UW–Madison alumni Joel Baraka wears his cap & gown and speaks on stage at New Student Convocation 2023. Text on the image reads "Are you the next student speaker?"

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

Wisconsin Welcome

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For Students

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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For Campus Organizations

Want to connect with new incoming students? Submit your event for Wisconsin Welcome 2024 for a chance to be featured on this year’s Wisconsin Welcome app. Submissions due by August 15, 2024.

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Resources & Updates

Be This Year's Student Speaker

Share your Badger wisdom with new students! Submitted speeches should be 2-3 minutes long and focus on the and focus on the Wisconsin Experience pillar of "Purposeful Action."

UW–Madison alumni Joel Baraka wears his cap & gown and speaks on stage at New Student Convocation 2023. Text on the image reads "Are you the next student speaker?"

Download the 2023 "W Project" Photo

In fall 2023, 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 2045-25 Go Big Read common read book, "Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body" by Rebekah Taussig

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.