University of Wisconsin-Madison Visit Report by geezermom

Visit to University of Wisconsin-Madison in June 2007 by geezermom
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since November 25 2014 with ? posts)

 
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Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Met with undergraduate adviser in journalism department for a personal information session. Admissions info session was good.

Campus Tour: Yes - Thorough tour with informed student. Good overview of campus. Lots of walking and a long tour.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Tour guide was well informed and friendly without being too gushy.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
A brilliant sunny day on Lake Mendota--who could ask for more! Didn't see the inside of many classroom bldgs.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
"Good" is about the highest rating I'll give any college dorm, though my son says the "model" room was the largest he has seen (seemed tiny to me).



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Student security team will pick you up anywhere on campus if you need to be walked home at night.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Great combination of urban and green. Madison is a nice small city, while the lake front area of campus is like a lakeside resort.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Nice neighborhoods--bungalows, duplexes, etc.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Madison is one of those "50 best places to live" that Money magazine writes about. Nice town with lots going on.

Campus Visit Notes for University of Wisconsin-Madison


Visit Description:

The semester was over, so we didn't get a feel for the campus when it's filled with 28,000 undergrads, but I'm sure it bustles. We were pleased that the journalism department sets up meetings with interested juniors. This doesn't happen everywhere. It's nice to have your basic questions answered in person. The admissions officer who ran the info session, Carlos Reyes, was practical, down to earth, and frank ("don't send me a personal statement about how you saved your dog's life"). Our tour guide (Kimberly from a small town in Wisconsin) did a good job.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Best Western on University Ave. was fine for a night

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Had lunch in the student union, and it was pretty good

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Lots of construction on streets near campus, so it can be confusing. Definitely park in one of the city garages on or near campus.