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| Its a good school for engineering, business, and criminal justice, but there is nothing to do here that you couldn't do somewhere else. There are way to many guys here and it is difficult to find people whose social lives don't revolve around getting drunk four nights a week. Thats the honest truth. If you want a good education in engineering, come here. If you want an intellectually stimulating atmoshpere, go somewhere else. |
|Jan 16 2009|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| I'll start with a few good things. Staff and faculty are generally quite available and friendly. The whole town is extremely safe. It's very uncompetitive. If you just want to get your degree for cheap with little muss or fuss, then Platteville will work out great for you.|
However, if you want to do anything interesting or challenge yourself, Platteville will make you miserable.
Let me emphasize that Platteville is a very, very small town. You probably cannot comprehend how tiny and boring it is if you are not from the Midwest. There is literally nothing to do but drink, and I mean LITERALLY. Hardly anyone participates in extracurriculars, so forget meeting people that way. Most people here are from small towns and as such are friendly on the surface but are terribly closed-minded and dull. Yes, the girl/guy ratio is a bit unbalanced, but don't get too excited, ladies, unless the thought of hooking up with chubby borderline-alcoholic rednecks titillates you.
As far as the ME department itself, well, again, it's great if you just want to get your degree and get out like most MEs do. Co-ops and internships are highly emphasized and there's an extensive support staff willing to help you get them. Academically, it's not competitive at all. In fact, pretty much everyone cheats together so even the biggest idiot can get through the program if he has a couple of friends around his age. And you will encounter a lot of idiots: ME students here either weren't smart enough to get into Madison or chose not to go there because of "those gosh darned hippies." While there's a very nice Women in Engineering program, if you are female, your male hick classmates and even some of your professors will hate you for being female because they assume you will get through life riding on quotas and affirmative action. While I have a couple of very nice and friendly professors, quite a lot of them are absolutely terrible, and they don't have the excuse of having a lot of research or graduate students to take care of either. Oh, and since there's no graduate program here, forget doing undergraduate research here. The curriculum itself is fine up until you get to later classes where you will be doing lots of stuff that was a lot more relevant 50 years ago than it is now. Basically, if you really can't live without a small-town atmosphere, then Platteville will make you very comfortable and happy. For anyone else, it's pretty much a prison.
|Aug 02 2008|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| I love going to Platteville. The students are friendly, the teachers know who you are, and the party life is very good. The girl to guy ratio is terrible, and there isn't much of a surrounding city. Unfortunately I am transferring to UW-Madison for my Jr. year, only because it has a much better business department and because of anything negative from UWP. |
|Nov 06 2007|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |