The University of Wisconsin - Madison
The University of Wisconsin - Madison - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||25|
|Avg years at University||1.9|
|Research Quality||B- (6.3)|
|Research Availability||C+ (5.7)|
|Research Funding||C+ (5.4)|
|Graduate Politics||C+ (5.3)|
|Not Errand Runners||B- (6.4)|
|Degree Completion||B- (6.0)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B- (5.8)|
|Sufficient Pay||C+ (5.5)|
|Education Quality||B- (6.2)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B- (5.9)|
|Useful Research||C+ (5.4)|
|"Individual" treatment||C+ (5.1)|
|Campus Beauty||B+ (7.7)|
|Campus Maintenance||B+ (7.5)|
|University Spending||B- (6.1)|
|Scholastic Success||B- (6.0)|
|Surrounding City||B+ (8.1)|
|Social Life/ Environment||B+ (7.3)|
The funding is very inadequate. You may be contacted and told that you can be 'accepted' if you're able to provide your own funding. Otherwise, you get rejected.
Then, if you decide to go or somehow are able to get some funding, you'll find it difficult to be involved in research.
Some faculty are not able to teach at all; they would know the material very well, but are just unable to effectively communicate it. They are also not patient with students' questions and don't provide enough solutions to homework problems or study sessions to help students understand everything. I've always been an A student throughout my undergraduate schooling. And even though I kept getting mostly As and ABs I struggled much more in this department!
Back to research: if you're here for the PhD program, then you'll likely hate it by the time you leave. There's very little mentoring happening. You'll have to keep bugging your research advisor for meeting time and send reminders before every single meeting otherwise they don't show up.
You'll also get very little to no guidance about how to get started on your thesis topic and how to choose a manageable thesis subject that would allow you to finish in time without feeling like you're split between 3-5 slightly different topics that don't get you anywhere.
You'll have to figure out how to publish papers on your own and review your own work pretty much on your own as well.
Even if you are ok working individually, you'll still want feedback about how you're progressing and if your results are worth publishing or presenting in defense exam. Unfortunately, you will get very little to no help/feedback with any of this in this department! Furthermore, if you complain or fail to do the job well enough (on your own) they're very quick to scold you and even threaten to dismiss you. They will NOT work with you to figure out how to help you move forward and be a successful student and professional.
A lot of the student are working with the same instructions and if you are not working with them you will be in danger.
A lot of the courses will not give you your scores during the semester and you will not know anything until the class finished.
A lot of the professors are not replaying to emails.
If you are not from the same area they will feel bad if you answer any questions or you were active in the discussions mainly when their student are week.
First of all it is a great liberal town , scenic and one of the more interesting University towns in the US. There is abundance of opportunities on campus which anyone can take advantage of, but many are not aware or are not forthcoming enough. I have had great oppurtunities of leaderships on this campus.This is a huge university, so many students complain of getting lost,but I have always enjoyed the largeness and I believe in any classroom I have been including one's with 100 students, teachers have been willing to help. Actually I find that undergraduates are often afraid to speak up.
I have faced hurdles in getting involved with student activities/student bodies on campus, so even though the diversity is paraded, it is not often practised.
Both American and International students do no go out of their comfort zones namely the "cliques" to establish camaraderie in the class rooms.
Graduate advisors often assume a totalitarian attitude when it comes to the students, graduate students are very much powerless when it comes to any kind of research/course/thesis problems.Overall the importance is given to research rather than teaching. The great goal of teaching is to nurture the yound students in to responsible and curious citizens, but sadly many of the professors are lacking in real teaching as the predominant section of teachers here are researchers and not teachers.
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