Graduate Student Life
As a graduate student, you have a lot on your plate. You may be new to Madison, Wisconsin, or the U.S. for that matter. You have to acclimate to a new city, not to mention winter weather!
You also have to navigate a large campus of over 41,000 students that stretches over 900 acres.
Most importantly, you may be new to your program or graduate school. These pages are a good place to start to answer some of the questions you may have.
The Welcome page for new students lists some of the things you need to know as a new student to UW-Madison.
The Guide to Graduate Student Life helps with nonacademic issues and offers advice about the university and community from a student's perspective.
For graduate student with children, the Family Resources webpage provides a wealth of information about taking a leave of absence for childbirth or adoption, navigating Graduate School policies and procedures, and making the most of campus and community resources.
A helpful list of resources for returning adult students is compiled by the Division of Continuing Studies. Visit this webpage for information about student health insurance, disability resources, campus security, housing, transportation, and more.
UW-Madison offers a variety of mental health resources and support services for all students. University Health Services (UHS) provides consultations with students in distress, debriefing after a traumatic campus event, mental health and wellness programming, liaison programs, and crisis services. UHS is located at 333 East Campus Mall, 7th floor, and accepts walk-in appointments during regular business hours. Learn more at www.uhs.wisc.edu/services/counseling. Additionally, UHS's Let’s Talk program provides drop-in, informal, and confidential consultation for students, at various locations around campus. This is a great service for students who aren’t sure about counseling and are looking for information and resources. UHS also offers 24-hour crisis intervention services for enrolled students, at 608-265-5600, option 9, available 24-hours each day, weekends, and holidays. The SafeU website, www.safeu.wisc.edu provides a wide range of safety information for everyone on campus, including personal safety tips and resources. The website lists the Dean of Student’s Office (608-263-5700), UW Police Department (608-264-COPS), as well as various community resources.