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
The Guide to Graduate Student Life
The first thing on your mind as a new student might be: where am I going to live? This section provides details on different housing options, Madison’s neighborhoods, and tips when renting an apartment. Then, learn about the different ways to get around in Madison, including eco-friendly biking and low-cost bus options for students.
There’s a lot to explore on and around campus, whether it’s getting involved in local government or finding your favorite hobby. See what other graduate students have recommended for go-to activities in the city. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out some of the places outside Madison that show Wisconsin’s natural beauty.
What is a graduate assistantship and how do you find one for yourself? How do you make the most of library resources for studying and research? Explore this section for tips and explainers on the nuts and bolts – tuition, fees, enrollment, and finances – plus, a list of the best study spots outside the libraries.
The UW–Madison experience is built on excellence in research and scholarship, but it goes further than that. It’s about a community here on campus. Learn about student organizations for grad students, taking care of yourself with University Health Services, and getting involved in other community activities at UW.
It’s no secret: Graduate school has its challenges. It’s important to learn how to balance your life as a graduate student with your own well-being and with other responsibilities such as a partner or family. These tips will help you think about managing stress, balancing responsibilities, and finding support when you need it.
Almost a third of graduate students at UW–Madison are from outside the U.S., and campus has a number of services geared to help international students navigate immigration regulations, work requirements, and the transition to a new cultural environment. This section includes tips for adjusting and living in Madison as an international student.
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.