Hello, Badger!

Welcome to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This website is designed to help you learn useful information for new grad students about the university, the City of Madison, and life as a UW–Madison student.

Beyond the pages of Graduate Student Life, your program office is generally the best place to find information related to your academic career. To find out who to contact, search for your program on the Graduate School’s list of degree programs. The Graduate School, located in Bascom Hall, serves as the hub of information for grad students on campus. The Graduate School’s website offers information on academic policies and deadlines, funding and fellowships, and professional development.

COVID-19 Updates

UW–Madison is planning for a safe return to campus and will be open this fall. In blog post, UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank looks ahead to how the university will operate to ensure students receive a full educational program while maintaining the safety of the campus community. The coming academic year is likely to be a mix of educational offerings that has elements of virtual delivery of instruction, coupled with other changes to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Campus hopes to offer face-to-face class section meetings for students who can attend.

UW–Madison plans to make a final decision on how many in-person classes can run no later than the end of July, and will continue to provide updates throughout the summer.

A Message from the Dean

As we deal with the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on universities worldwide, we at UW–Madison remain committed to our current and future students, as well as the faculty and staff who will teach, mentor, and support you as you pursue graduate education. Although the university has not yet determined when our students, faculty, administrators, and staff will be allowed to return to campus, the safety of every member of the campus community is the top priority. UW–Madison will re-open its doors and continue to offer the exceptional education, research experience, and outreach for which we are known. You can learn more about how UW–Madison is responding by visiting covid19.wisc.edu.


William J. Karpus
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Wisconsin–Madison


About This Site

Graduate Student Life 2020-2021 was updated and published in May 2020 as a service for new graduate students at UW–Madison. Graduate Student Life has been compiled over time by many graduate students, including the former Graduate Student Collaborative, and is maintained by the UW–Madison Graduate School Office of Professional Development and Communications. All photos are by University Communications at UW–Madison.