Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison!
Whether you’re just starting to plan your transfer, are in the midst of the admissions process, or have started your journey as a UW-Madison undergraduate student, the Transfer Transition Program is here for you. Our transfer students are a very important part of our campus, and they make up a significant portion of our undergraduate student body. You bring a host of diverse experiences, come from a wide range of institutions, and carry with you a unique set of strengths and a lot of transferable skills. Our goal is to get to know you better, to help you get connected at UW-Madison, and to make sure you get the information and assistance you need to make your transition as easy as possible.
Connect with us!
Phone: (608) 890-4690
The Transfer Engagement Center Space is closed due to Covid-19 and Social Distancing. Meetup with us online instead!
Location: 110 Middleton Building, 1305 Linden Drive
Fall Semester Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am-8pm & Friday: 8am-2pm
COVID-19 Self-care & Wellbeing
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Q: What if I am a student experiencing financial hardship or having difficulty meeting basic needs due to COVID-19?
A: We understand that some students will experience financial hardship associated with the impact of COVID-19 as it relates to family, travel, and academics. The following resources are available:
1. The Office of Student Financial Aid:
The Office of Financial Aid has a team of people ready to help connect you to the financial and other resources you may need. Students will receive responses in 24 hours and can request assistance in four ways:
- Emergency Request Form: https://financialaid.wisc.edu/emergency-assistance-form/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (608) 262-3060 between 10am-2pm CST Monday-Friday
- Self Service Request through MYUW (financial aid applicants have this option in addition to the above 3)When you submit your request through the student center or email indicate “Covid-19” in the subject. Funds are available for all students, regardless of FAFSA eligibility.
- Dean of Students Crisis Grant or Loan: The Dean of Students Office offers short-term loans and grants. Students must complete theonline applicationand make an appointment with the Dean of Students Office.
- International Student Services Loan:ISS offers up to $5,000 long-term loans. Students must make an appointment with ISS (in-person or via phone) to discuss this option. Funds may also be available to international students through the Office of Student Financial Aid. =
- Deferred Tuition Payment:Students may be eligible for a deferred tuition payment date and late-fee waiver. Students should contact the Bursar’s Office for extending their tuition payment date at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Emergency Funds:
Your schools, colleges, departments, and programs may have other emergency funds that could support students. The current list of available units with emergency funding (subject to availability)
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- College of Engineering
- Department of History
- School of Veterinary Medicine
- University Health Services
- UW Credit Union Emergency Loans:
UW Credit Union is offering $2,500 emergency loans to members. No repayment or interest for the first 90 days, then a fixed rate of 1.90% APR for the first three years.Click here for more information.
- Student Relief Fund
The Student Relief Fund is a nationally organized mutual aid fund for college students facing homelessness or hunger due to campus suspensions/closures.Click here for more information.
- Energy/Utility AssistanceHelp with heating/electric costs and energy crisis. Call (608) 267-8601 or click here.
The Open Seat – UW Student Food Pantry
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 12:00-1:00 PM students can come to Union South near the hotel entrance off of Dayton Street to pick up prepackaged food boxes. These boxes are intended to assist those who need to supplement their food budget.
Boxes are packed and distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank. They come in a 10 lb size for an individual or a 25lb size for a household of four. The first round of boxes will be available on March 24 at 12:00 PM. To submit a form to get a box of food, click here.
For more information, click here.
Goodman Community Center: Drive Thru Food Pantry
The Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center will distribute pre-packaged bags (mostly non-perishable items) outside in a drive-thru or walk-up fashion in the Ironworks driveway circle (149 Waubesa St.) during regular pantry hours: Click here for the website.
- Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Thursday 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
To see a list of all food pantries in Dane County, as well as the hours they are operating, click here!
City of Madison Food Resources
- Mayor’s full statement about food
- City’s Food Resources Page
- United Way Dane County : Call-In Resource Line, text line (text zip code to 898-211), searchable online database
- MMSD and Community Center Meals Site Map
Food Transportation Resources
Transit Solutions (608) 294-8747 can provide accessible rides to grocery stores, food pantries, and medical appointments, as well as grocery deliveries for those who can place orders remotely.
Free Online Services/Subscriptions
The educational publishing company Scholastic announced it has a digital learning hub for free that’s intended to “support virtual learning plans.” It says the curriculum covers English language arts, STEM, social studies and social-emotional learning.
Ranger Rick is offering free digital subscriptions through the end of June. Sign up online at RangerRick.org.
Health & Wellness services
Sanvello is currently offering free premium access to their app. Practice meditation and learn other clinical techniques for dealing with stress, anxiety or depression.
Simple Habit is offering free premium access to their meditation and mindfulness app for those impacted by the current economic downturn.
Peloton: You don’t have to buy one of their bikes to get 90 days free access to their app.
Planet Fitness: The gym might be closed, but the company is offering free online workouts on their Facebook page.
Gold Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat.
Sports Streaming Services
BASEBALL: In addition to being able to watch all of last season’s games on MLB.tv, you can also watch plenty of great classic games on MLB’s YouTube channel. Additionally, PBS has added Ken Burn’s “Baseball” to their list of online viewing options.
FOOTBALL: NFL Game Pass is offering free access until the end of May. Watch original programing and games from 2009 – 2019.
BASKETBALL: NBA League Pass is offering a free preview until April 22nd. Watch full and condensed games and additional programing.
HOCKEY: The NHL is providing access to games played this season before the shutdown as well as additional classic games and content from prior seasons.
SOCCER: Enjoy World Cup action from FIFA TV on YouTube featuring full games and original content.
The WWE has unlocked a large amount of content online including all prior Wrestlemanias, past live shows and loads of original content.
CBS is making ‘Star Trek: Picard’ available to those with a free trial by using the code GIFT.
Amazon Prime has unlocked a number of TV shows and movies geared towards young children and families. Amazon membership not required.
Kanopy: This free service is available for access. All you need is your library card.
SLING is currently offering a free experience providing access to some family-friendly movies and shows as well as live news from ABC News.
Showtime is currently offering a free 30 day trial to new subscribers.
Acorn TV is offering 30 days free for access to many popular British shows. Use pass code FREE30.
For fans of the horror genre, Shudder is offering 30 days free with the code SHUTIN.
You can also get 30 days of Sundance Now by using the code SUNDANCENOW30.
STARS ONLINE: A number of celebrities have begun to reach out to fans on their social media platforms as well. You can watch Patrick Stewart recite Shakespeare on his Facebook page while Andrew Lloyd Weber is taking requests from fans on songs from his musicals.
Online Mental Health Toolkits
SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions 24 hours a day. SilverCloud does not require a referral from a mental health or medical provider.
SilverCloud is not designed to replace in-person mental health treatment for many complex concerns but may be an effective option for students with mild to moderate symptoms to:
- Help manage day-to-day stresses and anxiety
- Improve resilience
- Learn skills to understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Hear stories of other college students
For more information or questions about SilverCloud, click here.
Virus Anxiety Toolkit
Resources for anxiety and mental health in a global climate of uncertainty. To view toolkit, click here!
Online UW-Madison Tutoring
During this period when instruction is remote due to COVID-19, many UW-Madison Learning Support Services are still available in a remote format. They are here to support you and help you continue to achieve academic and career success. Below find a list of Learning Support Services and how you can remotely connect.
Click here for a list of Remote Tutoring Services.
Remote Learning Support for Student-Parents
The Wisconsin Center for Educational Research has a resource we encourage you to check out related to homeschooling.
Please know that you are not alone. You might also consider speaking with your academic advisor about options available to you, as well as the Dean of Students Office for additional support. Additionally, should you be looking for child care resources campus provided some information here.
Recreation And Wellbeing
All Rec Well facilities are closed and all programs, services, and events are canceled indefinitely.
Click here for updates!
Home Work-Ins through Planet Fitness
Exercise can reduce stress, help you stay healthy, and keep you feeling great. So, Planet Fitness offering FREE in-home workouts, live-streamed daily, for all Planet Fitness members and non-members alike. Workouts will be led by trainers and surprise celebrity guests. No equipment needed! Classes are 20 minutes or less!
Where: From home, through Facebook Live!
When: Live streamed daily starting Tuesday, March 17
Time: 6:00 pm (CT)
More Info: Click here!
Free Yoga and memberships with the Down Dog App!
The Down Dog app is an app that lets you do yoga basically anywhere and guarantees a new workout every time! Now through July 1, Down Dog is offering free access for teachers and students. (K-12, and college).
For more info and to fill out the form, click here!
University Health Services
For students remaining on campus, in either residence halls, University Apartments, fraternity and sorority housing or off-campus housing, UHS remains open, with limited clinical operations. They are currently expanding telehealth appointments.
Students can schedule medical or counseling appointments by calling 608-265-5600. 24/7 nurse advice and crisis lines are also available.
Click here for more info!
Mental health counseling via phone call or video meeting is available at the following appointment-only services. These services are not free, but they do take several insurances and offer limited spots at a sliding scale fee:
Golden Vibes Counseling Center
Gifts of Emotion – Trauma Specialized Counseling
Scheduling link here.
Different from a crisis line, a warmline is a phone number people can call to get support and learn about available mental health resources relevant to them or their loved ones.
To learn about some warmline resources near you, click here
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline:
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
For more information, click here.
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