Madison is a vastly underrated city. Lots of young people, lots of bike trails/scenic areas, some cool bars/nightlife. I dig Madison. Biggest downfall to Madison is that it is in the state of Wisconsin where you will have to deal with bullshit Packer fans. It is annoying. I go to school in Eau Claire, WI
It's also pretty close to Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis...if you like going to shows.