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| The engineering school at UW-Madison is really weak. Because it's so large, it's very difficult to get into the classes you need. Before you enter the program you are "pre engineering" for the first year, but sometimes it drags for the second or even third year if you aren't able to get into the classes you need to be admitted to the program. So it's really difficult to move ahead. A lot of people I know here are staying 5-6 years because they have not been able to finish their degrees on time. I also have found that while some of the profs here are nice, a lot of them are really hard to get to know and aren't very willing to provide students with advice or mentoring. In addition, the advising is kind of poor---a few advisers I had kind of screwed me over with classes because they didn't completely understand what my career objectives were. The engineering school has now implemented EPD 100 which is an intro to engr course that's supposed to help students get acquainted to the program and get on the right track. I took this course and although it was kind of helpful, it wasn't really a true representation of what the engineering school has to offer. I was pretty excited while taking 100 because I thought there'd be all these great opportunities, but once I was admitted to the school I realized this wasn't necessarily true. So, if you want a good engineering school and are thinking of Madison, do your homework. If you come here, plan on not graduating for 6 years and also plan on not being able to take the courses you want every semester. Also be prepared to have tons of homework and be in class with some very competitive students. Many of them are foreign and don't speak the language --- which is a real downside if you have to do research projects on stuff. There are also very few women in the engineering school, and the few women that are here are very "studious" --- not really dating material, if you're into that. |
|Jan 03 2005|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2007 |
| Madison can be as challenging or as easy as you make it . . . but when you want to challenge yourself, the opportunities are there. I actually chose to go to Madison because of a Medical Degree program I am in, but even if I hadn't gotten into that, Madison would have been an excellent choice for me (good engineering program). The TA's are generally wonderful, the professors like to answer questions, and there is an amazing course selection. |
|Jan 02 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| Everyone here fits a similar profile: they are all the obnoxious assholes who you hated in high school. And guess what? They haven't grown up at all. This is an environment built for people who want college to be the "best time of their lives." Do you really want the height of your existence to be cramming for exams and drinking 'til you puke on weekends?|
FACT: 95% of conversations in Madison begin with "I was soooo drunk last weekend..."
Everyone here is attempting to live out some juvenile manifestation of the "college experience." The few students that seem interesting are just annoying extroverts in a hipster uniform purchased from Urban Outfitters/American Apparel on State St. Don't be fooled by their cool flannel, at heart they are the same.
If you are in introvert with a quiet enthusiasm for the arts, steer clear of this university. There are some nice resources and my professors have been pretty nice. But, it is not worth the awful environment and terrible student body. I guess this review is pretty bitter and unnecessary, but I really needed to vent... I just wasted two years of my life and thousands of dollars attending what was supposed to be a "great school."If you are interested in the arts, seriously consider applying somewhere else, anywhere else. UW-Madison is a creative dead-end
|Feb 07 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |