University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Welcome

Bucky Badger with open arms

There’s something for everyone during Wisconsin Welcome! Incoming first-year and transfer students will have a great time meeting new friends and finding their place in the campus community during the events offered during the first six weeks of the semester.

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Night at the Overture
Thursday, August 30, 9pm-1am
Overture Center for the Arts

Come join new friends at the Overture Center for a night of fun and performances, featuring comedy, magic, music, and more!

International Student Welcome
Friday, August 31, 10am-1pm
Pyle Center Rooftop

Meet student organizations, learn about opportunities for involvement, make new friends, and explore campus and community resources. A picnic lunch with Bucky Badger will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Pyle Center rooftop terrace overlooking Lake Mendota. All Global Badgers are warmly invited to attend!

Discover the Union: A Place to Be You

Sunburst Festival  Sat. Sept. 1 @ Union South, 7–10 pm

Sunset Slam:  Sun. Sept. 2 @ Memorial Union, 7–10 pm

From free food samples and Union T-shirts at Union South to sailing, games and dancing at Memorial Union & the Terrace—enjoy these two events that showcase Wisconsin Union and its student-led events & activities.

Sunday Funday
Sunday, September 2, 1-3pm
Near West Fields

Join Rec Sports in kicking off the semester with an afternoon full of fun! Try key log rolling, go through an obstacle course, earn a free t-shirt, and more.

UW Book Store New Student Night Sunday, September 2
5:30-7pm, University Book Store, 711 State Street

Badgers can enjoy pizza, prizes, and more at the UW Book Store’s New Student Night!

Chancellor’s Convocation
Tuesday, September 4, 10:30am-12pm
Kohl Center

Convocation is UW-Madison’s formal welcome for all new students. Come and experience the spirit and pride of UW-Madison with your entire incoming class. This event is required for all freshmen and transfer students. Doors open at 9:45am.

Ice Cream Social and Resource Fair
Wednesday, September 5, 4pm-6pm
On Wisconsin Room, Red Gym

Enjoy free ice cream? Want to learn about getting involved with LGBTQ+ supportive connections on campus? Come to the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center!

The W Project
Thursday, September 6, 6:00-7:00pm, Camp Randall Stadium, enter at Gate 3

Join WASB for this annual event where you will learn the traditional 5th quarter songs, and help us make a giant W on the field! There will be appearances by the UW Band, Spirit Squad and Bucky! Remember to get there early for a RedShirt™ and cookies from Insomnia Cookies! 

MCOR: Multicultural Orientation/Reception
Wednesday, September 5, 6:00pm
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union

Join the Multicultural Student Center for a fun welcome to campus including food, performances and a mini org fair!

Student Org Fair
Wednesday and Thursday,
September 12-13, 5-8pm, Kohl Center
400+ student organizations. Two nights. Unlimited opportunities to find your niche. Come explore student orgs!

Glow-in-the-Dark Volleyball Tournament
Thursday, September 13, 8pm – 11pm
Natatorium Gym 3
Celebrate the beginning of the semester and join Rec Sports to PLAY HARD. GET FIT. LIVE WELL. in the dark!

Academic Resource Fair
Wednesday, September 26, 3:30-6pm
College Library

Join  College Library to enjoy free food, games, and photo lab, all while finding academic resources that can help you study strong this year!