Badger Jumpstart

Information Session

There will be a short information session about the campus and the Wisconsin Experience at the beginning of the program. The four areas of intellectual and personal growth in the Wisconsin Experience are:

  • Empathy and Humility
  • Relentless Curiosity
  • Intellectual Confidence
  • Purposeful Action

Campus Tour

The guided walking tour of campus will be approximately 75 minutes.

Please note that the campus tour portion of the event will take place predominantly outdoors. Including face coverings, we recommend that visitors dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. We recommend you and your guest bring your own filled water bottle. Limited touch-free water stations may be available.

COVID-19 Vaccines

When you’re in Madison, consider visiting University Health Services, 333 East Campus Mall, 6th floor to receive a COVID vaccine. Schedule your appointment or drop-in. There is no cost for the vaccine.

If you plan to get a second dose at UHS, register ahead of time to ensure we have that vaccine stock.

Already Vaccinated? 

Is your student already vaccinated? Upload their vaccine record in MyUHS.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How do I register for Badger Jumpstart? How do I make edits or cancel?

You will register for Badger Jumpstart on the Visit Bucky platform. You must register for Badger Jumpstart in advance to attend the program. Walk-ins will not be accepted. If you have any questions about registration or need help during the process, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at visitbucky@admissions.wisc.edu.

If you need to review event descriptions, make changes, or cancel your event, you can go to visitbucky.wisc.edu and choose “My Reservations” under the “Reservations” tab.

What is the guest policy?

You are able to bring one (1) guest, who must be registered in Visit Bucky. If your registered guest is unable to attend, you MUST modify your registration on Visit Bucky within 24 hours of your tour. You can either register a new guest within your registration or indicate you are not bringing a guest. We are unable to accommodate unregistered guests on-site. 

We are UNABLE to accommodate additional guests. If you bring additional guests, those guests cannot join you during the Badger Jumpstart program. Walk-ins are not accepted. There are no exceptions to this policy. 

If you are no longer bringing a guest, please modify your registration as soon as possible to reflect this.

Do I need to complete SOAR before I attend Badger Jumpstart?

You may attend a Badger Jumpstart session at any time available to you this summer. However, you should NOT sign up for a Badger Jumpstart program that’s during your SOAR session week.

Where can I park on campus?

Parking on campus may be limited, and we recommend allowing at least 30 minutes to find parking arrangements and arrive at the tour check-in location. We don’t recommend parking in two-hour parking or at meters during your visit. Full-day parking is about $15. There are numerous campus and public parking lots and ramps on or near campus. Here are the closest options: 

Get directions to campus and tips for parking on the Parking and Directions page on Visit Bucky. Please check Visitor Parking Availability to see in real time the number of spaces available in parking lots before arriving on campus.

Where do I go to check in for Badger Jumpstart?

Badger Jumpstart check-in and departure/return will occur at Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to the second floor of Union South. Badger Jumpstart staff will guide you to the check-in location at the Varsity Hall room. Please do not arrive late. Due to space limitations and health protocols, we cannot accommodate late arrivals or switching you into a different program the same day. 

Are accommodations due to disability available for the program?

We strive to ensure all students and their guests can fully participate in our Badger Jumpstart program. Staff members are happy to assist you and your guests with needs you may have. 

Please provide all relevant details about your disability accommodation request for you or your guest to your Badger Jumpstart registration. We need as much advance notice as possible to schedule the appropriate services for you or your guest.

Confidentiality: The Badger Jumpstart program takes the confidentiality of these requests very seriously. Disability accommodation information will only be shared with staff members on a need-to-know basis.

Will masks be required?

Current campus policy states:

  • Fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear face coverings in most indoor spaces on the UW-Madison campus.
  • Unvaccinated people should continue to wear face coverings indoors.
  • Masks are not required in outdoor settings; however, those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear them when physical distancing is not possible.

We encourage Badger Jumpstart participants to wear a mask when it is approriate or required but will not be monitoring vacination status of participants.

What happens during Badger Jumpstart if there is inclement weather?

We encourage all participants to plan accordingly based on the Madison weather forecast during their program day. If there are unsafe weather conditions, we will not be able to go out on the tour route and the program will be modified. Our staff will provide an indoor tour experience that covers the same route and information as the outdoor tour.

If you are unable to go on a tour during Badger Jumpstart and would like to explore campus independently at a different time, we encourage you to use UW-Madison’s self-guided campus tour options.

What on-campus eating options are available? Is the Terrace open this summer?

Several dining options will be available at both Union South and Memorial Union. Visitors may also choose to explore downtown Madison restaurant options.

Yes, the Union Terrace is open for summer 2021! Visit the Terrace at Memorial Union website for more information.

What are the health protocols and expectations regarding COVID-19?

Please visit https://info.wisc.edu/campus-visitor-expectations/ for the latest updates.