Congratulations and welcome!
As Dean of the Graduate School, I am pleased to be among the first to welcome you to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. You have chosen to continue your education at one of the world’s preeminent research institutions. Our faculty and staff stand ready to help you unleash your creativity and inquisitiveness.
I urge you to take full advantage of the graduate school experience. Create an Individual Development Plan to discuss expectations and goals with your mentor(s). Seek communities of support and engage with others from diverse backgrounds, across all the disciplines. Find ways to connect with other students by looking for student organizations on campus or in your department, or by reaching out to more senior graduate students for mentorship and advice. Watch for more email communications from the Graduate School, which will let you know about more events where you can meet other students at the beginning of the semester.
I look forward to you joining our campus community this spring. On, Wisconsin!
William J. Karpus
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Save the date for New Graduate Student Welcome!
The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to participate in New Graduate Student Welcome, happening on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from campus leaders, get advice from a panel of current students about graduate student life, learn about the many campus and community resources available to you, and connect with other new graduate students from across campus. You'll receive an official invitation via email in July.
UW–Madison's response to COVID-19
Since the pandemic began, the university has continuously adapted its guidance and policies in response to COVID-19 and communicated with our community. We continue to monitor COVID-19 in our community and work closely with state and local public health officials. Visit the COVID-19 Response webpage for up-to-date information, including campus COVID-19 policies. Any changes will be shared with students as soon as they happen, so continue to keep an eye out on the website, your wisc.edu email (once it becomes available to you in mid-June), and on campus social media.
Check it out: New student checklist
The new graduate student checklist has all of the things you should do before the start of the semester, like submitting your final transcript and start using (or forward) your WiscMail. International graduate students and graduate students with funding have additional to-do's.
An essential resource for new grad students
Written by current and former grad students for new graduate students, Graduate Student Life helps you get acquainted with campus, covering housing in Madison, getting around, campus life, academic resources, fun things to do around town, and much more.
Help with your housing search
Many graduate students live in University Apartments, the collective name for three different neighborhoods: Eagle Heights, University Houses, and the Harvey Street Apartments. University Apartments boasts a vibrant community of campus-affiliated people from around the world.
If you're looking for housing off campus, the Campus Area Housing guide includes apartments, houses, sublets and roommate openings, privately owned residence halls, and more. If you're looking for off-campus housing, start here. Campus Area Housing staff can also help you determine if a listing you find online is legitimate.
Plan to upload your immunization history to MyUHS
Help campus and upload your health history and immunization records to MyUHS. We encourage you to fill out this section to the best of your ability. The information you provide is confidential. Incoming graduate students will gain access to MyUHS in June.
The beauty and energy of our campus is second to none, and summer is an especially good time to bask in the sunshine and natural environments around UW–Madison. Catch a glimpse into some of our favorite campus places with these relaxing Summer Sweet Spots videos.
English as a Second Language
International students, want to brush up on your English skills? The UW–Madison English as a Second Language (ESL) office provides non-degree courses for international students hoping to improve their academic English, written and presentation skills, and adjust to U.S. culture.
Enrolling in a fully online program?
If you plan to enroll in a distance learning program where you will complete all of your coursework online, update your email preferences to receive information relevant to you – including effective online learning, building a network, and more – plus, skip all the information about moving to Madison that you don't need.
UW–Madison statement on diversity and inclusion
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Read more about campus climate.
Graduate School Diversity Statement
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all its forms is central to a robust educational, professional, and research environment. The Graduate School aims to increase the enrollment of students from historically underserved and underrepresented populations while helping them be successful academically and personally. The Graduate School is committed to supporting our schools and colleges in creating an inclusive environment for all students to thrive.
Graduate students on our campus are valued individuals who are teachers, leaders, workers, volunteers, advocates, family members, and researchers in our community. We endeavor to support them in all aspects of their identities.
Learn more about the Graduate School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding.
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