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UW Madison vs. Iowa: Choosing the Right School for Me

Hey everyone, I'm currently considering both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa for my college education. What are some pros and cons of each option? I'm interested in engineering, if that helps. Thanks in advance!

6 months ago

First off, congratulations on being accepted to both UW Madison and University of Iowa! Here's an overview of each school, specifically with respect to the engineering programs, to help you decide which one is the better fit for you.

University of Wisconsin-Madison:


- Ranked higher for engineering overall.

- Offers a more extensive range of engineering disciplines.

- Strong research culture and opportunities for undergraduate involvement.

- More renowned faculty members in engineering.


- Higher cost of living and possibly higher tuition for out-of-state students.

- Larger class sizes and higher student-to-faculty ratio in some cases.

- Generally more competitive and rigorous academic environment, which can be a pro or con based on your preferences.

University of Iowa:


- Smaller class sizes, fostering a more intimate learning environment.

- More personal attention from professors and faculty, helpful for recommendation letters and research opportunities.

- Less competitive and stressful atmosphere compared to UW Madison, while still maintaining a solid engineering program.

- Lower cost of living compared to Madison.


- Less prestigious when it comes to engineering, but still a good program.

- More limited range of engineering disciplines compared to UW Madison.

- Smaller research budget and fewer research opportunities compared to UW Madison.

In the end, it comes down to your individual preferences. If prestige, research opportunities, and a wide range of engineering disciplines are important to you, UW Madison might be the better choice. However, if you prefer smaller class sizes, lower costs, and a more personal connection with your professors, the University of Iowa might suit you better.

Additionally, whenever possible, visiting each campus before making a decision can be very impactful, as touring can help you get a feel for the campus culture and environment. Good luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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