University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Welcome

Bucky Badger with open arms

There’s something for everyone during Wisconsin Welcome! You’ll have a great time meeting new friends and finding your place in the campus community during the first six weeks of the semester (August 30-October 14.)

Full event schedule coming soon in the app at:

Night at the Overture
Thursday, August 30
Overture Center for the Arts

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

Transfer Involvement 101
Thursday, August 30
Union South

Kick-start your involvement at UW–Madison by attending this workshop that highlights the many ways you can get connected on campus. The event includes a student panel, an involvement resource fair, ways to track your involvement & leadership on campus, and sessions on how to pursue opportunities like study abroad, internships, and mentored research.

Sunburst Festival
Friday, September 1
Union South

Head to Union South and ‘Discover the Union’ at Sunburst Festival!

Sunset Slam
Saturday, September 2
Memorial Union, Terrace

Food, entertainment, & a beautiful Terrace sunset await you at the Sunset Slam.

UW Book Store New Student Night     Sunday, September 2
5:30-7:00 p.m., University Book Store

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


Chancellor’s Convocation
Tuesday, September 4, 10am-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 9:30am.

The W Project(WI Alumni Association)
Date TBD

Doors will open at 5:30 pm and students will enter through Gate 5. The first 1,000 students will receive this year’s Red Shirt.

MCOR: Multicultural Orientation/Reception
Wednesday, September 5, time TBA
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, September 12-13, 5-8pm
Kohl Center
400+ student organizations. Two nights. Unlimited opportunities to find your niche. Come explore student orgs!

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!