In three sentences

    UW Madison is amazing! Personally, this school was the best choice for me academically and socially.

  • 02/27/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Explore there is something for everyone.!

    Food and Dining

    Its not your mothers cooking, but what is? There are many different options to choose from in the cafe and there are restaurants if you get bored with the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    The people are friendly and open. Do not go to the school with a closed mind. Do not be afraid to open up.!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and will require you to study your butt off but it is so worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just have fun. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and have an open mind.

    In three sentences

    I love everything about this school from academics to the social life. My friends who have attended feel the same way. This is a place where you can pave the road to a bright future.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    For a state university with a great reputation, it's a great price.

    Dorm Life

    Many different dorm options to fit exactly what you're looking for. With singles, doubles, suites, Southeast, Lakeshore, etc Madison has housing to fit everyone's preferences.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's a ranked one of the top schools in the world on several lists, and comes at a fairly cheap price, especially if you're a Wisconsin resident!

    What to do for fun

    Sports are a big part of this campus. The football games are something that you will not find on any other campus. Drinking and night life is also a huge part of this campus, but not the only thing. Arts and theater is also something commonly found on campus or just down towards the capitol.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is actually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dirty sometimes, but definitely fun and a space for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    The studies can be very hard, but as long as students are checking in with advisors and professor's office hours, things are manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to not get caught up in the culture of the school. Attacking your grades first is helpful in making the rest of your career at Madison successful. Also, really utilize the advisors; they're here for students needs!

    In three sentences

    Madison is definitely a 'work hard play hard' school. The students know how to study hard and enjoy their breaks even harder. Getting involved on this campus is the move fun and rewards thing to do here.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You get a certain about of free cab rides at night and there is a safe walk program. If you utilize it or walk home in groups you shouldn't have trouble. There are also some emergency buttons around campus. Just don't walk the lake shore path alone at night.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about it but there are a lot of houses to choose from and they are very active in philanthropy.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything! There is an outing club that goes on backpacking and climbing and boating trips together. There is a club for just about any profession or hobby and you can start your own if there isn't one.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are politically liberal you will definitely find a lot of friends here and a lot of causes to get involved in. You will likely be very happy at Madison. If you are not, however, you will be very unhappy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have our own ice cream that is delicious and that you can buy at the union. Everyone is really into the UW band, which is really good and makes games extra fun. They do a fifth quarter after every football game where they play pep-band songs and everyone dances.

    Bang for the buck

    Well it is like any college. Unless you get a really specific degree or know where you are going career wise it really doesn't get you anywhere.

    What to do for fun

    Well there is always sports. Also, the union is always showing movies for free and inviting interesting speakers. Billy Collins did a poetry reading. I also heard some big hollywood producer speak. There are also many plays and other performances to be seen at the union theaters or at the Overture Center. We also have a comedy club and an awesome art museum. Not to mention the lake. So many boating activities.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is pretty darn good and you can get any type of cuisine you want. You can also find any type of food at the numerous restaurants on State Street and all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    If you like to party the southeast dorms are great for that. You can definitely make a lot of friends on you floor. I think that the dorms by the lake are a little more laid back and the views are gorgeous. There are always groups getting together to grill or play volleyball outside and to go out to the games or parties.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I hear and have experienced, UW-Madison is just as vigorous as any ivy league school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a lot of different clubs, especially ones related to your planned career.

    In three sentences

    Campus life is great and you will find some professors that you really like, but most professors are somewhat arrogant and think that they are super special because they use a lot of big words. They dislike giving A's and will take away points for no apparent reason. I get the feeling this is true of most colleges, however...

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the beautiful city and see the capitol building!

    Food and Dining

    It's pretty decent food wise, nothing like homemade though!

    Dorm Life

    This will vary from person to person! I love it, but if you're not social, you may not like it!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a difficult school, but it is nationally accredited and worth the arduous work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a lot of hard work, but also be prepared to offer yourself some free time during your studies!

    In three sentences

    It is a fantastic school that is full of opportunities. You can meet friends of a lifetime, and get a great education too! It is worth the winter time weather!

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe walking about on campus, even at night.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is reasonable. Madison is definitely the highest rated university in the Wisconsin state system.

    What to do for fun

    The student unions and nearby music venues are always hosting great events. There's always something for everyone, whether it be a guest visit from the Dali Lama, or an Avicii concert!

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is pretty good. There is a lot of variety and food prices are reasonable for students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are centrally located and there is convenient access to everything you need- cafeterias, laundry rooms, kitchens, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Badgers take academics seriously, but also know how to have a good time. We definitely live by the work hard, play hard motto!

    Tips for prospective students

    As a freshman, take advantage of the opportunities to meet new people- live in the dorms, go to social events, etc. It will really help you make the campus feel smaller if you know more people!

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a great place to study. The faculty and facilities are top-notch and the students here are fun and enthusiastic. There is a great sense of community and school pride here.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe, and the university actually has volunteers that will walk other students home if they feel uncomfortable going alone.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at Madison is unmatched, and getting involved is really easy. My advice is to try out as many frats/sororities as possible during rush week.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a bunch of clubs and activities offered throughout campus, and you can be as involved as you'd like. I highly recommend the Cheese Club, where you spend every other Wednesday night eating as much cheese as you'd like.

    Great for these types of students

    UW-Madison is truly a diverse campus, and it really has a niche for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freakfest. Mifflin. Any Badger game day. Trust me, all of your friends will want to come and visit you instead of you visiting them. Can you really blame them though?

    Bang for the buck

    UW-Madison is more expensive than the other in-state campuses, but it's worth every buck. From the tailgates on Badger football game days to the all you can eat Cheese Club, Madison's got it all.

    What to do for fun

    It's pretty much impossible not to have a good time at Madison. The weekends are always insane, but a lot of people don't realize that week nights can get crazy too.

    Food and Dining

    Try to avoid the dining halls as much as you can. The food is pretty inexpensive, but there's a reason for that. Also, never get sushi from the dining halls. It just ends badly.

    Dorm Life

    If you're a Freshmen wondering where to live, I'd highly suggest looking at the dorms. You meet a ton of new people and it's really easy to make new friends. If you want a rowdier, more hectic environment, look at the Southeast dorms (Witte (where I live(d)), Sellery, and Ogg). If you want a quieter home where it's easy to study and get assignments done, try the Lakeshore dorms (Liz Waters, Tripp, Adams, etc.).

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is really up to you. While most of the classes are challenging, there are some that are much easier than others. Look up your professors before enrolling for classes. It will help you tremendously!

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible. I know that it sounds cliche, but UW-Madison offers so many opportunities to get involved, and you can join as many or as few as you'd like. 2.) Keep up the classwork. It's really easy to take a week off and not do any work, but it comes back to bite you in the end. There's a lot of distractions on campus, so try to find the balance between work and play. 3.) Be open to everything. Living in the dorms will open you up to all sorts of new people and perspectives. Be open-minded and try new things.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin was the perfect choice for me and I would highly recommend it to prospective students. It's a great academic environment, yet it allows you to have a ton of social opportunities. The professors are highly qualified and the classes are challenging, but worth it.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I stayed on campus for 6 weeks and immediately knew it was the place to be. So much to do and explore; it's worth the money.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so nice! There are always ways to meet new friends, and they are some of the coolest people.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely not easy. It will challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply here soon. My friends didn't get the chance to apply until later and they missed the scholarship deadline for the school.

    In three sentences

    I cannot wait to go to Madison! Football games, tons of people, the atmosphere, all the learning, so many opportunities. Definitely going to be some of the best years of my life.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For being in a city? This school aims to make you feel safe. Late night free buses and free cab rides and plenty of well lit pathways make Madison one of the lowest crime rated cities in the nation.

    Greek Life

    Wisconsin has a lot of greek life on campus. The people involved are very passionate about their Fraternity or Sorority. If Going Greek is for you, join!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find what you want here, you can start your own. However, many people are widely involved in Madison.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like to go to Farmer's markets, who like big schools, who want to make a big school small, who want to experience diversity, who want to be academically challenged, who want to take fun classes with interesting professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sitting on the Abraham Lincoln statue on Bascom when you graduate, putting up pink flamingoes on Bascom Hill ovr night

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is one of the most safe, gorgeous places out there. It is worth it to go into debt to attend college here at Madison. Madison is made to equip you for a job that will help you pay back your debt. If you like Madison and it feels like home, there should not be anything stopping you from going here except for yourself and your circumstances. But even someone in dire need can make it here. Madison teaches you to believe in yourself, from whatever walk of life you are. If you have a dream, go for it! It is hard yet rewarding to accomplish a huge task like going to college.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. Madison is a city. It's located not to far from the country, but it is also a downtown. a 5 minutes walk from downtown feels like a suburb. Going swimming in Lake Mendota or taking nature walks in the Arboreteum are beautiful. If you are more into night life, there is plenty in Madison. From fraternity's to Camp Randall games to Halloween, and so much more...Madison will not disappoint you.

    Food and Dining

    The food on state street is great, and there are grocery stores around. Dining hall food is very good.

    Dorm Life

    Live on lakeshore for a view of the lake. They always say it's the cheapest housing on a lake you will ever find. Living in Witte or Selery can sometimes be overwhelming if you need more space though, because there are a lot of people in a few buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want a College that is challenging, come to Madison. Madison is one of the top Universities in the World. But, if you want a college that is amazing, fulfilling, and rewarding, still come to Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to Madison make the most out of your stay. An Education costs, but it is worth the knowledge that you can acquire. Talk to people who are both alike and different from you and learn to appreciate everyone for a true learning experience.

    In three sentences

    University of Wisconsin-Madison is a place that feels like home. The people are friendly and like to further their education. Right on the lakes, next to Camp Randall, off of state street...Madison is the perfect college town.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The snowball fight on Bascom Hill was epic, and definitely an event worth experiencing.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on, whether it is a university event, a residence hall event, a party in one of the dorm rooms, or a pick-up game at one of the recreation centers.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than most universities, but you have to be careful about the freshman-15.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a crapshoot, I ended up on a loud floor of an overall quiet dorm, but my roommate and I got along very well for two strangers.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are tough, others are a breeze, but it depends a lot on your professor and your TA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take the first few weeks to get to know people who live in your residence hall, or who are in your lectures, the acquaintances you make will become good friends in time.

    In three sentences

    There are many exciting opportunities at the University, and there is never a shortage of intellectual and social stimulation. Whether you intend on majoring in pre-med, or in a STEM field, a little searching will provide you with chances at internships, student groups, and other experiences. The best part, in my opinion, at least, is the variety of courses available for students.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe for a big city. There are students who will come and meet you if you call the # for campus safety and you don't feel safe to walk home.

    Greek Life

    I don't know a lot about the greek life, but I do know many people involved and they absolutely love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wisconsin Singers and the UW Band are amazing music opportunities at the university. Not to mention, there are many more that I plan on joining this fall.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. Like I said before, Madison has so much to offer for all different types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    Although this university is a little more expensive than most public universities, it is well worth the price. This university is ranked as one of the best colleges you can attend in the U.S.

    What to do for fun

    The Majestic Madison concerts are amazing, the farmers market is a must-see, and the on-campus clubs and student organizations make it so easy to get involved at UW Madison!

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan here works well for many students and for myself. I personally like it.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone here is so diverse and friendly. There are so many different types of people and there is always someone you can get along with.

    Academic Rigor

    All students at UW Madison work hard no matter what. You do not come here to party all of the time and waste the good money you are spending to attend here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard to get in to UW Madison. It is so worth your time and money. This school is one of the best Universities in the country and it is such a great opportunity here in Wisconsin.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin, Madison is a well-rounded institution. The city itself is so diverse and has so much to offer. This University is ranked as one of the best educations in the U.S. and I'm proud to be attending.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safewalk is only a call away. Where you're at the library, a random building on campus or the dorms you can always call Safewalk to have an escort across campus.

    Greek Life

    There is something for everyone whether it be volunteer based, career/major based or even just people who relate to you. Do not fall into the oh that lifestyle isn't for me trend. Take the time to check it out for yourself and form your own opinion.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sports team from all ends of the spectrum. You can even try things you never have had the chance to do before like belly dancing.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to work hard every minute of the day and play hard every night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Anything that is located around Camp Randall is a great experience on a football game day! Make sure to wonder around and check it out.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is the school to attend. Attending a football game in Camp Randall is something everyone should be able to experience. It is unlike any other game day you could imagine. Come and check it out!

    What to do for fun

    State street is always a blast. It has a little bit of everything so it accommodates all ages. Also, if you are looking to eat a burger on Lake Mendota, Memorial Union is the place to be. There are always bands and students studying there with a cheery atmosphere at any time of the day.

    Food and Dining

    Gordon Commons and Dejope Commons hav proved that eating food in a dining center does not need to be repulsive. They have options for everyone and they change up their menu in multiple lines daily giving you many options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    You can always find a friend down the hall or even across campus whether you are looking to someone to quiz you for an upcoming exam or even just to run to the commons to grab a bite to eat. Everyone is friendly, upbeat and encouraging even during the hardest times throughout the semester.

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready to work harder than ever. You will be studying things you would never think related to the classes you are enrolled in. Embrace every moment of it and do not be afraid to ask for help and to sign up for tutors; everyone does it. While it is a challenge, it also is worth every minute of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into school ready to work and study harder than you ever have before and also have fun. Where that red and white everywhere to show everyone how proud you are to be a Badger!

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is the happiest, prettiest and most upbeat campus I have ever been to. It if filled with pride and spirit all around even in the coldest parts of the winter. It is a place you will be challenged from every aspect of your life and also make you become the person you have always wanted to be.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most of the time it is safe around campus. There was only a few issues this past year.

    Greek Life

    Very large. I am not apart of it but many people are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs on campus that anyone can join. It is also very easy to create a new club if there is one that you would like to start.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that enjoy a larger campus, however some of the classes are not very large so it can work for those that don't like large classrooms. Also those who like to walk.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Point- It is a beautiful peninsula on the lake and it is a great escape from the city.

    Bang for the buck

    Good price for how outstanding the education is.

    What to do for fun

    Almost anything you can think of. There is a ton of clubs and the football games are outstanding.

    Food and Dining

    There are brand new dining halls and great restaurants all around.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year in the dorms is one of the best experiences you will have.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult classes but most have fair grading.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start studying early for exams. Use office hours and review sessions. Don't go out and party to much.

    In three sentences

    Outstanding education for the price. The professors are excellent and actually care about how their students preform. There is also so many research opportunities that are an awesome experience.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Drink or traverse the city

    Food and Dining

    Food is good for dorm quality but expensive

    Dorm Life

    Sellery Hall is tiny and loud

    Academic Rigor

    It is rather difficult but I had a 3.85 my two semesters there

    Tips for prospective students

    Be true to who you are. Don't sign up for a party dorm if you don't party

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is exactly what you expect. It's a huge party school and classes are difficult. It's a beautiful city and a beautiful campus that offers limitless possibilities.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump Around at football games is a huge tradition

    What to do for fun

    Go by the lake, eat on State Street, shop on State Street, rent bikes with friends, run on the Lakeshore Path, go to movie night at the Terrace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and work hard in high school! Come tour the campus and you will fall in love with it.

    In three sentences

    University of Wisconsin-Madison is the best decision I've made so far. It not only has great academics but is also great for socializing and meeting new friends. There are so many opportunities and organizations to join throughout campus that anyone could enjoy.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is 4 different police departments that have jurisdiction over the campus. Also many posts for 911 emergency's around the campus. Also provides a student walk home to help people get home at night.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, great academics, amazing athletics.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There was never a time that I felt unsafe on the Madison campus, and I worked overnights at College Library (oh yeah! We have a library open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week!). We have safe walk, and the 80 (campus bus) comes around quite often. There are tons of cab services to call as well, and the campus police do their job--a thankless one, at that. Just remember to be smart and careful: it is still a city.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally in Greek life, but my roommate was in a sorority and a service frat. She likes the service frat better but enjoys both. I also have several friends in a particular frat that I've been to several times; they're great guys.

    Clubs and Activities

    Madison is know for being a party school--there, I said it. While we work as hard as we play, there is a reason that we're known for partying. Segredo's is pretty fun, and then there are dozens of other bars around State St and anywhere else basically.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who likes to have fun and blow off steam, yet knows when to buckle down and do your work. Badgers work just as hard as they play.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State St Brats, the drum circles on Library Mall in the spring, any given cheer on Badger football Saturdays--go to at least one game, you won't regret it, the Union. Check out Picnic Point for a campfire--spend a whole day there; it's really relaxing. On Lakeshore Path, if you go all the way down by the water, through the trees and over the rocks, and just sit, it's incredibly calming and a good place for some alone time--Bascom may be a nice place to go sit, but this is just as good and with fewer people.

    Bang for the buck

    To be fair, I'd give this rating to any school right now. Tuition costs are way too high everywhere, and I don't think any school can get a five star rating. As far as everything goes, Madison doesn't ask too much, I suppose, but it's still a lot.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely hit up Memorial Union! The Terrace is where my friends and I hung out the first month of school. There's also a comedy club on State St that we never made it to but are definitely trying to. There are all kinds of concerts and showings to go to, as long as you keep your eye open and are willing to try new experiences and explore! And check out the Capitol building at night--probably about midnight--the view is inspiring.

    Food and Dining

    The Liz Waters dining hall has a variety of food--almost never the same menu two days in a row. Gordon and Dejope are really good, too--just bigger.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Witte (technically) first semester but ended up basically living with my friends in Liz Waters, so second semester I just moved to Liz Waters. I had the best House Fellow that I could have asked for: he was open, willing to help with anything and everything, and understanding. (PS: Liz Waters has some of the biggest dorm rooms on campus.)

    Academic Rigor

    I definitely feel challenged here in a way that I didn't at the college I took classes at during high school. It's manageable, though, and I enjoy all of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party too much--that will get you in a lot of trouble, as it did a couple of my friends. Definitely get to know your professors--almost all of mine have been very kind, very open, and very willing to help and talk to you, if you only go meet with them.

    In three sentences

    Madison is an amazing school: great professors who care, wonderful culture all over campus, and a spirit of the Badger community. I have never once regretted my decision to attend UW-Madison. I have met the most amazing friends who never fail to inspire me and support me; Madison is a wonderful school with a million opportunities for whatever one aspires to do.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. Shopping on state street and going out to dinner is a great way to kill time. Laying out by the lake or sharing a drink on the terrace with a friend is a great way to relax. Whenever the weekend comes around there's always a good house party or social dorm party that you can attend with some friends. And there's so much more!

    Food and Dining

    The variety of food offered is amazing. You can choose to eat at your nearest dining hall or you can travel around campus looking for the right restaurant that will saturate your craving. The food is well prepared and healthy, but you can also indulge in your sweet tooth or greasy burger habit if you feel the need.

    Dorm Life

    The best experience ever. You meet so many new people and half of my best friends now lived in my dorm. The rooms are somewhat small, but still bearable and it's like you have a whole new family with the people on your floor. You still get privacy, but you get freedom from having to answer to anybody about what your room looks like. They're also amazingly safe, only the students ID or key gets them into the building and there are house fellows patrolling the floor on a nightly basis.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult and the professors are tough. Yet, professors offer many different office hours and so do teaching assistants. The school also offers the use of tutors, math labs, and one on one meetings with professors or teaching assistants if necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to put classes first, in the end they're what matter first. Get involved in clubs or sports, it makes making friends even easier because you share a common interest. Madison has tons of beautiful features, tour the campus and you'll fall in love with it.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with tough academics, but great school spirit. Everyone is welcoming and engaging and making friends is amazingly easy. There's so many things to do on and around campus that being bored is never an option.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Concerts, parties, bowling, hang out, there's always plenty to do on campus:)

    Food and Dining

    The campus is integrated in the city! You have the commons and a discount at an enormous number of delicious places to eat. You'll never run out of varieties or places!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can vary drastically based on your dorm but that just gives you a wide range to chose from. Ask around and pick one that suits you. Whether you want a study environment, a social environment, or just a great location (be it the heart of campus or by one of many lakes) you have a broad range.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough courses but without even realizing it you'll have learned a lot! You'll go from a high school student to a writer or a scientist or anything you want to be. Focus and stay on top of things and you'll do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of classes, review lectures. Have fun! Do some extracurrics and meet new people, this is a crucial step to doing well here. Don't worry, any nervousness will fade away quickly.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school to learn. It is a great school to have fun. Before you know it, you'll be spouting badger pride!

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Public buses are very safe and the university has an option called Safe Walk, which send two people, a male and female, to walk you home when you have been studying late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and organizations of varying interests.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for all types of students, because there is something there for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games at Camp Randall and basketball games at the Kohl Center.

    Bang for the buck

    Madison is more expensive compared to where I come from, Racine.

    What to do for fun

    Concerts every weekend!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food, and a large variety of ethnic foods.

    Dorm Life

    Offers many facilities, great way to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Competitive, really makes you work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind!

    In three sentences

    The university has a great campus, it is a lot of fun and you will never find a dull moment. It has a very friendly environment, making friends is not really a challenge. It also has great, variety of majors.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    UW-Madison students have a great energy and pride towards their school, which is quite understandable. They have multiple new dorms available, available to freshmen and upperclassmen. Madison has academic excellence for a public school, but also has the aspect of camaraderie and not to mention, parties...

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always safe, the campus police as well as city police keep you feeling safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After every football game the band plays 5th quarter and the fans stay and sing!

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the recreation center and play sports such as basketball, swim, run, lift weights. Also in the BEST marching band in the nation!

    Food and Dining

    A HUGE selection of food and many places to eat! YUM!

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are great! Whatever atmosphere you want to live in, Madison can offer it to you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are meant to push you to your best. They make them fun as well as challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a feel for the great campus. It may seem like a huge place at first, but it is really smaller than you think.

    In three sentences

    One of the best schools for opportunity. Fantastic student participation in campus events as well as sports. Great place to go to school.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything form Varsity sports games to walks along lakeshore path, chilling on bascom hill, playing intramurals, walking state street, or hanging out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and put yourself out there, you will find plenty of friends and events that fit your life perfectly.

    In three sentences

    UW Madison is an incredible place to be with something for everyone. It balances academics and fun in a way no other college can do. There is beauty, nature, technology and culture everywhere you look.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween fun, block party

    Bang for the buck

    Try to get an intern job soon, after the freshman year .

    What to do for fun

    Jog by the Lakeshore drive, Swim at the Natatorium

    Tips for prospective students

    Study well and get a good GPA. Mix academics with activities.

    In three sentences

    It is great opportunity. The campus is fantastic. Looking forward for a superb student life.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Having heard a lot about UW-M, I had some pretty high expectations prior to my visit. It didn't take long for all of them to be fulfilled - the students and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, the campus itself is beautiful, and above all, the school pride was impossible to miss. With just one visit, I was convinced that this UW-M is the school I want to attend.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus was beautiful. You would never be bored living in Madison. They also had a lot of great programs to ensure safety of their students.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I hear the food is nice

    Dorm Life

    Well I don't go there yet so I wouldn't know haha

    Academic Rigor

    Well I suppose it is hard since they don't have a high acceptance rate

    In three sentences

    The campus is so big but it is so close to amazing places in Madison.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No university is perfect. We have incidents (robberies, sexual assaults, etc); especially late at night when people aren't being careful. However, if something has happened on campus that is potentially very dangerous for other students, we have an email/text system that notifies us right away about what is going on and how to stay safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many Student Organizations on campus! You won't know what to join! haha. Our Student Org fair hosts over 500 clubs you can join. We have everything from horseback riding, to belly dancing, to political groups, to video gamers.

    Great for these types of students

    I think Madison fits anybody. My best friend is super social and loves to go out and party all the time. There's so much to do in Madison for people like that! I'm a little quieter and I enjoy a cozy night of movies and friends. We have movie theaters and our Walgreens and dining halls are open until late! Midnight snacks, anyone?

    What to do for fun

    There are so many places to go on campus. Sometimes, it's just fun to walk around and explore! Some of my favorite places are the terrace (a colorful area along the lake with a great view!) and State Street (tons of shops and food venues!). Like I said before, we also have tons of events around campus every night. Get out and get involved!

    Food and Dining

    I absolutely love the food here. There's so many options! The dining halls are huge and most of the food is made fresh every day. If you can't find food you like in the dining halls (very unlikely) than you can always go to State Street! Lots of choices and variety. UW Madison even has vegan/vegetarian options! State St has tons of food carts that offer vegan options and we even have meatless mondays in the dining halls!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm! The kids on my floor are super friendly and we've all become a tightly-knit family. Dorms also always have a lot of fun events going on, so that's another great way to get to know other people and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are a perfect mix of challenging but manageable. They're difficult enough that you don't become bored or lazy. Prepare yourself for a lot of reading!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack in high school! UW-Madison is an amazing school to be at, but you have to earn the privilege to be here! Work hard in school. You should challenge yourself with difficult classes and involve yourself in volunteer work. The counselors really notice that kind of stuff! Don't worry about grades TOO much; they will take into account what kind of classes you are taking!

    In three sentences

    It's a great school to be at; the environment is so friendly and alive! It's a perfect fit for anyone, honestly. Even though the campus is pretty big and there are a lot of other students here, it's not too intimidating and you can make yourself right at home.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Plenty of free options to get home late at night safely.

    Greek Life

    Phi Mu alpha Sinfonia is a music fraternity to look into if you enjoy playing music. We are dedicated to bringing music where it needs to be, and use our gift to brighten peoples lives with music.

    Bang for the buck

    Most expensive tuition for a public university in Wisconsin, but a fantastic education with many job opportunities to follow graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Any of the free concerts put on by the UW School of music. If that isn't your thing, then union south has an awesome recreational facility in its basement, as well as free movies on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    A large variety of options, but it does grow old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Fun, but the partying gets out of hand.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes demand the very best out of every student, and force students to give everything to learn the information being presented

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot, don't skip class, and find classes that interest you.

    In three sentences

    UW Madison is a fantastic school. The learning possibilities are endless, with interesting classes and subjects to study, and many support groups to aid in any struggles you may encounter. As well as the education, the opportunities for fun are also quite large.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Madison offers a service called Safe-Walk where students can call to request a buddy to walk them home or anywhere on campus when it is too late or too dark to be walking around alone comfortably.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every winter, students borrow the dining trays from our dining venues and use them as sleds to slide down Bascom Hill!

    What to do for fun

    Madison has so many options for things to keep you occupied every day! The memorial union and union south are great places to hangout with friends or to study in a different venue other than your dorm building. State street is a well-known place to find a variety of stores and restaurants. the university is also situated on two lakes which are always crowded in the warmer weather. In the winter, students indulge in sledding down Bascom Hill!

    Food and Dining

    Madison recently remodeled their dining venue which is super close to the two most common dorms here. The dorms that are further away sometimes have their own dining halls in their dorm building! There are multiple small cafes around campus to grab a quick bite in between class or you can go to your local dining hall and appreciate good quality food at a reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms obviously fail to provide the comfort of your private bedroom or the ability to work around your own schedule; you have to be considerate of your roommate's schedule as well. Most dorm rooms are pretty small with little space to work with. However, this enforces bonding with other people on your floor and in your building. It's really a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to meet so many new amazing people.

    Academic Rigor

    Madison is a top school in the WORLD. Looking up UW-Madison's reputation proves to have consistent findings; it is always ranked as the top university among others in the country and the world, only because it's hard work and requires determination to be a successful student!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress out too much on the transition from high school to college. I came from a relatively small high school with 132 students in my graduating class and I was of course extremely nervous about coming to a well-known university with over 40,000 students on campus. I recommend staying in the dorms your freshman year because it makes the transition seem much easier and more normal since everybody else is almost forced to bond over the same first-year experience.

    In three sentences

    Madison is the ideal college experience all students look for. This university has a great reputation, a beautiful campus, great opportunities for students in every shape and form, and incredible school spirit. This is a dream school!

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Typical dorm food

    Dorm Life

    Pretty much constant partying

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, some aren't. A lot of it depends on your motivation to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you want to go here instead of another UW school.

    In three sentences

    UW Madison has a good reputation, and is a good research university, but not a good fit for everyone, and isn't necessarily all that it's cracked up to be. The classes can be hard, but students have to be very self-motivated in most programs. Help can often be hard to find.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a fairly safe campus, but it is a city. This means that there are all the dangers of a city. You shouldn't be too worried, but always be wary.

    Greek Life

    Not at all necessary to be actively involved in the university, but it is a great way to meet people and a ton of fun. Word of advice: don't join a frat or sorority just because, you need to pick one that truly fits you or not join one at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any and all. On the off chance one doesn't exist, you may easily start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type, you just have to find your niches.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, the southeast dorms and the lakeshore dorms come together on Bascom hill and have a giant snowball fight.

    Bang for the buck

    If you come to this school with an idea of what you want, meaning at least a few goals or more, then it is a great deal. You can get your moneys worth out of it for sure. If you are going to college simply to go to college, however, you may not, so you may be better off with community college or something cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want. As I said before, there is an endless array of activities and groups to get involved with. Whatever you do for fun, you will find it here. If fun for you entails partying, well, we are ranked one of the biggest party schools in the nation, so no need to worry there. If not, you also have no need to worry. The substance-free community is huge on campus and there is all kinds of in-between events.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent, that's pretty much all there is to say. All the food is very high quality and the items are a la cart, resulting in almost no food waste comparatively to other dining systems. The food is pretty inexpensive as well, seeing as it is subsidized by our tuition.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great freshman experience that allows you to get to know people and make the campus a little smaller right from the beginning. However, having R.As telling you what to do and things like that get old quickly, which is why very few sophomores and almost no juniors or seniors live in the residence halls. I definitely recommend it for freshman year, but not past that.

    Academic Rigor

    As one of the top state schools in the nation, UW Madison has a high level of academic rigor. Some may say that this level is not as high as the rigor at some private schools, i.e. the Ivys, Carnegie Melon, U of Chicago, etc. This is only semi-true. Yes, the average academic rigor is lower, but as a student here, you can make your level of academic rigor anywhere from don't-even-go-to-class easy and pretty much impossible. We have all the resources you need here to do whatever you want, it is just up to you how you use them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but always put your academics first. In high school, many people never miss a party because there aren't very many good ones. Here, you need to know when to say know. There is an opportunity to go out almost every night, and that will continue forever. You aren't missing out if you stay in and study because there will be plenty of future opportunities. Work hard and play hard, but notice that work hard comes first.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great place for anybody who is academically focused. Whatever your other characteristics may be, you will find all that suits you here. It is a big place, and therefore easy to get lost in if you don't get involved, but at the same time, there is literally no limit to what you can get involved in.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While I originally thought safety on campus wouldn't be an issue, there have been more safety concerns this year than any other year on campus. It all comes down to students being more safe of their surroundings and choices, as well as the help of our community as a whole.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge organization fair at the beginning of the year. This event wraps all the way around the inside of the Kohl center-- on both floors! Through this, I was able to get involved with HerCampus and I am so happy to be a part of a group that can distract me from the daily homework struggles!

    Great for these types of students

    A Badger is one who is willing to embrace new experiences. Regardless your background, Madison will accept all with open arms and a readiness to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Bucky the Badger house across from all the fraternities. Bucky's cannot talk to the public nor reveal their identities for fear of destroying the essence of Bucky. Also, Jump Around is such a fun event at the Badger games and really encompasses school spirit. There are so many traditions at UW-Madison, it is just another thing to make me proud to be a Badger.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition for Madison is actually a relatively good price. You also don't have a meal plan, so you can spend as little, or as much on food as you want. While housing is rather pricey, I am definitely happy with my decision to live in a dorm. I have met two girls who will forever be my best friends.

    What to do for fun

    While the University is a rather proud campus known for their drinking fun, I have learned that you can have just as much fun without poisoning your body! Unable to drink, I still go out with my friends, but have become the mother duck-- keeping everyone safe and having fun is my specialty. My roommate and I love going to the acapella festivals, open mic nights, hanging out at the union(s), wandering State Street and, of course, the infamous Badger games. No matter the season, day of the week, or mood you're in, Madison always has something to keep you busy... and perhaps distract you from studying for a few hours.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fabulous. Every time my parents visit, they are so surprised at the abundance of food to choose from. Gordon, the new southeast dining hall, has so many options for meals. Ranging from Mexican, to comfort food, no matter what you crave, Gordon always has something for you.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the newer dorms, Ogg. Ogg is wonderful because bathrooms are only shared between four rooms. My house residents in Ogg, are all very outgoing, keep their doors open, and we love having family dinners together on Sunday. I have met lifelong friends in this dorm and I am very happy with my decision to live in this residence hall. It is also in a wonderful location. I am just a two minute walk to State Street and directly across from the beautiful and new dining hall, Gordon.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, this school is as difficult as you make it. While their level of classes ranges from elementary-intermediate, I have found that my intermediate classes are often just as easy as my elementary level ones. Keeping up on work, taking advantage of professor office hours and studying with groups all help in achieving the highest grade point average possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying for this school, make sure you spend time perfecting your essay and have an adequate amount of prior volunteering hours. Students at this school are very friendly, and everyone- regardless of age- is willing to get to know one another. I suggest applying as soon as you can, because you will most likely hear much sooner than one who waited until the last minute.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin, Madison, is what a Big Ten school should be. Attending this school makes me proud to be a resident of a state which boasts such an accredited university. Three sentences isn't enough to explain the abundance of school spirit students proudly sport around campus and continue to radiate long after a diploma is in their possession.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    State street is fun and offers a good going-out place. Parties are everywhere, as is expected. Games are very fun and the school spirit is AMAZING! GO BADGERS!

    Food and Dining

    The two main eating areas for Southeast and Lakeshore dorms are quite impressive in their variety of selections and availability of fresh greens.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms; my roommate is fantastic, but that's not always the case. If you want the social atmosphere, you can find it. If you don't care about it, you can ignore it and find other ways to spend your time.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and thought provoking, but there is help for those who need it or want it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to takes notes and how to study from them.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison offers a high caliber of courses for a variety of topics. The institute is respected for its work in many areas of study, and will be able to challenge you to meet these standards. Classes are designed to challenge academically and culturally so you can make the most impact post-graduation.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Madison offers over 500 clubs. Clubs for anything. There is a high five club, a cheese club, pre-med club, business club, and any other club you can think of. They meet once or twice a month and they don't interfere with schedules because they are students too. Madison also offers a wide range of intramural and club sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The singing of Varsity at every event is a great tradition. Huge tail-gates for Badger Football are only the best as well. Picnic point, state street, the terrace are only a few favorite locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public university, Madison is kind of expensive however you are guaranteed a great education and a great time, so it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Madison offers so many things for fun. You can explore the beautiful capitol building, enjoy ice cream at the terrace, attend the farmer's market on a saturday morning, attend tradition-rich badger football games, or a game viewing party. Whatever it is, it's always a good time. There's always musical opportunities and theater shows going on as well as dance classes and yoga. You just have to keep your ears open and eyes peeled.

    Food and Dining

    If you're on the meal plan, Gordon's and Dejope Dining aren't all that bad. They have a good selection of food and bomb desserts. They have healthy choices and not so healthy choices. State street is in the heart of campus and has A LOT of different restaurants to offer. And of course, you can't go wrong with Ian's Pizza, Jimmy Johns, or Q-Doba at 3 in the morning.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't bad. This is where you meet all of the awesome people. The dorms plan activities for all types of students as well. The dorms are your new home and many good times are made there. You can personalize your own room and basically it's like your first apartment only much smaller.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, you have to work hard to play hard. Classes will challenge you, but they are only making you more of a well rounded student. It's for the best. Put the time in to succeed and you will only be rewarded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid. Be yourself. You're going to meet great people and the University offers you the best opportunities in the country. You can do anything.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin Madison is great for students who love to work hard play hard. Students are put into an environment where studies come first and fun is always second. The atmosphere is one of a kind and can't be found anywhere else.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mostly safe, except for some robberys but they are usually not at campus.

    Greek Life

    All I know is that there are all sorts.

    Clubs and Activities

    Where do I start, there are literally hundreds. And if you can't find one to join, you can start one. All you needi s at least 2 other people.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL kinds of students. There is something fro everyone, so far you are willing to wirk hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bascom hill has got all kinds of traditions. One of my favorite, is that when one graduates, he/she climbs up and seats on the lap of President Lincoln's statue and wisphers wishes into his ears. Also you can rub his feet for good luck when going on a date or for an exam.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny, because it opens so many doors for you.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you are intersted in.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of opporunity for free food, but food is all around you.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others, but they all have nice people.

    Academic Rigor

    Prepare to be challenged, but there are several

    Tips for prospective students

    Put yourself out there. Always seek help from friends or faculty members when you need it. Smile and breath, because everything will be alright.

    In three sentences

    It is a research university hence there are several opprtunities. Perfect blend of fun and academic atmosphere. It will push you and equip you to be the best.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety here is done very well. With every incident, there is e-mails sent out on WiscAlert, so that they ensure the safety of students. Campus safety is taken very seriously and allows for the student to feel secure on such a large campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life in Madison is a big deal. Numerous students rush every semester. Greek life allows for a lot of social activities to get to know more people around campus and become a part of a group.

    Clubs and Activities

    UW-Madison offers a giant array of different clubs and activities. Any sport, hobby, or even like that you have, you will be sure to find a match on campus. Madison also has some of these most random clubs and activities that I have ever learned about in a campus. It provides great opportunities and endless possibilities.

    Great for these types of students

    I think Madison is great for all types of students. I never realized how diverse it was before coming here. People from every state and many countries come here. There are quiet, loud, and every kind of student that you can think of on campus. I am positive that is impossible to not make a friend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cheering sections at sporting events is a tradition at this school, and it is a blast with the various authentic cheers and songs that are still held prominent at them. Some locations are the beautiful Menona Terrace overlooking Lake Menona, Picnic Point, also on the lake, and the many historical sites on Bascom Hill and many other places on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun in Madison. The city is very big, and there are a lot of places to explore. Whether you go to a party or restaurant or take a stroll down State Street, it is always a good time. Sports are also really big here, allowing for you many options to attend a football, basketball, or hockey game on many occasions.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall is pretty good for the most part. There is a lot of variety to choose from. However, the food gets old sometimes because it is normal to just want a home cooked meal or to eat in your dorm. Also, the options are not always the healthiest, but there is a station to build your own salad, and there is always fruit and vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love the dorm life and all of the new experiences and friends that it has brought to me. However, I am not a fan of living in such a small area where you have all of your belongings. I am also not too fond of the public bathrooms and showers that are not always exactly the cleanest.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are extremely rigorous. It is very different from high school. There is less class time and more your own time. Lots of reading is entailed for success in your classes, and studying for multiple hours is a must. Even when nothing is due tomorrow, there is still always something you could or meed to be doing. The amount of effort you put, your grades will show for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students are to work hard in everything that you do, follow your dreams, and believe that you can. With hard work anything is possible, you just have to put your mind to it. Dreams should also be followed, because you want to go to school for something that you are going to love in the long run and enjoy going to work everyday. Don't do what other people want you to. Also believe that you can do the things you strive for. Achieving comes out of believing in your own abilities and showing confidence to bare your skills.

    In three sentences

    I rate Madison extremely high because I have loved everything about it so far. The academics push you to your full potential, and they really allow you to learn and grasp a better understanding. The social aspect of Madison is also outstanding, and I would have never expected to make so many friends in such a short period of time.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Party, play video games, chill with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for lots of work.

    In three sentences

    Super fun, hard work.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For such a big city, it's pretty safe, but there is still crime. We get these WiscAlerts though that tell us when anything happens so we can be safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lakeshore Path - not every school has it! Steal cafeteria trays and go sledding down Bascom Hill in the winter.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go on walks on Lakeshore Path, go to State Street, etcâ?¦ the possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    Good-quality food, but it gets repetitive over time.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in Lakeshore dorms if you like nature and quieter nights! Lake Mendota is beautiful and it's really not far from classes (only a 10 minute walk), and if you're not one for exercise, public transport is free and handy.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison has an amazing campus! The large lectures, despite what you may hear, are not intimidating. The overall atmosphere is great; I love the student body.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are some safety programs set up such as SafeWalk, but the crime rate seems to be increasing and students have had to be more alert than usual.

    Greek Life

    Greek live is prevalent but there is no pressure to join a fraternity or sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student organizations to choose from and every student can find something that interests them to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    You need to be hard working and motivated or academically the school may be too challenging. Good organization and social skills are also key, but the school really appeals to people from all walks of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people don't know about the SAC, which is the Student Activities Center located in East Campus Mall. It is a great, funky study environment that is a nice alternative from the library. People also traditionally eat at food carts found on State Street during the warmer months instead of chain restaurants.

    Bang for the buck

    It is more expensive than a lot of other Wisconsin state schools. The cost of living in Madison is extremely high because apartments are in demand and if you want to be located close to campus most property management companies have high prices.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities, from concerts to fundraisers. There is also a great nightlife scene at Madison.

    Food and Dining

    UW-Madison has state of the art dining facilities and even though I no longer live in the residence halls I still eat at them frequently.

    Dorm Life

    Living in Sellery Hall my freshman year was one of the best experiences I've had at college so far. It was an opportunity to meet amazing friends and socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is extremely difficult. I have signed up for numerous elementary level or introductory classes thinking they would be easy but they were some of the hardest classes I have taken so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be in a city that is run by the college than UW-Madison is the place for you. It feel like a large college town once you're here, because the majority of its inhabitants are students. Also coming into college with as many AP credits as you possibly can is always a good idea.

    In three sentences

    Choosing to go to UW-Madison is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I am part of the journalism program here and couldn't be happier. While it's very competitive academically, there are many ways to de-stress and take your mind off of schoolwork through the wide array of social activities.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs on campus. They all have unique qualities to them, and they will make the large campus shrink down in no time, and it's a great way to meet new friends...and possibly future roommates.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the KK. At the KK, there is a thing called Friday After Class, where after your classes on Fridays, you can get into this bar without being carded. This is especially taken advantage of by people under 21.

    Bang for the buck

    To sum up this university....it's the true definition of work hard, play hard. The students here are incredibly brilliant, it amazes me how many smart individuals encompasses this school. To go along with that, we know how to have a good time and party here. Things can get wild, but there's nothing like it anywhere else. Madison is truly one of a kind...and we're just a bunch of crazy Wisconsinites. On Wisconsin.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun in Madison....hmmm. Is that even a question? There are so many things to do! There's Union South which always has events going on to go to with your friends. In the basement, there is a bowling alley, with a pool table and food. There's multiple venues for music! There's segredo's, High Noon Saloon, the Orphium, the Overture Center...to name a few. There's Memorial Union and the Terrace, which is one of the most beautiful spots on campus to see. There's always entertainment there on weekends, there's unique food venues inside, and the view at the terrace is breathtaking looking over Lake Mendota. There's also Picnic Point, which is a fun location to have campfires, or to jog to on a nice day. And most importantly...there's badger gamedays!! There is nothing like this. Showing up to a badger football game is one of the most exhilarating things to experience. It will truly astonish you as you see the sea of red marching towards Camp Randall to fill the stadium to cheer on the badgers on Saturdays. Being in the student section of a badger football game is one of the best memories you will hold onto in your life. There are so many more things to experience at Madison, but I've just laid out some of the major ones.

    Food and Dining

    Gordon Dining Center and Four Lakes Market make up an efficient diet for the students living in residence halls. I personally would have preferred it to be pay for swipes, and then you can eat as much as you want...but the system is still fair and discounted for UW students. The variety is good as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a blast. This is where I've met so many new friends, and my roommates for next year. My housefellow (RA) is so amazing. Everyone on our floor has become somewhat of a family, and refer to our housefellow and mom. She is always looking out for us, and is willing to stay up all night if we have a problem. The people are so friendly, and it's incredibly easy to meet new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are astounding. Madison is nationally ranked within the top 10 i believe for public universities. The research portion of the campus is world class. Many CEO's are also being produced from Madison, but I don't know the exact statistic. To sum it up, Madison has an amazing track record and follows up with it's reputation. It's difficult to get into this school, and it should be. This university will prepare you for life and has challenges that are rewarding after hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have as much fun as you can here, but stay on top of things. There is SO much to do here in Madison, but it can be distracting your first semester. Make sure you're staying on top of your studies early on, because it's hard enough transitioning into college, but at such a high caliber college makes it that much more challenging. Most importantly, put yourself out there. Don't be afraid to meet new people! This is the one time in your life to be free and find out who you are, so surround yourself with winners. On Wisconsin.

    In three sentences

    This college has the best experience in the nation. There is no place like Madison. The academics here are world class, and this has been the best decision in my life coming here.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While Madison does have some crime, there are a lot of ways to keep yourself safe. For one, there are 3 different police forces that work to keep the citizens and students of Madison safe. Also there is a program called Safe Walk, which (when called) will send two students (one male and one female) to come and walk home with you if you're out late and don't want to walk home alone. Safe walk is open fairly late, until 2 or 3 in the morning I believe. Another safety precaution Madison offers is Emergency Poles on basically every block. If you are in danger, you press a button on one of the poles and a police officer will find you within 2 minutes of pressing the button.

    Greek Life

    Lots of choices

    Clubs and Activities

    Over a hundred to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pink flamingos, Jump Around at the Badger games, Bascom Hill (snowball war and sledding), the Union etc

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little on the pricey side to go to Madison, but you get what you pay for in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    The possibilities are endless in Madison. There are always shows and concerts going on, as well as tons of places to go out and eat, shop, or whatever you want to do. There are also sporting events nearly every weekend.

    Dorm Life

    This probably depends on the dorm that you're in.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major you're looking into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to let yourself fall behind in the work load or you WILL get overwhelmed when trying to catch up. Also, don't be shy. If you live in a dorm, leave the door open so people can come and greet you when everyone is moving in and you can learn some names and make acquaintances.

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing. There are so many opportunities here it is almost overwhelming. All the professors and teaching assistants I've had seem to legitimately care what we're learning about and helping us to understand it.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    sports fans, motivated, social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    snowball fight, camp randall

    What to do for fun

    Biking/hiking, bars/restaurants, union terrace, farmer's market, sporting events

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask lots of questions. Go the extra mile to connect with other students and professors. It's easy to get a little lost amongst the crowd, but a little extra effort can go a long way.

    In three sentences

    Amazing professors and administrators. Diverse academic curriculums. Rigorous and demanding expectations.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt like I was in any kind of danger on campus. There are lots of Emergency Call buttons around campus, the Safe Walk program (where students walk other students home late at night), and all the students have the number for the police programmed into their phones.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! There is always something going on, from swing dancing lessons to Dogs on Call (where you pet puppies for stress release)! If you live in the dorms, your House Fellows will post upcoming events on the walls (and sometimes even on a Facebook group page or through email).

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options for food at all the dining halls. You pays for food through your housing food account, and there is no meal plan; you eat what you want, when you want, as long as you can afford to pay for it. I work in the back production area making the food, and all the ingredients are fresh and all workers follow health code regulations. I eat at the dining halls for essentially all my meals, and I still think that they are quite tasty!

    Dorm Life

    This is very dependent on your personality. I live in the Lakeshore dorms, which means I live in the quiet, green, pastoral part of campus next to the lake. Lakeshore dorms are close to Steenbock Library and are about a fifteen minute walk to the center of campus. The upsides to living in these dorms include: the abundance of nature everywhere; the close proximity of dining halls (Four Lakes, Carson's, and the on inside Elizabeth Waters); the quiet atmosphere (perfect for studying); the close proximity of the Natatorium (the gym), and the brand new dorms like Aldo Leopold. The downside to living in Lakeshore is that you're a little farther away from the downtown part of campus, so you don't often hang out in the city. The other dorms are in Southeast, and are in the heart of the city. Although city life is not for me, all my friends who live in Southeast love it! They love the fun, fast-paced atmosphere; the close proximity of the art museum, all the shops on State Street, the Chazen, etc., and the huge, high-rise dorms. Southeast dorms are about equidistant to the center of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This university offers a world-class education, and it will challenge any student. Studying is a must if you want good grades, and you always need to do your homework. The professors expect full participation and dedication, but they are very approachable and love explaining concepts during their office hours. The TA's are usually very good at teaching the material as well, and there are lots of tutoring opportunities as well outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to learn time management skills--in Madison, there is always something fun and exciting going on, so it's easy to push off doing schoolwork. Keeping a daily planner and organizing all homework and upcoming tests by priority is a very good idea. It's also a good idea to get involved with a few student organizations; there are so many on campus that there is definitely an organization for everyone!

    In three sentences

    This university has everything, from helpful, caring professors to fun and outgoing fellow students. There are always awesome events and student organizations to attend and participate in, and the campus itself is beautiful. Academically, this school is challenging, but the professors have such an enthusiasm for their given subjects that it is a joy to master new concepts; furthermore, there are plenty of tutoring and extra help options for every class.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    for a big city it is relatively safe. and if there is any danger the university police are excellent with keeping the students updated

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs on campus, odds are you will find one for you. i am part of the track club and when i found out that they had a track club i jumped right on it.

    Great for these types of students

    the university is known for engineering and also its medical education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump Around, enough said!!

    Bang for the buck

    things on campus are a bit pricey but its a public school so the tuition prices are a bit lower

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of things to do on the campus but there is nothing more fun than camp randell for a badger football game on a Saturday afternoon.

    Food and Dining

    the dorms have a wide variety of food. if you like sushi then this is the place for you. its everywhere and there is also a wide variety of restaurants around the city.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is pretty good. there is a dorm for everyone. either you can live in the bigger downtown dorms or live on the more relaxing dorms on the lakeshore.

    Academic Rigor

    coming to madison i got what what i expected. there is a great deal of bright students on campus making the curves for many classes more competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid of the big city. the city pretty much revolves around the university and there are just so many opportunities to find something that you like to do outside of studying.

    In three sentences

    So far I have had a great time at Madison. the education so far has been really good. it is also accommodated by the great sports atmosphere.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Madison is really safe.

    Greek Life

    Great greek program

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for that.

    Great for these types of students

    Party hard, study hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    JUMP AROUND!

    Bang for the buck

    UW is highly rated on a world scale, and the price is very reasonable compared to most other high ranking universities.

    What to do for fun

    Almost every sports team is fun, more likely than not there is a student organization for all of your interests.

    Food and Dining

    Rated 4th best in the nation of schools that do not employ a completely professional staff. Great variety.

    Dorm Life

    After just one semester, I have met many friends I know I will keep in touch with for life.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA is not everything, UW Madison is looking for students who will better their community as a whole.

    In three sentences

    The University of Madison provides students with the best college experience you could ever ask for. Challenging but interesting courses and professors that care deeply about their subjects make the University of Madison a great school no matter what you plan to study. There is a student organization for almost everything at UW Madison, and exceptional sports teams to watch, guaranteeing that you will enjoy your experience here.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Madison is one of the safest campuses and personally I know that was a huge advantage that my parents saw when I was deciding on colleges.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million student organizations and I guarantee that there is at least one that will include your interests/passions.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, driven, friendly, determined, and like to have fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition is that when there is a good amount of snow on the ground many students steal the trays from the dining centers and go sledding down THE Bascom Hill!

    Bang for the buck

    A degree from UW-Madison is something that every employee loves to see. We are known for our rigorous academics and employees respect and honor that. Also UW-Madison has well rounded students that graduate from campus, and that will get us far in our lives!

    What to do for fun

    The badger football, basketball, and hockey games are so fun! If you have school spirit you will fit right in. Also, for a more relaxing scene there is the lakeshore that has breath taking views and lots to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are great selections for any diet.

    Dorm Life

    Live in the dorms freshman year! You meet so many great friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never fell alone! As challenging as school gets at times, there are always other students in your position. Also, utilize office hours! Professors are almost always willing to help, you just have to take responsibility and ask for it.

    In three sentences

    This school is a challenging academic institution that prepares you for critical thinking in the real world. One of the best things about Madison is even though it is a large school, the community feel is outstanding. Everyone here at UW wants to thrive as a successful adult and we support each other in doing so.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You always see campus police walking around and you are never too far away from being able to contact them. We also have a SafeWalk program where if it is dark out, you can call them and two people will come to walk you home (and it will go anywhere on campus).

    Greek Life

    The greed life is always fun, just know that we know how to party at Madison.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs for just about anything (and if they don't have a club you really want, you can start one), just to let you know how many clubs we have, we have a club that is dedicated to playing the card game euker.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any type of students because there is a range of opportunities that you can do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We, of course, have the jump around tradition during the football games. We also have Bascom Hill, the Union Terrace (where some students go to have fun, they have bowling, pool and a lot of other fun things to do), and we have State Street nearby, which if you haven't heard of, know that you have fun of State Street during Halloween (just know it is an all of Madison thing).

    Bang for the buck

    Even though this school is more expensive, there are financial aid options and it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I go out with my friends to State Street and watch movies with them, play games and just do anything that we are up to that night.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and you pay for what you get, not like other colleges where you pay to get in and then it is eat all you can.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun and amazing, you just have to go to the dorm events that they throw to know that. They have a bunch of cool events with free food and a lot of free opportunities and activities that you can do.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no shortage of academic help, from TA and prefessor office hours to free tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    You really want to be a student here, it is great! The football season tickets are worth it, believe me I know, and you will be getting a great education while having a ton of fun.

    In three sentences

    University of Wisconsin - Madison is a fun school where you learn a lot. There is never an opportunity you should miss, whether it is go to a football game or join a club, it will make your life a hundred more times fun.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We offer a number of programs including Safe Walk giving students comfort as they walk home at night with 2 or 3 volunteers that can guarantee a safe passage home. Crime is not a factor here at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds if not thousands of clubs to join and if you don't find what youre looking for you can easily create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is serious about being successful and changing the world. Must be ready to play hard and study a little bit harder.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Where to start? We have: the nations best student section for any sporting event; jump around is a legend tradition that can be felt throughout the city. Next there's the campus snowball fight help every year which includes hundred of students on two different teams split up by housing assignment, easily the largest snowball fight you will participate in - ever. Finally we have freak-fest which is one of the largest concert events in Wisconsin held on state street the week of Halloween, everyone dresses up in awesome costumes and walk up and down listening to music and having a blast, this year we had Matt & Kim as well as Chiddy Bang play.

    Bang for the buck

    This University is extremely affordable compared to its peers in ranking. In state tuition is very affordable and out of state is marginal compared to the prices of other universities. Madison offers many scholarship opportunities and work study programs to help any students in need.

    What to do for fun

    This city builds itself around its students, there is always something going on. In the summer I love to go to the Memorial Union and sit on the lake while listening to free live music they have every week. State street has hundreds of shops, restaurants and attractions for all ages and the Overture center always has remarkable plays to enjoy. Its very seldom you find yourself without something to do down here.

    Food and Dining

    Madison has many cafeterias throughout the campus, none of which you are limited to. In addition to the 10 plus cafeterias spread out across campus, we have state street just blocks away where you can find anything you could possible want to eat: South African, Asian Fusion, Italian, Greek, Brazilian, just to name a few choices.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms your first year is a MUST. Dorm life is a great transition from living with your parents to leaving the nest and becoming your own boss. The dorms are where life long friendships are molded.

    Academic Rigor

    This University prides itself on being one of the nations most distinguished Colleges, therefor if you want to enjoy everything this campus has to offer, you have to be dedicated, vigorous, and responsible with your time. The reason why this College is admired so highly is because of the drive the students have to succeed and if you want to be a part of this, you have to work - hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in as many programs as you can without stretching yourself too thin. This university has hundreds of programs targeting new students that are designed to get you involved and familiar with your environment. The change is dramatic, but just remember everyone is going through the same thing, so smile and make new friends as you start your new life here at the University of Madison Wisconsin!

    In three sentences

    I love everything about this college. World class academics, superior resources that are easy to access, teachers that are easy to connect with, and the city and its people are so sincere and willing to help. I chose this college because I wanted to make a difference in the world, and this was the correct choice.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    JUMP AROUND in the 3rd quarter of a football match.

    What to do for fun

    Go on state street. Party in dorms or private houses. Go to the lake or walk on the lakeshore path.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good university to apply to. Ensure that you have a good essay and there are tons of majors to explore here.

    In three sentences

    Fun place to be studying in. Party hard and work hard. Awesome infrastructure.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    A lot of food places available and they don't taste like crap.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in Witte and love it. I meet so much people!!!

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman the classes aren't to bad.The ethnic studies courses are really eye opening classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    You are going to love it here. Good people and a gret place to study.

    In three sentences

    Madison is an amazing place to be. I don't regret in choosing Madison. 10 out of 10 i would rate Madison.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Madison is one of the most exciting cities i've been to. On weekends you will see large crowds of students mingling or walking the streets until about 4 a.m. Besides socializing with new people, there are a large amount of great restaurants. State street is one of the most exciting spots i've seen. There are restaurants, shops, and theaters all over the place. Live entertainment is also available, musicians and painters all showing off their trades.

    Food and Dining

    There are two huge cafeterias with a large number of restaurants. There is a lot of seating and study areas in each place. The food tends to get repetitive and some of it is very unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to meet new people especially at UW-Madison. The people you meet are great and the house fellows are always around to help you out. The bathrooms do get a bit dirty and there are only four showers per bathroom per floor. This makes for some interesting mornings, when people are waiting in line for the shower. There are a whole plethora of rules that you must follow or will be written up for, which is annoying since most students will break them in the secrecy of their own dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    Ap Classes are immensely easier than courses here. Each professor is a master of his/her field and will teach at a very high level. Lectures are fast paced and note taking is a must. Study time each day for each class is not uncommon.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop study habits early, otherwise the first couple weeks here will be tough. Don't plan on it being easy, but plan on having to work on things to master them here. You will be challenged but as long as you have a good work ethic everything will be good.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a highly difficult academic school which challenges me every day. The social aspect of both the city and college play a key role in a student's success. UW-Madison i a great school and i would rate it as one of the best academic institutions in the country.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since I live Lakeshore, if the weather is nice I would go on jogs. There the lakeshore path and it has a great view at the end called Picnic Point. The jogs were very nice and relaxing. Also I would sometimes go to State Street for froyo dates with friends. Those were fun also.

    Food and Dining

    If you actually think about the prices of the food for students, it is not that bad. I can usually get a meal for less than five bucks, an for breakfast I usually spend like three. I usually dined at four lakes in Dejope. The food is pretty much the same within the different stations so I did get tired of the food. I did not eat there everyday. I would say maybe like three or at the very most 4 times a week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great for first year students. You meet a lot of people/freshmen and it helps you get situated onto campus life. I lived in Lakeshore, and although it did feel a bit dead at times it still had a lot more pros than cons.

    Academic Rigor

    I was in a FIG my first semester freshman year. It consisted of courses that went towards my general eds and breath courses. My FIG was a bit more relaxed and chilled but it was a great way in transitioning to the university.

    In three sentences

    It's a great university! I love it! Very friendly.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to go to college to achieve a great degree from a great school, but also wanting to have fun in the process.

    What to do for fun

    Well, the badgers games on Saturdays are always a nice time, and there are also many other opportunities for fun. There's a quick 8 minute bus ride out to a nearby movie theatre, and a large mall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start applying for this school early. It's always a great feeling to find out you're a badger. Look into every aspect of the school before you decide to go here, and I'm sure you won't be upset with what this school has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I would give the University Of Wisconsin a 9.5 out of 10 rating. It has a great academic challenging atmosphere that really pushes a student to higher learning. You also can't go wrong with having one of the best athletic teams in the country.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe walk is a great way to stay safe while walking anywhere! A girl and a guy will come pick you up from anywhere on campus and walk you to your next destination until very late at night!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the top of Bascom Hill, there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln and students rub his foot for good luck. His foot is gold because of all of the rubbing. Seniors alone can sit in Abe's lap because they will be graduating - to sit in his lap before senior year is bad luck.

    What to do for fun

    I love to hang out with my friends. During the summer, you can swim in the lakes and play all kinds of sports - volleyball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc. In the winter you can go sledding down one of the many hills. There are indoor activities in the many gyms and Union South has bowling lanes, rock climbing, pool, and special events. I go to Cru - a student org and meet my friends there.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices in dining halls and in food. I don't eat there every day, but the dining halls are convenient and not very expensive. The food is not bad - there are a lot of healthy and tasty options.

    Dorm Life

    I love how close Elizabeth Waters is to my classes and the center of campus. The rooms are a good size and there is plenty of space for studying and hanging out. There is at least one kitchen in each dorm . The house fellows are respectable - they are fun but they follow the rules to keep me safe.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are a great balance between reviewing old material and learning new material. The new material challenges me to work hard and study to earn the grades that I want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your limits. Do not take classes that are too easy or too hard for you. Make good friend choices because you will be spending a lot of time with them. Study hard and often - don't procrastinate. Take tours and find your classes before the first day - UW Madison is a huge campus.

    In three sentences

    UW Madison is beautiful, challenging, and involved. The campus is large and breath-taking with the lakes, trees, buildings, and more. The classes are rigorous and there are so many ways to connect to others in class, student orgs, and dorm life.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Generally Madison is way more secure than some big cities, but you still need to take care, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in fraternity or sororities, so I don't know much about Greek life on campus. But I've heard they're really good and fun. So try it out!

    Clubs and Activities

    You really need to find activities or clubs that fit you, so you can get the most out of them.

    Great for these types of students

    1. Extrovert, love sports and making friends. 2. Positive, competent but not competitive, easygoing 3. Love cheese and milk~because we have so many types of good cheese and dairy products here! 4. Love snow and not afraid of coldness.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite spot here is the memorial union which houses many group events and is also available for short stay for guests. When I first came to the school the residential halls were not open, so we live in the memorial union. The building is old and classic. The windows in the room we stayed face directly to the Mendota lake terrace, so every night we can enjoy live music performances. There are also many great rooms that holds important events, like proms and exhibitions.

    Bang for the buck

    This school wasn't my first choice, but the more I stay here the more I learn to appreciate it, and now I've grown to fully love it. We have nice country view as well as malls like those in big cities, and the people here are just so nice that it feels like everyone is connected. Bucky sports is also thrilling, although I haven't been to a live football game this semester, every time we win the streets are crowded with celebrating parades, forming a red wave, so that everyone can feel the victory is in the air! Finally, the school could be a little underrated because of the chilling weather and heavy snow, but once you get here these are all gonna be compensated by other perfect things, like the clean air and blue sky, big lakes, squirrels running across lawns and beautiful trees.

    What to do for fun

    It depends on you're own interests. There are many opportunities to engage yourself and have fun as long as you go looks for them. Such as snowboarding, iceskating, water sports, music shows, art shows.....

    Food and Dining

    Nice food on campus, but if you want to try more kinds you should probably go out

    Dorm Life

    Great environment, nice facilities, you get to connect with the people that live near you. A lot of fun events in the residential learning communities

    Academic Rigor

    You really need to work hard to get good grades, but the professors and TAs are more than willing to help, so you'll be fine as long as you take academics seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Figure out what you really want to achieve here, and go for it, or you'll get lost because they are so many resources; but at the same time keep your options open so that you can try out different things. 2. Pace yourself. Don't sacrifice your entertainment time or meal time just to study because you'll not be efficient at all. Don't procrastinate, don't leave work till ht least minute. 3. Study hard, keep calm and positive.

    In three sentences

    UWM is really a friendly school, everyone is so nice and easygoing here. I don't feel homesick because this university gives you a sense of home. Large campus, strict academic requirements and tons of opportunities and beautiful view all year round, even when it snows.

  • 12/08/2013

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The traditions at Badger football games are awesome. You truly have to go to one to understand the awesome Badger spirit. All Badger games (football, basketball, hockey) have fun traditions for the student sections that you really have to experience while here. There's also the annual snowball fight between lakeshore and southeast dorms in the winter.

    What to do for fun

    State Street is always a place to go for fun on the weekend. There are so many cool shops and restaurants on State as well as concert venues and museums. During the fall and early winter they have a farmer's market all around the capitol which is very fun to check out on the weekends. You can take a hike to the beautiful Picnic Point, which is very relaxing and a wonderful sight.

    Food and Dining

    The food on UW-Madison's campus compared to others is very, very good. Whether you go to Gordon or Dejope (the two dining halls), you'll be provided an array of different foods that are fresh and appetizing. They always have fresh fruit and vegetables and provide food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all times. There is also many other places to get food scattered all throughout the campus so you can always find good food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in Madison is overall very nice for students. There are an array of halls to live in, so you can pick which features of which halls interest you more and request that hall to live in. They always have activities going on and depending on the hall some will provide air conditioning which is very nice in the beginning of the school year when its hot and humid.

    Academic Rigor

    Madison is known for its rigorous academics. You definitely will be challenged here, but it's absolutely a good thing. Professors give you the material and expectation to strive and propel you forward. You work hard, but it is definitely doable if you try hard enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    A high GPA is impressive, but Madison really cares about involvement. Being a part of clubs, sports, organizations, etc. shows how versatile and hard-working you are and shows that you are ready to take on similar activities here to contribute to UW-Madison.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great school. The school spirit is unreal, it doesn't get much better. There are also endless things to do in Madison right on campus from State Street to concerts to Picnic Point and everything in between.

  • 12/08/2013

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of parties every weekends on UW-Madison. Also, watching the badger athletics is also fun thing to do!

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining system is pretty good in UW-Madison. Instead of meal plans, you get to charge money on your wisc card and use your wisc card to eat in your dining hall. This helps people who don't eat as much to save a lot of money.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on where you choose to live. If you want to stay in a quiet place and away from parties and noise, you would want to go to the Lake Shore side, but if you want to party and be closer to downtown, you would want to stay in the South East area.

    Academic Rigor

    There are easy A classes and there are classes you would have to try hard to earn good grades. However, most of the professors here are very good at teaching and willing to help you out if you have any problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes that you had interest in high school even though that has nothing to do with your major. You should try everything you wanted to do but be responsible of your actions.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is very exciting, I am currently a sophomore in college and I have learned and experienced a lot of things in UW-Madison. As an international student, I was scared at first because my english isn't perfect, but most of the people I met in UW-Madison were very nice to me. I am hoping to get the most out of UW-Madison while I am here.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something exciting to do in Madison, Wisconsin. State street always has something going on during the weekends. Intramural sports are always an option. There are plenty of clubs on campus to keep you busy as well and there are many places to go out and meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    Gordon's dining facility is a fantastic in terms of college dining. As a current resident in Witte residence hall I find that Gordon's is the easiest way to get food other than keeping ramen in your dorm room.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great place where you meet many new people, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and let loose a little. The southeast dorms like Sellery and Witte are the party dorms but that basically means that it is just a bit harder to fall asleep early on the weekends. There is also the option of going to the lakeshore dorms which are less social often times, have a great proximity to the lake, and are often times much quieter.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult and require hours of work outside of lectures and discussion sessions.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a fantastic school where you can basically learn anything. If you have any doubts in the current school you are attending or are planning on attending, consider UW-Madison.

    In three sentences

    This school is the perfect combination of social life, academics, and opportunity. For all students who value getting a good education they have the opportunity to do that here. For all students who like a place where they can let loose and get great experience socially and in research or internships, they have the opportunity to do that here.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mostly safe. We have updates emailed to all students of what and where illegal activities took place, as well as tips to help prevent becoming a victim of said crimes.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea

    Clubs and Activities

    Top notch sports and an amazing amount of student orgs

    Great for these types of students

    students with high cognitive ability who can balance hard work and fun activity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump around, polar plunge, 5th quarter, visiting lincoln pre-exam, wandos

    Bang for the buck

    Hard to say how worth it this will be. I am definitely being challenged and the caliber of students and proffesors is high, but will it translate into better job opportunities?

    What to do for fun

    Tons of student organized activities, sporting events, and other forms of leisure, i.e. stand-up comedy, rock climbing, bowling.

    Food and Dining

    A large variety not only in the campus area, but also in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but I assume it's excellent

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of outside work. Very difficult to maintain a job and keep up with studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Life's not fair and neither are exams. Be ready for some crazy tests!

    In three sentences

    A challenging environment filled with students who don't mind hard work or having fun.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can have fun in the gyms at the rec center, enjoy a video game or movie night in your dorm, take a swim in the lake, play on the volley ball courts, or tour downtown. Never a dull night!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. If you need to switch it up from dorm food every once and a while, State Street has great restaurants with a wide variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Lots of locations to choose from! Laundry stations are barely ever full and there are tons of cool people to meet on any floor you get. The rooms are nice and they have everything you need in them to enjoy the year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is up there. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very prominent school that prides itself on great well-rounded students. Be ready to work but also be ready to have a lot of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research where you want to live. There are a ton of cool dorms to choose from and their locations range from all around campus. Find out what location would suite you best and if it will be close to your classes.

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus with lots of fun things to do around downtown. It has everything you need from running trails on the lake to good dining restaurants downtown. It is the perfect college town with lots of fun people to meet!

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our university police does an excellent job of keeping us safe and responding to emergencies and concerns promptly. There are also free options for students who are out late and need an escort home so that they aren't alone at night. The campus does a great job of making it feel safe and homey for its students.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have never seen such a wide range of clubs, organizations, and groups anywhere in my life. No one is ever bored. If you want it we have if and if we don't have it you can make it!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone in any major with any interests. UW-Madison offers almost all of it and if we don't have the program, chances are you can work with the faculty to make the program yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several traditions, one of which is that you must sit on Lincoln's lap before your first exam for good luck. We also have the traditional southeast vs lake shore dorm snowball fight on Bascom hill with the first big snowfall, which coincides with the annual Bascom hill sledding tradition, also on the first snow of the year. My favorite place on campus is the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. There are some amazing things in there, including a musical floor based on the Fibonacci Sequence of Music. It is pretty incredible.

    Bang for the buck

    It gets to be a little pricey for the out of state students but man are there options when it comes to financial aid and programs and everything else.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to do it, you can probably find it on campus or very near to it. We are right by the capitol, have tons of museums, shopping and dining on State Street right off campus, campus is right on the lake so we have all sorts of summer and winter activities, and a free zoo right near by. Of course, if you just want some quiet time, people watching out your window with a cup of tea is always an entertaining option as well!

    Food and Dining

    The food is well prepared and diverse. Keep and eye on the times your dining hall is open and you shouldn't have a problem finding delicious, healthy food to help keep the freshman 15 away.

    Dorm Life

    I am not a huge fan of living with so many people, but as far as the atmosphere goes, it is a wonderful place full of comradery and good friends. I would recommend spending at least one year in the dorms just to say you have the experience and if you absolutely hate it, there are ways you get out of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Its hard but you learn a LOT. Keep an open mind and keep on top of the work and you shouldn't get overwhelmed. And if you do, talk to your professor, they are pretty willing to accommodate different situations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with at least an idea of what field of study you want to go into. They say you can wait until your sophomore year, but to fulfill department prerequisites, it is a lot better to be ahead of the game and know where you are headed early on. Make sure you talk to your adviser when you make those decisions though; they are a good resource and can be contacted easily.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is a wonderful school with a wide variety of people, programs, and organizations that will keep anyone busy and interested. The professors are fair and really make an effort to help students learn rather than make their classes impossible to pass. The campus itself is beautiful, active, and welcoming; a perfect place to call home so long as you don't mind a little snow in the winter.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Oh gosh. The cops are so smooth here. Like if there's a gunman, they're on it (and unfortunately there are time to timeâ?¦armed robberies are common in fall). I get WiscAlerts sent to my phone, so I always know when and where there is danger. The buildings are also very secure.

    Greek Life

    Hahahaâ?¦I laugh because I just turned in a huge project pertaining to Greek Life here at UW. Even though I'm not a member of the Greek community, I know many people that are. Not one person regrets their decision to go Greek. The few interactions I had with frats and sororities have all been positive. They are responsible, and though they like to party, they go the extra mile to make sure nothing bad happens. They all seem to love their brothers/sisters, and it seems a very positive influence in their life. But, as I said, I only talked to 3 organizations, so I'm not sure how the others are. I would assume they are similar.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a member of the Speech Team here at Wisconsin. It is very time consuming, but very fun! I am also a member of the lawn sports club, so in the fall I had a great time playing bean bag toss and stupid stuff like that. You can basically join anything you want here. The Org Fair at the beginning of the year is super helpful if you want to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hardworking, fun, intelligent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We went sledding down Bascom Hill. It was literally the best thing everâ?¦until I ran into a tree.

    Bang for the buck

    Is it pricey? Yeah, I guess. But in all honesty, the education here is one to brag about. This year UW was ranked as #19 in the world's top 100 university. THE WORLD. That means that there is only 18 schools in the world better than us. And it costs me less than $20,000 a year. A degree from Madison is a lot cheaper than a degree from a private school, and it has more impact too. By that I mean there is a lot of networking and connections at Madison, and badgers are badgers for life. You will be immediately recognized by an employer if you share the same Alma Mater.

    What to do for fun

    Oh gosh. I'm a huge sports person, so I got season basketball tickets. I have to say it is an absolute BLAST! (12-0â?¦whoop whoop!) I love the school spirit here! Other things to do are go shopping, hang out in the dorms, see plays, concerts, basically anything you can think of. Yes, there is a huge reputation for partying here. I, myself, am not a partier and I have not even had a drink this semester (and no, I'm not a socially awkward person or super dedicated to my studiesâ?¦just never wanted to try it is all). It is super easy to avoid the party scene, at least it is in Chadbourne. But I mean, if you're into partying, there's a lot of that going on. If you're not, don't let that sway you because it's easy to avoid.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good, but it gets old after a while. But I feel like that is to be expected. The places you can go out to eat at are endless, though! State Street has so many good eats!

    Dorm Life

    I live in Chadbourne, and the location is PRIME. Everyone on my floor is super friendly, and I really enjoy spending time with them. Although I haven't made anyone I would consider a best friend here, I totally get along with everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though I took very easy classes my first semester (since I came in with 24 credits and wanted to explore possible major options), I still found that they were harder than I thought they would be. I know a lot of my friends have to work hard to get good grades. Definitely is not a blow off school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study! Your GPA will matter in the future, so don't blow it your first semester!

    In three sentences

    Attending UW was the best decision I've ever made. I am getting a wonderful education at a pretty decent price. I love this city, this school, and I am truly growing as a person here.

  • 12/18/2013

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    Food and Dining

    The school buffet itself has many options, including vegetarian and varies often. The city itself has plentiful restaurants and bistros in which to grab a quick lunch or head out with friends for the night.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very updated and clean, with many different opportunities on where to reside.

    Academic Rigor

    This institution is highly ranked among other US Universities and offers exceptional opportunities to learn and grow as a prospective student and innovator.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider the size and cost of this institution: it might surprise you!

    In three sentences

    UW Madison has everything a school could offer. The big-ten atmosphere adds a unique social experience that encompasses a true college spirit feel. Lake Mendota in close proximity to the city of Madison allows for a amalgamation of urban and natural life-styles, both of which I have been searching for in a school. The academics and research opportunities are top-notch and highly ranked among other US Universities, and the diverse city of Madison offers bountiful opportunities for internships and future job prospects.

  • 12/20/2013

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your prospective schools. You could love the school a lot then get there and hate all of it. So visit the school/town before you commit.

    In three sentences

    The campus was very clean and the nature there was gorgeous. The campus was all closely knit together, and the students all showed pride in going to the University. The campus was everything that I could want in a college.

  • 12/22/2013

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on majors you plan on attaining before applying. Read up on their university and its extensive history. Join a Fraternity or Sorority

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison is an excellent, prestigious state university located in our great state of Wisconsin. I have had the honor of participating in various programs they have offered to me throughout my middle school years, and plan on participating in events hosted by them in the future. They are also high on the list in the top 100 universities in the United States, which really tells you about how excellent this university is.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most part I feel very safe attending UW Madison. It is located in a big city, so it is wise to follow general good safety tips such as always locking your apartment/dorm, not walking alone at night, and being aware of your surroundings.

    What to do for fun

    State Street offers a variety of restaurants, shops, and bars. The capitol square is a beautiful place to visit, and occasionally has events occurring there. The lakeshore path is an excellent place for walking, biking, or running, as the view is phenomenal. The SERF and the NAT offer excellent work out facilities and a variety of fitness classes. The sporting events held at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall are also always a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Gordon Dining and Event Services is excellent. It is very reasonably priced, there are many food options, and the facility is beautiful. Food elsewhere around campus, especially at the Unions, can be very expensive and overall I have found is not really worth the money.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms because I did not attend UW Madison my Freshmen year of college, and did not want to live in the dorms because they were very expensive. I have heard from other students that they enjoyed the dorm life for the most part, but preferred having their own apartments and houses.

    Academic Rigor

    I was a transfer student from a different UW school. Some of the more rigorous classes at my first institution were comparable to the average three credit class at UW Madison, but overall the courses at UW Madison have been more demanding. It is very possible to do well in the courses, but only if you put in a great deal of time and effort, utilize all class resources, and reach out to your TAs and professors. I feel very prepared for my chosen profession from the academic rigor of the courses at UW Madison.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to office hours for TAs and your professors, aim for visiting at least one office hour a week. Even if you don't think you have questions, you can ask your professor or TA to talk through a recent topic with you to test your understanding. This has been the most useful study tool I have learned. It is also beneficial to rewatch lectures before the exam if your professor records them.

    In three sentences

    UW Madison offers very detailed courses to provide a great education. The professors and TAs have always been very helpful during class and office hours, despite many classes having sizes of hundreds of students. The campus is beautiful and offers a wonderful variety of services for students.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since UW Madison is known for the active nightlife, it is true that there are many fun parties to attend, but that is not where all of the fun lies. In the fall, the famous Badger football games are the ultimate crowd pleasers. Being surrounded by a field of red and swinging around chanting songs with your friends while supporting your favorite football team is one of the most fun ways to spend your Saturdays. In addition, UW Madison offers five hundred student organizations. These are groups of students run by students and are extremely fun to partake in and may eventually lead to a leadership position within the club, which always looks good on a resume. Joining something that intrigues your interest such as robotics club or swing dancing can make the college experience that much more fun. If there is something that you are interested in but it is not offered, then all you need to do is start your own student organization and the school will fund you the money to create one. This can be a fun and innovative way to endorse your leadership skills. Furthermore, if you are an active person but not committed enough to a sport to join the professional UW teams, intermural teams are an alternative route to pursuing your passions. Other things that you can do for fun are go swimming on Lake Mendota during the summer, or go skiing on the lake during the winter. Thatâ??s the thing about UW Madison, there is always just so much to do that itâ??s difficult to find time to fit it all in.

    Food and Dining

    Although food and dining can get somewhat expensive at UW because there is no meal plan, the options available are more than enough. Since you have to spend the entire year there, in my opinion, it is more beneficial to pay just a little bit more and have more options instead of pay the minimal amount but be stuck eating the same food each week. The dining halls have different sections for different meals that one may be in the mood for. There are many stations: noodles, sandwich, Asian food, Mexican food, a salad bar, etc. Each day, there is fresh fruit and dessert, and the fridges are stocked with any type of drink imaginable. Overall, there are abundant options available to satisfy everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at UW Madison is phenomenal. There are various places that a student can choose to live on campus; it all depends on oneâ??s personality. At UW Madison, there are two â??neighborhoodsâ??, Southeast, which is like the downtown area, and Lakeshore, which is the quieter area by the lake. As can be inferred, Southeast is the place where all of the parties and nightlife is centered around, meaning that it is a very rambunctious neighborhood to live in. Nonetheless, the dorms in Southeast are highly populated, so it is very easy to make friends and be social. On the other hand, Lakeshore is a more peaceful and calming place to live. There are small houses spread right along the lake, with few people populating each house. The bright side upon living in these houses on Lakeshore is that you can make long-lasting, meaningful friendships. In addition, since the Lakeshore neighborhood is a more peaceful atmosphere, it is much easier to focus on your studies and not get distracted. Either way, each dorm is special in its own way; it ultimately just comes down to personality. Wherever a student ends up living, they will get the total dorm experience, in just a different form.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at UW Madison is unbelievably challenging; but I say that in the most positive sense. There are a lot of introductory courses that many freshmen must take, in which there are about three hundred students per lecture hall and only fifteen percent of the students, which equates to about forty five students, will end up with an A in the course. This may be somewhat intimidating to students who have come into UW Madison as valedictorians of their high school, but nonetheless, it is a good form of intimidation because it forces each student to try their absolute best and put a lot of effort into their work. The professors at UW also make the transition a lot easier because they are always willing to help the student comprehend the material, but it is up to the student to visit them during their office hours. Doing this can be extremely beneficial because everyone is in the same boat, the material will be challenging for everyone, but the ones who ask for help are the ones who stand out to the professor. In return, the relationship that a student builds with their professor will only benefit them in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I could advise prospective students upon arriving to Madison, I would give them two basic tips. The first piece of advice would be to not procrastinate. Procrastination is extremely common among college students because it seems as if you have more time to get things done as opposed to during the high school days, but this extra time that is available goes by very quickly and you are left to cramming a seven page research paper the night before it is due. Procrastination leads to nothing but poor results and it is not worth risking your grades to learn this lesson the hard way. The second piece of advice that I would give to prospective students is to try their best to come out of their comfort zone. It is a bit intimidating to do this when you are attending such a large and prestigious school, but it is definitely rewarding because it can lead to encountering upon something you love doing and making life-long friends. This is one case in which I would advise incoming students to take a risk because you never know what you will stumble upon.

    In three sentences

    University of Wisconsin-Madison is the ideal university for any student because it offers many opportunities to integrate any type of personality into becoming a Badger. The university maintains a very rigorous curriculum and the competition powers each student to reach his or her full potential. Lastly, UW Madison is the epitome of fun with many activities, organizations, and nightlife events for students to be immersed in the entire experience of the â??college lifeâ??.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being at the center of downtown Madison there are countless opportunities and activities to spend time on. Countless clubs and organizations will fill your schedule to the brim if you choose. If you're not interested in Greek Life or intramural activities then there are also many sporting events, such as Badger Football, basketball, hockey, that are unlike any other atmosphere i've ever experienced before.

    Food and Dining

    UW Madison offers two programs to students which are most helpful and simple to sign up for. Red Card is what non-dorm students typically opt for which allows them to hold money in an account and eat at most every restaurant they choose at a discounted price! WisCard is the other alternative which typically allows freshman in the dorms to walk to their nearby dining hall and choose from a wide choice of food at a discounted price as well.

    Dorm Life

    Nationally ranked 7th in overal dorm life- Sellery Hall is a great experience. Located right next to Gordons Hall, a dining facility, and in the heart of all classes any freshman could expect to enroll in. Dorm life is dependent on your ability to socialize and budget your time as there are certainly many distractions.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at UW Madison is on a level above many other colleges and that is why potential employers recruit more directly towards Madison students with degrees in their fields. The rigor of courses is certainly manageable however, if you can coordinate your time correctly. Attending all classes is the most valuable way to earn an excellent grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Do extra curricular activities. Enjoy social environments.

    In three sentences

    The University of Wisconsin Madison is an experience like no other. Ranked on a world scale, Madison is one of the most prestigious academically oriented colleges around along with an incredible amount of opportunities outside of the classroom. Located in the center of downtown Madison, saying this university is beautiful doesn't quite do it justice.

  • 01/08/2014

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    What to do for fun

    A lot of people go to sports games.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants on and off campus are great. :)

    Dorm Life

    There is always something for the dorms to do.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the coursework is manageable if you use your time wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you stay on track with assignments.

    In three sentences

    The University of Madison is a great school.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety may be rated as fair. There are a few campus police on call and Safe Ride services are provided for students who are located out of reach from their residences late at night. Their services include student walking escorts and cabs. It's advised that students should have one other person with them during late night hours for cautionary measures. All dorms and most campus living sites are secured and can only be entered with a key, buzzer, swipe of a card, or sensor.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very knit tight on the UW-campus. The Greeks are very active in the community as well as on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities ranging from intramural sports to leadership organizations, Greek life to cultural student organizations, clubs for your major to scholarship groups, to dance teams and religious groups. Madison has every club and activity you can possibly think of. If one doesn'Â?t exist, it'Â?s possible to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    UW is great for students that are attracted to a big campus. The campus holds over 30,000 students. It also has great repertoire for sports because it's ranked Division 1.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween and Mifflin are two of the most unusual traditions on campus. State Street is completely blocked off for day and only can be entered with a fee. There are people who come from all over the world just to walk these streets in their costumes. They also have an act come to performer and many places that throw costume parties. Mifflin is a block party, open for the town to listen to music and simply have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    The cost to attend to UW is fair. They have reciprocity for those who live in MN. Ultimately, the rewards for what you're paying for is far more than the cost. It's marketable to employers and others.

    What to do for fun

    Many of popular events on campus include walking the trail of Lakeshore, watching shows at the Union while catching the view of Lake Mendota, getting a bite to eat on State Street, and taking tours at the state's Capital. The Union is always having performances, showcases, and movie premieres, concerts, and other gigs. Madison is also known for throwing spectacular events on Halloween and on St. Patrick's Day, Mifflin Days, and Maxwell Days. Different people from all around the world attend these events and are part of the town's history! Last but not the least, attending the Badger games is a must. It's an awesome experience that will remind you why you joined the Badger family. Whether it'Â?s catching a hockey or basketball game at the Kohl Center or joining Zumba at the Surf (gym), the campus will keep you on your toes.

    Food and Dining

    There are few stop-and go stores located in the dorm dining halls as well as sit-in dining. Costs are fairly reasonable but its dependent on the item. Their locations are convenient and are open to all students whether they live in that particular dorm or not, as long as a personal UW ID is present. The taste of the food is satisfactory.

    Dorm Life

    UW offers special learning community dorms such as Bradley Hall and multi-cultural floors like the MLC (multicultural learning center) found in Witte Hall. The dorm life on campus is very friendly environment for students to get adjusted to the college setting and provides the opportunity for them to engage with others. Many of the dorms also hold events like the All-Campus party, cookouts, and etc. All in all, the dorm life really brings students together, creating a greater sense of community and unity.

    Academic Rigor

    All students will experience a challenge one way or another during the course of their studies. Depending on the major chosen, academic rigor may vary. As you move closer to your core classes, the intensity and amount of work may increase.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy to explore the campus, meet new people, build relationships with your professors, or even join a student organization! Your college experience is your ticket to a possible job opportunity. It's important that you learn to expand your network and develop your personal brand so employers will see you as someone marketable. Make sure to utilize all campus resources (professors, teaching assistants, job center, advisers, etc.). Finally, don't lose sight of your goals.

    In three sentences

    UW-Madison ranks among the top 10 schools academically! From the Greek life to the notable campus events, to the crowded Badger football games to the view of the state's capital, Madison never sleeps. Though a small town, the bond the students have with each other builds a greater sense of community, making your college experience worth remembering.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a lot of frats and sorority on campus and people do join them but honestly, you don't need to join one to go to their parties or have fun. They do a lot of events on campus so if you join one make sure you have the ability to manage your time well! I do know that people who join Greek life love it so it's up to you whether you want to. It's definitely not the only way to socialize on campus though!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freakfest is an annual Halloween celebration where everyone dresses up in their costumes and party on the streets. There are musical performances on the streets.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do on campus for fun! State street is probably the most popular. There are a ton of restaurants and snack places, plus many different types of shops. There's an overture center also if you're into music and art exhibits. There's also Majestic Theater where there are cheap concerts to attend! If you're looking for something more peaceful, there's also Picnic Point to visit on the lakeshore side. And in the warmer months, there are also bonfires :) And lastly, Freakfest during Halloween weekend is so fun! Basically a giant party on State Street!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is generally good :) there's a variety of foods such as salads, sandwiches, Mexican, burgers, omelets, soups and many cultural foods. The deserts are also super good! And there are special nights such as waffle night, nacho night, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Before attending college, I would hear about terrible stories from people about bad roommates and terrible bathroom situations but the UW-Madison dorm life is great! The southeast side is definitely more rowdy and everyone is super friendly so don't be afraid to say hi and start up a conversation. Lakeshore is quieter but the dorms are wonderful and it's really pretty and peaceful for people that don't want the crazy southeast life.

    Academic Rigor

    The schoolwork is tough but it's definitely doable if you apply the right amount if time and energy into it. The professors want you to do well and they are willing to help but if you don't put in the effort, your GPA will severely suffer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't lose sight of what's really important in college, the academics! It's really easy to go to a top party school and get caught up with all the fun but the work is tough at UW-Madison and definitely requires some time and effort. There's also a super great support system on campus from the faculty and students so don't worry if you need to get help for anything! It's truly a great school to attend!

    In three sentences

    Going to a school 900 miles away from home, UW-Madison was the best school for me. The students here are very warming and made me feel very welcomed! The academics are tough but it is a world renowned school so I did not expect anything less.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university police department does a great job of keeping everyone safe and watching over the campus. There is a program called safe walk where a male and female will come pick you up from anywhere on campus at night and walk with you to any place you're going on campus free of charge, so that you aren't alone at night. It is a great way to be able to have fun and stay safe. The university also sends out alerts through text or email (your choice) if there is a threat of any kind on campus and does a fantastic job of keeping you up to date of what is happening, which areas to avoid, and when the threat is gone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prevalent on campus, but isn't dominant. If you want to be in a sorority or fraternity, there is plenty to choose from and rush week is crazy! But if it isn't your thing, its not a big deal at all. It is not clique-y like high school.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students! There is definitely a fit here for everyone! Everyone learns differently and enjoys different things and the university recognizes this and provides many opportunities for tutoring, research, clubs, activities, and other pastimes. There is literally something here for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions, such as the snowball fight and Abe Lincoln's toe, but to find out more about these traditions and discover others, come to campus for a visit or just attend school here!

    Bang for the buck

    Its a lot of money, but with the many opportunities on campus for research and internships, the well-known professors, academic rigor, and guidance provided by advisors, I feel like students here are just about getting an ivy league level of education for a lot less money than an actual ivy league. It is such a well known school and it takes pride in keeping its reputation among the best. Definitely worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do on campus, no matter what you enjoy. The school does have a big reputation for partying, and there definitely is a lot of that on campus, but there is also much more to do. There are beautiful trails to bike and walk on, and there are plenty of clubs to join that hold many activities throughout the semesters. Dorms hold several activities throughout the semester as well, for you to get to know the others that you are living with. Sports games are huge on campus and going to any kind of Badger game is always a good time and always exciting. State St. is just a block off campus with plenty to do, from shopping to several restaurants and coffee shops. Overall, there is something for everyone in the endless supply of things to do on campus or just off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good on campus and there are plenty of dining halls to go to, no matter where you are on campus. There is no meal plan, just putting money onto your ID card, which doubles as a sort of debit card on campus, and using it to buy the food and other things on campus, such as laundry. Its a much more convenient way to keep track of your money and saves you from wasting any. They do a great job of having variety in the food choices and just about all the dining halls on campus are new.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is definitely like no other! There are two neighborhoods on campus where dorms are located. Lakeshore dorms are more far away from classes and are quieter. Southeast dorms have a good location on campus and are more for the social butterflies. Southeast dorms are louder and there is definitely always more going on on that side of campus. All dorms host different activities though, especially at the start of each semester, as a chance to get to know the people you are living with/near, which can be a lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Not going to lie, this is definitely a tough school, but when your willing to make the effort to study and do as well as you possibly can, your grades will definitely reflect that. The professors are at the top of their field so they can expect a lot sometimes, but it makes you have a fuller understanding of the topic. The academic rigor makes you more proud of yourself and your grades when you do well and is often more rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to put in lots of hard work! The classes are tough and in no way like high school classes, but if you put in the time and effort to do well, your hard work will be reflected in your GPA. And before your first day of classes in the fall, do a walk through of where your classes are. Its a big campus and can be intimidating at first but doing a walk through of your schedule is super helpful and makes your first day more exciting and less nerve-racking.

    In three sentences

    As big as the school is, there is a strong sense of community and school spirit on campus that, to me, makes it very special and sets it apart from other big 10 schools. Game days are like no other, and there is always something to do, no matter what your preference. The campus is gorgeous and your professors are at the top of their field.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Ask about their buddy program! It's amazing and I know I would definitely use it :)

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a squirrel watching club... What???

    Great for these types of students

    If you like a suburban feel with the option of escaping to the quiet lake side, this is the place for you!

    Bang for the buck

    It was a bit expensive for us when we visited but that's understandable. Not everything can be cheap everywhere you go.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the capitol building! It only takes a few minutes and will give you lots of cool photos to share :)

    Food and Dining

    Tons of restaurants that accept the campus's paying method

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the ENTIRE campus! If you don't like one corner of it, the other corner is exactly the opposite and might be what you're looking for

    In three sentences

    My favorite part of the campus and the town was State Street. It was so nice to walk a few blocks and have hundreds of stores and restaurant to choose from. To top it off, the capitol building is at the end of the street and is definitely worth a visit.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many options for things to do, either through the school or just on campus. Madison itself has awesome things to offer in their downtown or various other parts of the cities.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on what dorm you stay in, but there are countless options for the environment you're looking for.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never taken a class I have felt was extremely easy, but the rigor of the courses always proves to be worth it in the end when your elaize how much you have learned and taken from the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in some sort of student program, you'll meet people with common interests and learn other prospective career paths you may have not even known existed before.

    In three sentences

    I am extremely proud to attend world ranked university that fosters education and cares about you as an individual. I have never not loved attending my school and I have never been disappointed in the class content or programs I have been involved in. Not only academically is the school amazing but the campus life and students activities ensure for a welcoming environment.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Cheese club!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Any. UWM is very accepting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub Abe's nose!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Good if you are in it for the long haul.

    What to do for fun

    You name it! Perties, wlaking, biking, any sport, movies, outings, and a tone of different worthy causes!

    Food and Dining

    I am a basic eater. Gordon has a nice variety and about everything is good.

    Dorm Life

    I love it. I have made many lifelong friends including my roommate and just about e veryone on my floor and beyond.

    Academic Rigor

    My first semeste was overwhelming and an eye opener. I am in my second semester and now know what to expect. You eed to stay on top of your studies, day in and day out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join some clubs, take a FIG and leave your dorm room door open so you meet paeople and will therefore not be voerwhelmed by the size of the school. Meet your teachers and TA's. Don't expect this to be like high school.

    In three sentences

    A well respected public university which just happens to be in a great small town. UWM is an awesome place to learn as well as network for the future. If you want to do it, odds are you can at UWM.

  • 03/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sure, it's a city campus so there's crime. Be careful - don't walk down paths or at night alone. Read the info the university, dorms and police send about being safe.The university police and Madison police are always around. There's an escort available during the nights; you just have to call.

    Greek Life

    IDK - I didn't rush and have no interest in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't list them all...there's a club for EVERYTHING and everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    intelligent, studious, goal-driven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    OMG: Wearing a UW-Madison anything, always....borrowing the trays from the food courts for sledding, being woken up on Saturday mornings on the day of a home FB game, early, by the band

    Bang for the buck

    For me, as an out-of-state student, it's very expensive, but the education I will have is worth it. For in-state students, it's incredibly reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    sled, skate, swim, boating, run, bike, join clubs, swing dance, meditation, politics, write for one of the papers, tryout for a play, the band (that's my biggest enjoyment), movies, attend school events and athletics, explore the downtown area, the gardens, the planetarium...there's so much to do, if you don't find something you like, it's YOUR fault. There's a club for EVERYTHING! You don't need to drink or use drugs to have a great time. Despite what you hear, most of us don't.

    Food and Dining

    It's good, though it can get monotonous. Every dorm has a frig and mwave and there are plenty of low cost options for delivery and to walk to that are healthy, even in a Wisconsin winter.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoy my dorm. Our leader always has something planned, suggestions...my floor has become good friends and there's always someone to study with.

    Academic Rigor

    It is difficult. That's why we go here...but there is no reason to not do well. Ask for help, sign up for a tutor with the GUTS program.

    Tips for prospective students

    JOIN something. It's a huge university. You need to narrow it. Join one of the special residence halls, join a couple clubs, get active and go meet your professors and TAs during their office hours within the first two weeks. Ask a question even if you already know the answer. ITS HUGE! You need to be the one to connect and then the prof and TA will remember you. Form and go to study groups. As a freshman, consider being part of the FIG classes. Leave your car at home and bring a bike!!!! There's nowhere near enough parking on campus.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely wonderful. Every TA and Prof is there and available to answer any questions. Despite what you hear, UW-Madison does offer grants to out-of-state students.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe

    Greek Life

    I am not into Greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs and activities

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for every one

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Badger football games are great

    What to do for fun

    Wisconsin Dells, Chicago, Milwaukee, hiking at local state parks

    Food and Dining

    Food is good

    Dorm Life

    A dorm is a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Five star on academic rigor, especially in honors science classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring warm clothing and heavy jacket to keep warm.

    In three sentences

    Wisc is challenging and rewarding. Made many new friends. I recommend it.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Madison is generally pretty safe. And there are usually no problems, but its better to bring a buddy and be safe rather than sorry.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 750 registered student organizations you're bound to find something that fits you.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who play hard and work harder.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're from Wisconsin UW-Madison is generally a good deal. It's more expensive as an out-of-state student or international student but there are a lot of financial aid options.

    What to do for fun

    When it's not basketball or football season, the arboretum is a short bus ride away and if you're looking to release your inner child the Madison Children's Museum is close too.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is an excellent option for busy students. The meals aren't over priced and have a lot of options. They're also very accommodating for special diets.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms have a great atmosphere and are an excellent way to make friends your freshman and sophomore year. Sure they're not 5 star hotels, but the atmosphere makes up for it.

    Academic Rigor

    UW-Madison is difficult. But if it wasn't it wouldn't be very respected as a top university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to reach out for help, if you're struggling in a class professors are more than happy to give you a hand. Get involved, there are over 750 registered student organizations on campus. What better way to make friends than talking about common interests?

    In three sentences

    Badgers play hard, and work harder. If you truly want to do well here there are plenty of resources for you to do so.

  • 04/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In recent years there have been quite a few robberies and harassment emails going out to students. Safewalk is a great option to use (although most of us forget once we have to walk home in -2 degree weather at 1 am...)

    Greek Life

    Love greek life here, small from an outside perspective (only 10%) but seems huge once you are in it. Because it is smaller than other schools the community is more tight knit. Expanding greek life for sure. Wish there was a better relationship with the Greeks and Non-greeks though. There can be a bit of tension sometimes. There is always something to do though when you are in greek life and is a great experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of student orgs to join, may have to look around on the WIN website to find what you are interested in as there are so much and it is hard to find out about them all. May not be as close with the people in your org as you will other friends but that isn't true for all orgs on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, outgoing, proud, big city or small city kids, hard working that want their work to pay off after college

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump Around, Varsity, Country night at the KK, Fishbowls at Wandos, Fifth Quarter, the list goes on

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state: great price and great scholarships and financial aid Out-of-state: not so much, definitely still worth it as UW has some of the top ranked programs in the nation, but expect to be paying a lot more than what your friend from Wisconsin is paying

    What to do for fun

    Bars are pretty big in Madison. There are pre-bars and there are a-bars. If you can't get into bars during that middle period there is always a party somewhere. I promise. Tailgates, frats and parties by Camp Randall are HUGE on football gamedays. Best time of the year by far. Gamedays are unlike any other. Tons of places to see concerts nearby. Madison is a hub for good music so go check out your favorite artist with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Gordon's food is awesome. I still go back to get their dining hall food. So many options. Plus a waffle bar... Food carts in library mall are bomb. Seriously try every cart at one point. A little pricey but oh so worth it. Go to restaurants up by the capitol if you are feeling a little fancier and want a delicious meal. Oh and Ian's Pizza. Yes.

    Dorm Life

    You will have to step around vomit in the halls after coming home from a study night at 3 am on a Tuesday. You will be woken up by freshman running around in the halls late at night. You will also meet some of your best friends to join student orgs with, enroll in the same classes with, or go through rush with. You'll become close with those on your floor and for years to come, find them at a bar and reunite and take a 10A family picture. I promise. It'll happen. Lakeshore is a bit secluded from this hustle and bustle but it is much more quiet and pretty up by the lake. Pick whatever fits you best. Take the 80 and you'll get to either southeast campus or lakeshore campus in less than 10 mins.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone will be working just as hard if not harder than you are. They will be at College Library until 5 if you go until 3. Make sure you work hard and play hard. Some classes are curved (for example most classes in the B school) so that the mean average is below a 3.0. There is no doing the bare minimum for most classes (although there are the easy A science/humanities/core courses that we all know about and that you will be able to do nothing for an A)

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit State Street, Bascom, the Terrace, Grainger Hall, the Union, Gordon's and Library Mall to see a diverse range of students. You should probably be able to say no to going out sometimes, Sunday night people will be going out but you should probably be studying for that o-chem exam on Tuesday...

    In three sentences

    There is always someone to go out with and walk you home at 3am, just as there is always someone to go to the library at 6... and still walk you home at 3am . Everyone studies just as hard as they party. Badgers will be the most enthusiastic, proud and friendly people you will ever meet.