University of Wisconsin–Madison

Important Reminders

Students to receive free safety kits

Students arriving on campus for the fall semester will be receiving a special welcome gift. The free safety kits include two UW–branded face coverings, hand sanitizer, and health and safety information about COVID-19, all in a reusable Bucky bag. Students living in campus residence halls will receive their kits at move-in. All others can pick up a kit at University Book Store, 711 State Street, beginning Aug. 19. A face covering will be required for entry, and students will be asked to show an ID.

Distribution will occur during the bookstore’s regular business hours:

Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday–Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

Badger welcome groups

Badger Welcome Groups are one way the Center for the First-Year Experience is helping provide community and connection to new students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups are open to all incoming undergraduates students and strongly encouraged for students not living on-campus or participating in a high impact practice like FIGS or first-year seminars. There is no cost to participate in Wisconsin Welcome activities or groups. Learn more about what groups offer and how students can sign-up.

New student reminder: Request the Wiscard!

If you have an incoming student, remind them to check their mail and respond to the invitation to request their Wiscard. Requests must be received at least two business days before their move-in day to ensure cards are ready. If your student has questions or didn’t receive an email, contact the Wiscard Office.

Opening dates for recreation facilities

The Shell and the Nielsen Tennis Stadium both reopened to the campus community with limited capacity and new guidelines on Aug. 17. The Nicholas Recreation Center will open for the first time on Sept. 14, also with limited capacity and new guidelines. The goal is to operate while still ensuring the use of safe physical distancing practices. Read more from Recreation & Wellbeing.

Virtual career fairs

In order to create an engaging, safe, and accessible experience for students and employers, the Fall 2020 Career & Internship Fair has been temporarily restructured into virtual fairs. Learn more and encourage your students to attend.

Amnesty through responsible actions

Amnesty Through Responsible Actions is part of UW–Madison’s comprehensive environmental approach to address high-risk behaviors. Because the health and safety of the members of the UW–Madison community is of primary concern, we want to remove the perceived barriers that prevent students from seeking immediate medical attention.

Key dates for Badger families

In order to remain flexible and provide accurate information, we will post a downloadable Badger Family Calendar to in September. We will update the online pdf if dates change throughout the year.

Stay up-to-date on key dates at the following links:

Academic Calendar
Tuition Due Dates
Academic Dates and Deadlines

UW–Madison performs well in worldwide ranking of universities

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is once again ranked highly in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, coming in at 32nd in the world and 23rd in the United States. UW–Madison also performed well in the Center for World University rankings released in June, placing 26th worldwide and 20th nationally.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Get free ground shipping on fall semester textbooks from the University Book Store through August 31. Visit their website to learn more and compare textbook prices from different websites all in one place.

Renters insurance

UW–Madison recommends that all students secure renters insurance, whether they live on campus or in privately owned housing. American Family Insurance is the official insurance partner of UW–Madison. Gain protection and peace of mind. Call 844-342-1232 or visit to get your quote today.