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OOS Students: What's the appeal to UW Madison?

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Replies to: OOS Students: What's the appeal to UW Madison?

  • AxeBackAxeBack Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    1. Fantastic balance of humanities vs. sciences. A lot of people go in as prospective STEM majors, but want to have a good fallback in case they decide to switch. The business school is great as well. This is also appealing to people who want to double major in radically different things (I know math/english majors, statistics/psychology majors, art history/economics majors) and the benefit is that you get two majors from a school that's highly ranked in both the departments. Also good for people who want to minor in something different but also want to ensure that the school has a decent program in it.

    2. UW-Madison's "public ivy" image. It's a great deal for in-state students, and not a horrendously overpriced ripoff for OOS students. Almost everyone gets what they pay for, which is why they stay. An ivy-league education at an affordable price.

    3. Social scene and sports. The school is knowing for its partying levels and its great sports teams; the Badgers are great all around. The remarkable thing is, all this happens while maintaining its high academic prestige. Some of your most memorable moments will not be cramming long nights in the library; they will be cafeteria-sledding down Bascom Hill during blizzards, massive campus-wide snowball fights, the Farmer's Market, Halloween in the fall, Mifflin in the spring and the terrace in the summer.

    4. Research opportunities. The school ranks extremely high in research expenditures and breakthroughs, and is one hell of a destination (especially for graduate students) who are frustrated with the lack of research opportunities at other universities.

    5. "College town" image. Madison is awesome - the campus is sandwiched between two lakes and is a very refreshing place to be. There's no "urban crowded city" image (like NYU) and there's no "college-in-the-middle-of-nowhere" image (a lot of good schools have this image). Also, Madison was ranked the most educated city in America recently. More degrees per capita than any other city!

    However, it's no ideal utopia either. It has its flaws as well, but the cons don't even come close to the benefits of going to school here. It's a great educational institution for a great price, given you have the right attitude and mindset about yourself and your life goals.
  • hopeful1993hopeful1993 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    ^ Amen to that! Very well stated!
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