7,400 new students gather on Campus Randall field to form the Wisconsin W during the 2023 "W Project."

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Wisconsin Welcome

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Wisconsin Welcome is a multi-week, new-student celebration of your arrival on campus. Discover Madison, meet fellow Badgers, and find your campus community.

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Download the 2023 "W Project" Photo

This year, we celebrated with over 7,900 new Badgers during The W Project on Camp Randall field! Download this year's commemorative photo.

7,400 new students gather on Campus Randall field to form the Wisconsin W. A border on the photo reads: "Welcome Badgers! Class of 2027." The UW–Madison crest and logo for the university's 175th anniversary sit in the bottom corners of the image.

Get Your FREE Go Big Read Book

Each year, our campus gathers to bridge learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom through the Go Big Read book. Pick up a free copy at College, Memorial, Steenbock, Ebbing, Law, or Merit Library.

Cover of the 2023 Go Big Read common read book, "How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion" by David McRaney

Check Out the Bucky List

In between Wisconsin Welcome events, don’t forget to explore your new home. The Bucky List gets you started with iconic Madison experiences like hiking Picnic Point, visiting the free Henry Vilas Zoo, and more!

A student takes a photo with Bucky Badger outside Library Mall.

Start with the Wisconsin Welcome App

Over 300 new-student events are available for you to explore! Just download the 2023 Wisconsin Welcome guide, available on Google Play and the App Store.

Student walking with text that reads "Download the Wisconsin Welcome app today!"