University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, WI, USA

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University of Wisconsin-Platteville
3.88 Average Rating

Marissa from Oregon, WI

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There are a lot of different classes that are offered at Platteville. You get to pick and choose which classes you want to take.
Am enjoying being here
I love being on campus. Everything is so close and near by. Everyone on campus is friendly and will help when ever needed. Its a great place to make new friends and get an education for your future career.
Tips for prospective students
Platteville has a variety of majors and minor that it offers. If one is undecided as to what they want to go into there are advisers that are there to help you figure it out.
Great for these types of students
Platteville is a small campus college. The classes have about 20 to 30 students per one teacher. The big lecture hall classes would have roughly 150 students at most. Professors are very friendly and are willing to help when ever needed.
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Sara from WI

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The majority of my professors are all actively working in their industry in addition to teaching, and therefore are very current on events. This adds an excellent component to class time, I'm never just learning facts, rather useful information I can relate to the real world and the workforce.
Am enjoying being here
Being a transfer student, I am often comparing my experience at Platteville to my previous college. There is a significant difference in school spirit, and the overall feeling of the campus is very positive. I love the location, because I am surrounded by lots of open land but I'm still only an hour away from Madison, and really close to Illinois and Iowa boarders. The town itself also has a lot of restaurants and activities to offer.
Bang for the buck
Platteville definitely offers a quality education for the price, and the facilities are nice. Though the food plan is a little pricey, it is still affordable and the food is decent compared to other colleges. If you are resourceful, you will find a lot of scholarships offered by the college itself. http://www.uwplatt.edu/finaid/scholarships.html This link is an excellent resource for finding scholarships. The parking pass is also very affordable, my previous college was more than double the price of my pass here!
Tips for prospective students
Definitely ask as many questions as you can think of if you come for a campus tour. If you know someone already on campus, maybe ask to shadow them for a day to really experience campus.
Great for these types of students
Many students major in Engineering and Agriculture, though there seems to be a wide range of students on campus. If you like the small campus feel, but are close to larger cities this is the place for you!
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Cassandra from Oconto Falls, WI

accepted here and planning to attend soon
6 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I love the campus atmosphere, being from a graduating class of 32, platteville is the perfect size. I guess one thing that the guys like, the guy to girl ratio is 2:3, keeping them happy! It's not too city like, it has the town and necessities, but it's also very country...we have the largest M to climb!
Tips for prospective students
Consider Platteville for your future college studies! They are one of two schools in Wisconsin that have cadavers, so of you are interested in the medical or criminal justice field, this school is a great choice! Platteville's leading programs are; Engineering, Criminal Justice, and Agriculture. UW Platteville even has its own farm for agriculture studies!
Academic Rigor
Professors and academic advisors here don't want you to have too much on your plate as an incoming freshman, so they try to keep you around 15-16 credits yor first semester. Platteville's undergraduate rates are in the high 80 percentile!
Dorm Life
They currently just built Rountree, a more updated dorm, you get your own bathroom and kitchen, plus it has air conditioning! You need a medical excuse to get one installed in the other dorms such as Porter, Dobson, Melcher, etc.
Food and Dining
The main known place would be Platters, thi is where the typical college food is. However, Platteville also offers many restaraunts and specialty foods. We also have the C Store where you can use your meal plans and points to buy stuff!
What to do for fun
In walking distance, we have bowling alleys, movie theatres, Wal mart (people love going there I guess). The giant M is amazing, the view from up there is indescribable. We are only and he from Madison and 30 min from Dubuqe, Iowa. In Dubuqe you can find many things like the wild life sanctuary, a mall for shopping, river walk, etc.
Bang for the buck
Platteville is not too expensive either! You get a great education with fewer holes in ur pockets and less debt and loans to pay off!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
To be honest, the only thing I know of is the M..once I move in (tomorrow) I will know a lot more of the traditions!
Great for these types of students
Outgoing yet enjoys a little peace and isn't a huge fan of a large city. Adventurous, and easy going kind.
Clubs and Activities
Platteville has over 200 clubs and activities that you can join and you can find them all at their website under pioneer link.
Greek Life
As an incoming freshman I have already received many invites to Greek living. They take it serious yet fun. The Greek life at Platteville is actually pretty large.
Campus Safety
On every light post there is a blue glowing button for safety and to press of you are in danger. Authorities will be there within minutes. There are cameras for safety as well.
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Nicole from Hortonville, WI

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Platteville is perfect for anyone who wants a great education in a fun place without being overwhelmed by a city. It's a small campus in a small town, so don't expect the UW - Madison experience. That being said, UW- Platteville is an excellent place to experience college and spend 4 (or more) great years.
Tips for prospective students
Get a good look at the General Education requirements and if decided, the requirements for you major. That way you won't waste any time or money taking classes you don't need. Also, don't feel like you need a major right away, seeing as your first semester or two can easily be filled with gen eds. The admission criteria isn't too difficult, but you should still try your best on grades, ACT scores, admission essays, etc because it can determine some scholarships for you.
Academic Rigor
The programs for Criminal Justice and Engineering are excellent, considering that's what the school is known for. The education program, while not often mentioned, is actually really great as well. The classes aren't terribly difficult, but it's still going to be a challenge at times, especially when you get into your higher level classes. The intro classes are fairly easy, but not to the point of dumbing the material down.
Dorm Life
The dorms are fairly nice, and I would say they're about the same size as any other campus. The oldest hall (Porter) was just renovated, the newest hall, Rountree, just opened in Fall 2012 and is really nice, and there's another hall being built that should be done by fall 2013. All the halls are pretty much on the same side of campus (except for a few, especially Rountree), so it's a nice separation of academic life and dorm life. The dorms have a lot of activities, including a weekly Friday Night Club. There are also a lot of options. There are several traditional halls, where you share a room with one person and a bathroom with your wing. There are also apartment-style dorms (Southwest Hall) where each suite has four single bedrooms, a living room, a dining area with kitchenette, and two bathrooms. There's also suite-style, where you share a bedroom with one other person, and each suite of two shares a bathroom, fridge, and microwave with another suite of two.
Food and Dining
The food on campus is actually pretty good compared to other schools. I transferred to Platteville from UW - Eau Claire, and personally I think the food is much better here. There are three main options for dining, Platters (buffet), Glenview, and the PSC, all of which are pretty good. The PSC is probably the best option out of the three. One nice thing about the meal plans here is that you have the option of weekly meals or semester meals. Weekly meals give you a number of meals per week, and if you don't use them they're gone. Semester meals just give you a block (150, 175, or 200) of meals for the whole semester (plus 100 points to spend) as you choose.
What to do for fun
As I said earlier, there obviously isn't as much to do as in big cities like Madison. There are a lot of good restaurants in town, such as Las Palmas or Pizzeria Uno. There's also a bowling alley and of course, Second Street has all the bars. There's a disc golf course on campus, too. There's other stuff to do on and off campus, but if Platteville doesn't keep you busy enough, Dubuque is only 30 minutes away, and Madison is a little over an hour away, so it's pretty easy to find something fun to do. There's even a shuttle every weekend that takes students from campus to Madison and back, and a shuttle that goes around town on a daily basis.
Bang for the buck
Being one of the cheapest UW schools, it's definitely good value. The education is high-quality but doesn't cost nearly as much as schools such as Madison. Keep in mind that no matter what the school might tell you, it really doesn't matter that much where you get your degree from, especially a few years after you graduate. Of course for something like business a school like Madison might look better than, say, UW Fox Valley, but a few years into your career, employers care more about your experience than anything else. That all being said, Platteville is still regarded as one of the top engineering and CJ schools, and is good for the rest of its programs as well.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
One thing that's definitely unusual is that the campus was built around a cemetery, but honestly after awhile you get used to it and sort of forget it's there. Another little fact is that Bo Ryan used to coach here, and our basketball court is named after him.
Great for these types of students
If you prefer a smaller town setting, where you know more of your peers and have smaller class sizes, you should seriously consider Platteville. If you're someone who prefers big cities, you honestly probably would get bored here.
Clubs and Activities
There really seems to be something for everyone. There's political clubs, sports clubs, intramurals, and lots of various activities going on all the time. There are even things like Squirrel Club and Doughnut Run Club. The marching band here is pretty good, too. In general, it's pretty easy to get involved with something you love.
Greek Life
I'm not personally in a sorority, but a few of my friends are in fraternities and they really like it. There are the typical fraternities and sororities that sort of fit the stereotype, but there's also a lot that aren't what you'd expect.
Campus Safety
Platteville is pretty good about security. They have campus police around, and there really isn't much danger. Especially being a smaller town, safety really isn't a problem.
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Cassanrda from Marengo, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
i have already began learning things with the classes i am in. there are certain classes that are mandatory for all majors, and future students should know that some of these classes are liberal and can have differing views of those the students have personally.
Will enjoy being here
I have many friends that currently attend, and they have great things to say about the University. I fell in love with their animal science and pre-vet and that is the reason I applied.
Bang for the buck
you are able to get a big college experience for a lower cost than what you would pay at madison.
Tips for prospective students
if you want to attend here, make sure you have your basic knowledge of the classes you will attend, especially chemistry and biology, because the higher classes expect you to be coming in with the basic understanding.
Great for these types of students
agriculture and engineering.
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Neil from Crystal Lake, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Many of the classes are incredibly simple. The higher level classes are much better, but anything 2000 and bellow, you are treated as if you are a freshman in high school. It's really frustrating to be taught an education that is greatly toned down and edited. The number of required survey classes for general education just makes this experience extended for all four years...
Am enjoying being here
There are plenty of nice people and professors, but it's also very slow paced. Nothing as exciting as an in city college, but if that is what you wanted, there is no problem with this school. It seems as if most people here aren't top tier intellectuals, so if you don't want to feel intimidated by a lot of intelligent students, here is the place to be as well.
Bang for the buck
It's super inexpensive and offers several great scholarships. Without scholarships though, it is still one of the cheapest universities around. It offers tons of programs and accepts AP credit for any class they have.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to apply early for scholarships very early, otherwise even a transcript with a 4.0 won't be rewarded. Do it while applying for the school.
Great for these types of students
For people who have been admitted, make sure to research your professors. Many are foreign and impossible to understand. It's always much easier to learn from a professor who speaks your language as their primary one, unless they have a lot of experience in the language. Many here don't have that experience.
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Jordan from Milwaukee, WI

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This college is a rated 8 for me
Tips for prospective students
if you are planning on being a engineer or studying criminal justice this would be a great school for that they also have a good criminal justice classes were you do hands on things.
Academic Rigor
They have good financial ways to help students pay for college
Dorm Life
depending on which residence halls you go for it could be more expensive and less cheaper if you want a good regular size dorm, spacey you can do the McGregor Hall.
Food and Dining
food is really good they have a lot of different healthy food, they also
What to do for fun
community service ,$1 movie nights, traveling class ( Abroad), different sports ( Volleyball, basketball ( girls and boys), softball, track and field and many more
Bang for the buck
They also are diversity its in a little city as well 2 hours away from Milwaukee Wisconsin, 1hours away from Madison Wisconsin, also is close to Chicago Illinois
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
some of there classes are off campus such as vet and criminal justice classes
Great for these types of students
Studying math, science and business, arts, theatre, sociology, they also have it to where you can choose between emphasis, minor and major.
Clubs and Activities
pledge clubs

sports

many more
Campus Safety
They have the security polls all over and its rarely that anything happens at the campus
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Alisha from Rochester, MN

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Platteville has a great campus layout, its not too small or too big. The professors all seem very nice and willing to help you when you need it. Also the classes are perfect sizes, the most students in a class would probably be about 30, which means you wont just be a number to your professor.
Dorm Life
The dorms at Platteville are basically the same size as most college dorm rooms. They are very well kept and there is always someone who can help you if you have any problems with you room.
Food and Dining
Platteville gives their students many different food choices, this way they arent always having the same old lunches all the time.
What to do for fun
Platteville has many different activities and events going on at their school to help the students never be bored. They have concerts and shows that often times come to the school to put on shows for the students.
Great for these types of students
Platteville is great for any type of student, they offer a lot of different majors for their students. This college is smaller university so students who prefer smaller universities would like Platteville.
Clubs and Activities
Platteville offers many different clubs and activities to their students. You can sign up to whichever ones interest you, the clubs are always happy to get new members.
Campus Safety
Platteville has a very safe campus, they tell you about plenty of ways to help keep yourself as safe as possible. If you are walking the campus at night they have saftey phones that you can call for help on if you are feeling unsafe. They also have it where you can call somone to come and walk with you to wherever you need to go on campus.
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Amber from Manchester, IA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
So far Platteville has been extremely willing to work with me and answer any questions I have. They try to place people in the most appropriate classes for them.
Will enjoy being here
The professors and the students are so friendly at Platteville. During my visits there, I felt so comfortable and enjoyed visiting the campus.
Bang for the buck
Platteville is very affordable, especially with there tri-state initiative discount. Instead of paying out of state tuition, it costs less and i have received a great deal of aid to help me out.
Great for these types of students
I think Platteville is good for almost any student. If someone is looking at criminal justice, forensics, education, or engineering as a major, Platteville is a great campus to check out.
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