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.

Stay up to date on the campus COVID-19 response

The health and safety of the campus community continue to be top priorities as UW–Madison plans for the spring semester. Classes begin on January 25 with a hybrid model of instruction that includes a mix of in-person and virtual courses.

The campus COVID-19 Response website remains a great source for the latest updates, information, and planning as the spring semester approaches. Another place to look for information is the Graduate School’s COVID-19 FAQs, which will also be updated as more information specific to the spring semester becomes available.  International students can also find helpful answers to the most common immigration, enrollment, and travel questions on the International Student Services COVID-19 FAQs.

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.