Choosing a College: University of Wisconsin

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

With nearly 30,000 undergraduates enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, you might imagine that adjusting to college life could be a little overwhelming. After all, a freshman could literally get lost navigating its 936 acres. But at UW, the first year experience is all about community. Thanks to the University’s 11 residential learning communities (including Women in Science & Engineering and the Multicultural Learning Community) and approximately 50 first-year academic interest groups (FIGs) offered each fall, it’s easy to find your own niche. It’s an added bonus that all FIG classes satisfy at least one UW general education requirement, and most FIG clusters limit their enrollment to 20 students. Research is another fantastic way for underclass students to get involved. UW sponsors an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program that specifically targets freshmen and sophomores, enabling curious students to work directly with faculty and staff in a hands-on and meaningful way. And even if you don’t plan on joining one of the University’s varsity 23 sports teams, you can still keep active through one of the school’s 40 club teams, 40 intramural teams, or 100 weekly group fitness classes.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Jeff Miller / University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.