<p>Wisconsin seems like a good fit for D2 who seems to want a bigger school with big time sports, school spirit, and unlimited things to do. She's also very concerned about high quality academics and having other students who are interested in academics to study with and learn from. I don't think it will be a safety for her - more of a match, but she would apply early and hopefully know early if she can get in. </p>
<p>We are full pay OOS from the Boston area. D2 is a rising junior who doesn't know what she wants to major in but likes science especially biology and chemistry and perhaps wants to be premed. She does mostly A level work in math, science and foreign language classes, and B+ level work in history and English. She will have taken AP Physics B (5), AP Bio, both AP Econs and at least AP Calculus AB (BC keeps getting cut due to budget cuts) by the time she graduates.</p>
<p>D2 may want to consider 3-2 engineering programs and Wisconsin seems like a school where you can easily double major in 5 years in majors with high overlap, such as molecular biology and chemical engineering (really biomolecular), and the school doesn't seem to mind because lots of people double major, though I could be wrong about this.</p>
<p>My main concerns about UW for D2 are
1) Not being able to get into the classes she needs and having her life delayed unnecessarily
2) Premed weed out - If she can't get AP Chem in HS due to budget cuts, will she have a snowball's chance in hell of surviving the weed out classes should she want to do that.
3) How much someone OOS who refrains from alcohol in order to maintain herself in tip-top athletic condition would enjoy attending what's known as a great party school.
4) Coastie vs Sconer - She would hate this even being an issue. She really likes all kinds of people. I suspect that this is overblown, but who knows.
5) ChemE requiring mandatory lab over a summer term - can't find another school that does this.
6) Questionable advising - lots of CC stories about advisors being most unhelpful
7) Difficulty/Uncertainty of being able to get involved with research - I can't tell if this is an issue - are there many people who want to get involved and are unsuccessful?
8) Difficulty of navigating such a huge place
9) General attitude toward undergraduates of many faculty and graduate students at a major research university which is also a public school where teaching is not a priority.
10) Availability of getting help in a course if you need it.
11) Wisconsin winter - do people still plug their cars in at night? LOL!</p>
<p>The upside seems terrific though
1) Among the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen (saw it summer though)
2) High quality academics with world class faculty, if you can get at them.
3) Terrific breadth of courses, majors and potential opportunities
4) School Spirit and all that goes with that - Can school spirit be expressed without heavy drinking?
5) State Street and overall urban feel
6) Vibrant campus</p>