University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW Madison)

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University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 10 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

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Reviews for University of Wisconsin, Madison

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, Madison is a great school for someone who likes a big campus, diverse foods, football games, and theater productions. The most thing I like about Madison is the advising department. They are always checking in with you and making sure you are on track, I also love the school spirit. The things we do as a community are always lively. One of my greatest memories is when I took the wrong bus and I got lost from campus during my freshman year. The funny thing is that I was lost at the state capital building. Once I realized where I was, I explored the area and came upon State street, which is very famous for shopping and dining. I was able to see all of the different food choices and shopping choices that I had. After walking down the street in fascination, I realized I was back on campus. I would encourage a new student to explore outside of their campus and get to know the area very well. In addition, I would encourage them to work hard and enjoy college life because it goes by so fast.

Academics

The classes at University of Wisconsin Madison are quite tough. However, this refers to the introductory classes. They try to help you out with the grace of a curve but they still make you work hard. The course load is tough for a new student. It is easy to get so caught up in schoolwork that you neglect your personal life. Professors are very approachable and great with email response or in person communication. Although, it is easier to get In contact with Teaching Assistants because professors are very busy with their side work like research and publications. The class size is very intimidating. However, that is mostly for big lectures and introductory courses. It could be hard for someone to ask questions in intimidation by what others in the class are thinking. On the other hand, there are small discussion sections which allow for the one to one interaction with a Teaching Assistant.

College Life

College life is very lively. There can never be a boring weekend unless you allow yourself to have one. There are always social events on campus to get into. The students are very social and it is easy to make friends because there are so many people on campus. In addition, there are tons of student organizations to join. Every semester, there is a student organization fair so you don't have to worry about finding them on your own. Campus safety is great. Although there are some instances of crime in neighboring communities, the campus police are always on top of it. There are also emails and texts that students can sign up for to get alerts about hazards on campus. Athletics are also great. I am very proud to be a badger. It is very common to see alumni on campus still enjoying the badger life. We are known for our overwhelming presence of red at the basketball and football games. With that being said, get your tickets early because they sell really fast. I am currently a sophomore and I still haven't been to a game. However, I do enjoy the after game parades down university avenue.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, the University of Wisconsin is a great school! It has so much to offer to its students. I love the school spirit, attending sporting events and I have met some of the best friends. If you are someone who is looking for a big state school that is strong academically and has amazing sports teams you can't go wrong with Wisconsin!

Academics

Wisconsin has so many interesting classes that are offered to students. Students who come in with an undecided major have the opportunity to explore different areas of study to figure out what they are interested in. The professors are very knowledgable about what they teach and are easily accessible if you need help. The workload really depends on the classes you take. Balancing your schedule will help you lessen your workload and get better grades. The popular, lower level classes tend to be in large lecture halls with a lot of students. Currently, I am taking Spanish 203 and English 100. Both of these classes have no more than 20 people. Once you start taking higher level classes for your major, the class sizes are much smaller, around thirty or so students.

College Life

Wisconsin has a large range of different types of students. There is a lot of opportunity to be social if you want to be. There are over 800 clubs/student organizations all students are able to join. Because the sporting events (especially football and basketball) are so much fun, tickets are in high demand so it is sometimes difficult to get tickets. Overall, the campus is fairly safe. You should never walk anywhere alone at night. The school has something called Safe Walk, where you can call the Safe Walk number and someone will come to where ever you are and walk you back to your dorm.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

The atmosphere at UW-Madison is like no other. A strong focus on academics combined with first class sporting events and world renowned lecturers was amazing. I saw Jesse Jackson give a speech at the Field House that I will never forget and sang varsity with thousands of other alumni at a Badger football game.

Academics

Some of the intro and general classes were huge. However, my professors were easily accessible via email and office hours. Once I was deeper into my area of study, class sizes reduced. The academic demands were strenuous, but employers understand that if you have done well at a school like UW-Madison, you are prepared to be a leader.

College Life

I was a member of the Public Relations Studend Society of America and enjoyed it. There were many clubs and activities to choose from. There was a safe ride/ safe walk program you could call if in need.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1986

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think that a lot has changed since I was in school. Back then the bigness was a problem and the attitude that they really didn't want you there. Recently they have done a better job selecting students and seem to want them to succeed. The campus is currently going through a building boom so the facilities are going to be some of the best in the country.

Academics

They are rigorous. It is not a school for someone who thinks that because the campus has a reputation as a party school that they don't have to work. A few years ago they released information that the average freshman was in the top 205 of their high school class so the competition for grades is high.

College Life

I can't really say what it is like now. We just built a new union that is really nice. There is sailing on the lake. Picinic point is a nice place to go. You always have to mention Memorial Union on the shores of Lake Mendota as a great place to hang out anytime but especially when it warms up.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1992

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think in the majority of departments the academic programs are well run. The professors are of high-caliber and the campus maintains a friendly and safe atmosphere with the potential for a great social life. The only thing is that it's so large and sometimes the class sizes reflect that, making one feel a bit like a face in the crowd. I also sometimes found it difficult to get into the classes that I really wanted and being forced to take unusual classes like Scandinavian literature. But I imagine that happens at a lot of other universities.

Academics

The Journalism program was filled with quality professors. Sometimes it was a little difficult to get into the class you wanted. The equipment we used was a bit run down during my year, but the last time I visited I had seen that they dramatically improved the equipment. My TA's were all very good, which helped enhance the experience. I think it's a great program.

College Life

It's a fun lively atmosphere. Definitely a part campus! As a minority though, I didn't find the student body very diverse, though I'm not sure what strides have been made in the past 20 years. There are plenty of clubs and organizations to join and be a part of, so there seems to always be something to do.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1992

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I am thrilled to be a graduate of UW - Madison. I transferred in mid-sophomore year, and really felt this school was the right place for me! It was - and still is - a beautiful campus. It's also a very diverse campus, so there was always plenty going on - academically and socially!

Academics

Classes were challenging, and I really enjoyed most of them. My professors were very accessible - they held regular office hours and were willing to help students who needed it. Many of my courses were lectures, but since I studied journalism, a lot of my degree-specific classes were in a smaller setting. This made it easy to connect with my classmates and develop friendships.

College Life

I was an active member of the forensics team all through college, and competed most weekends and then at the National Forensics Association tournament every year. I would definitely recommend students join a club or become part of a team when starting school, as that truly enhances the college experience. It's also a way to jump-start your social life; you meet and get to know people with similar interests.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1982

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

One of the most beautiful campus environments I have seen. The four seasons are stunning against a backdrop of lakes and a gentle hilly isthmus. The fall colors, the snowy serenity, one of the most breathtaking springs, gardens bursting forth everywhere, natural beauty along the lakes, arboretum and bike paths galore. I have never seen a city so bike friendly. Any day you will see bikers and hikers, walkers and strollers everywhere. I love this town and wish I still lived in Madison. People come from all over the world to go to school here. I lived in an international co-op and highly recommend co-op living. There are several on campus to choose from.

Academics

My education at UW-Madison has served me well in the last 30 years. I have gone on to do further education and was able to get into the Medical School of my dreams. I would love to go back to UW as a returning student. My daughter (9 years old) is already planning to go there!

College Life

There are outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, cross-county skiing and dance. All offered through university clubs. Just take a look at the mini-course schedule to see the variety. The children's museum is centered on local art and recycling as well. I love that place. The farmers market is the best and I have been all over the country. Something about winter brings out the best and people are full of life in Madison. You can ski at Blackhawk, enjoy the lakes, even when frozen (Kites, ice-fishing, skating, x-country skiing. I used to ski across the lake to school and leave my skis at the office where I did my work study. That is something else that I will never forget: my work study jobs not only made it possible to go to school and be 100% self-sufficient, but they were interesting jobs, relevant to my career, and offered me continuity of experience throughout my undergrad studies.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1978

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1987

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I wanted to go to a large and diverse university because, although I loved my high school career in SE Wisconsin, I didn't want to repeat it in college especially since this one would cost my parents and I a lot of money (realizing it cost tax dollars for my HS education of course). I wanted a totally different experience. Madison gave me that experience. I had to make it on my own. No one knew who I was, how smart I was, how good of an athlete I was, nothing. I had to make new friends and make a new way for myself, and it was awesome! I was on my own in a great place doing my own thing. I live back in SE Wisconsin now, but I still consider Madison my second home. I recommend a functional but inexpensive bicycle to get you around campus for about 9 months out of the year or seven months out of the school year. I still go biking in Madison and my niece and nephew also like to go there with me. From my dorm, it only took me about 5 minutes to get to any class, 10 minutes from my apt. Invest in a good lock, and otherwise keep it in your apt. when not living in the dorms (mine got damaged one weekend when I was away - I assume by drunk Greeks). I had no need for a car in Madison. You can walk or bike almost anywhere, even to get groceries. Buy good walking tennis shoes - your feet will thank you in the years to come even if you don't look so fashionable. Even today I would consider a car an unnecessary expense (repairs, insurance, parking issues, gas, etc) for a student in Madison. The taxi service is adequate and I could always take Badger Bus home to visit (assuming it services your hometown). I loved living in the dorms my first two years, but that did get old as I got older and needed a more quiet/less distractive place to study and also desired my personal space, so I moved to an apartment building (with a friend) on Carroll Street which was right on the lake. My bed overlooked Lake Mendota and every morning I awoke to crew (during crew season) and saw every sunset over Picnic Point for two years. I will never forget it! Do not sublease over the summer - not worth the headache. Take that expense into account when you sign the lease. It was always a nice place to escape to when I could during the summer! Make sure you see the actual apt. you are renting before you sign on the dotted line - not the apt. they have to show everyone.

Academics

I loved the diversity of programs and classes offered at Madison. The professors were top notch and even the TA's, when used, were knowledgeable enough to assist us in lab settings and study sessions. Class sizes really varied depending on if you were taking run of the mill classes everyone needed to graduate (400+) or classes to fulfill your degree requirements (as small as 10-20). I tested out of a lot of the main classes (english, math, some science, german, etc), so I was able to concentrate on classes that were smaller in size where the setting was more intimate and you could receive more personalized attention if you wanted it. I wanted to go to a big university for that specific experience, but you could still find smaller learning niches. Although sometimes you had to study a lot, I did not find the workload to be too overwhelming on average. I even worked part time most semesters and was still able to graduate in four years. I kept my nose to the grindstone and made good use of my time however which was/is difficult in Madison! I still participated in plenty of x-c activities such as intramural sports, planning house parties with other lakeshore dorms, football games, and of course partying on State Street and elsewhere, and I even made it home to visit occasionally! Make sure you talk to others about what classes to take or not take, but also make your own decision. Don't be scared to talk to your dept advisor or a counselor for advice. They are there to help! I wish I would have done more of that - and sooner. The Law Library is a fairly quiet library to get a good amount of studying done.

College Life

As mentioned above, I participated in numerous intramural sports (I decided playing Division I sports would take away from my studies which was the real reason for going to school and that I was not going to be a professional athlete when I graduated and needed to prepare for a career. Also, school is too expensive to waste money on sports if your studies might suffer and if you don't get a scholarship to play), planning house parties with other lakeshore dorms, football games, and of course partying on State Street and elsewhere. I also was a member of the Geography Club. If you want to, you can find many things to do - the opportunities are endless - actually more than I realized while going to school! Our nights out were actually Thursdays and Fridays, and then we (mainly) studied on the weekends (except for home football Saturdays of course). I never feared for my safety on or off campus in Madison, even the few times I did venture out or end up alone. We always tried to go out and come home with a group or at least two of us though. We weren't really conscience of it, it's just the way we did things. Make sure you really can live with your chosen roommate for an entire school year! I made a lot of friends with different people in the dorms - one was in the UW marching band, another was from Madison and her dad was actually a UW professor - she got married at the Memorial Union with Bucky in attendance, another one's dad worked for Billboard magazine and we shared our love of music at all of our dorm parties where I was the DJ, another was a farmers daughter and is now a farmers wife, another was interested in acting and although she is an MPS teacher she still acts professionally, another Madonna-like wild child became an actuary on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, another worked for IBM - she was my HS valedictorian, I sailed with another friend for the first time on both Lake Mendota and Lake Michigan - what an experience. Kollege Klub for great burgers, Ginos for pizza, Memorial Union for ice cream and cheap beer and popcorn (and atmosphere), most of the bars I stumbled into and out of are either gone or called something else now, but create your own memories there!! Go to the gym for some free exercise or bike the lakeshore path. Traying at Elizabeth Waters hill was a blast for us Lakeshore dwellers. Liz Waters also had the best cafeteria food. Visit the Geology Museum and some of the natural areas the campus has to offer. Shop State Street and the Farmers Market.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1979

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

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