Enrolled Students

Transfer Engagement Center

110 Middleton Building

Many events that we host throughout the semester will be held at the Transfer Engagement Center aka TEC (pronounced ‘tech’).
Come hang out, grab a snack and coffee/tea or just study!

The TEC is closed during summer. Regular hours resume Wednesday, September 4th.

Monday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm


Upcoming Transfer Events

The Transfer Transition Program (TTP) hosts a variety of events each semester for transfer students to build community. Looking for a variety of fun, engaging and social events? Head to our Facebook page and Instagram for the most up to date events hosted by a number of campus partners and others in the greater Madison area!

Download a printable flyer of our Wisconsin Welcome events.

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Just Transfer Things - August 22nd

Thursday, August 22nd
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Discovery Building

RSVP required.

Just Transfer Things is a half-day, conference-style event that is tailored to the first-semester, transfer-student experience. TTP has designed sessions such as “Involvement 101” presented by the Center for Leadership and Involvement, “Academics at UW and Student Success” presented by the Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS), a faculty panel over lunch, and information sessions about how to get involved in research or find an internship! At the end of the event, starting at 1:30pm, there will be a resource fair on the first floor of the Discovery Building.

TTP Bonfire - August 22nd

Thursday, August 22nd
6:00 – 9:00 PM 
Picnic Point, Firecicle 2   

Come indulge in some Wisconsin summer traditions at Picnic Point! We’ll have lawn games like ‘bags’ and ‘ladder golf.’ We’ll be making “pudgie pies,” brats, and smores over the fire, and watching the sunset over Lake Mendota.

Please email: transfer@studentlife.wisc.edu with any diatary restrictions or accessibility inquiries. There is free parking and the 80 does drop-off and pick-up from Picnic Point.

Returning Adult Welcome - August 24th

Saturday, August 24th
5:00 – 7:00 PM 
Pyle Center , AT&T Lounge

RSVP required.

This is a family- & kid-friendly event.

As returning adults or ‘non-traditional’ students, we know that attending UW-Madison feels vastly different, in so many ways, compared to the dominant-college narrative. We think that makes you pretty exceptional, so we want to celebrate this new chapter with you! This event is open to all returning adult or non-trad students on campus, 1st semester or 7th semester, come be in community.

Transfer Student Welcome & Alumni Panel - August 28th

Wednesday, August 28th
5:30 – 7:00 PM 
Middleton Building, TEC       

Want to learn more about how you can make a successful transition to UW-Madison? Come hear it from the experts – transfer alumni. Join the Transfer Transition Program and some recent transfer graduates for a panel discussion about navigating your transition and overall time at UW-Madison. Enjoy some appetizers, pick up some helpful tips, and network with alumni and other current students at this fun event.

ConnectFAST  - August 29th

Thursday, August 29th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Middleton Building

RSVP required.

The Transfer Transition Program wants to help you Connect For A Successful Transition. ConnectFAST is a photo scavenger hunt where you will complete challenges across campus with other new transfer students in similar majors as you and compete with other teams for prizes. This is a great way to learn about campus and meet new people! While we tally team scores, we’ll provide FREE lunch.

Academic Transition - August 30th

Friday, August 30th
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Middleton Building, TEC      

According to data collected at SOAR, transfer students indicate that succeeding academically is their primary concern. At Academic Transition, students will design a success plan focused on self-advocacy, navigating a large institution, time management, understanding transfer shock, and strategies for academic success. Select break-out sessions based on your individual interests in order to cultivate an experience that is most beneficial to you! We look forward to seeing you at Academic Transition!

UW Transfers from Madison College Potluck - September 5th

  Thursday, September 5th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Middleton Building, TEC    

RSVP required.

All Madison College transfers are welcome at this back-to-school potluck hosted at the Transfer Engagement Center. The Transfer Transition Program will provide sandwiches, and you can sign up to bring a side dish, dessert, or salad to share with your fellow MC alums as you connect and get to know each other better over a meal.

Transfer Fest - September 8th

Sunday, September 8th
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM      
Middleton Building 

Join us rain or shine for:

Music brought to you by WSUM.
Crafts with Revel.
Video games with  Game On Mobile.
Paint-a-pot plant-a-plant with Allen Centennial Gardens.
Yard game Olympics with Hoofers.
Cotton Candy with SugarSmith.
Caricature Art with Exaggerated Entertainment.

Free food all day from locally owned businesses! Such as:

All supplies & food are first come, first serve.

S'mores & More Bonfire - September14th

Saturday, September 14th
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Picnic Point, Firecircle 6        

Join Hoofers, the Multicultural Student Center, Our Wisconsin, & TTP out at Picnic Point! The goal for the night is to have a good time, but you’ll probably leave knowing a lot more about Hoofers and maybe even some cool new people too.

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A cete is defined as a group of badgers, and in this case, also stands for Creating Exceptional Transfer Experiences.

BadgerCETE is a high-commitment, high-impact, student-led program designed for first-year transfer students to explore holistic leadership approaches that value the whole person in their individual experiences, analyze how context in groups and systems impact their self and others, and to practice navigating the complex dynamics of inclusive leadership.

Students in BadgerCETE meet weekly with the same section which allows them to build community organically, critically analyze complex problems with diverse perspectives, and explore their own identities and transitions among a group of peers in a safe space.

Participating in BadgerCETE counts towards the Leadership Certificate.

 Learn  more.

Connect to Campus


Seeking advising while you’re here at UW-Madison will be key to your success.

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Learning Support

At UW-Madison, learning support services are encouraged for all students, whether they are feeling challenged by academic expectations or confident and looking to maintain it.

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Get Involved!

There are many ways to get involved at UW-Madison, and we consider extra- and co-curricular involvement to be key to your undergraduate education.

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Health & Wellness

Transition to a new institution can be stressful.  You’re learning a whole new system of policies and procedures, adjusting to new academic expectations and more advanced classes, navigating a new campus (and perhaps city, state, or country even), and trying to develop new friendships and connections with your fellow Badgers.  It’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed sometimes. Here are some tips to stay well and manage stress in your first year on campus:

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Stay active.

With UW mascot Bucky Badger leading them, members of the UW-Madison community participate in Bucky's Workout, a collaborative event hosted by UW Athletics, Rec Sport, Human Resources and UWell at Camp Randall Stadium on May 27, 2015. The hour-long event was open to all fitness levels and designed to celebrate the beginning of summer and being active. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Keeping active is one sure way to fend off ill-effects of stress, and UW-Madison offers lots of ways to do that. You don’t have to be an NCAA athlete to get the workout you need.  We’ve got multiple recreational facilities on campus where you can get the workout of your choice.  If you’re into more outdoor activities, be sure to check out Hoofers, the largest student organization at UW-Madison.  They offer opportunities to sail, ski, snowboard, mountaineer, ride horses, and SCUBA dive, and that’s just to start. If biking is more your style, you’ve come to the right place.  We’re in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, and we offer the resources to prove it.

Eat healthy.

Undergraduate student Hannah DePorter officially welcomes people to help themselves to refrigerator-stored produce during the grand opening of the UW Campus Food Shed at 333 East Campus Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 16, 2017. The unique project, started by DePorter with the help of a $5,000 Kemper K. Knapp Bequest grant, aims to redirect some of the surplus produce from several of UW-Madison's agricultural research endeavors, and freely provide the vegetables and produce to UW students, faculty and staff via one of four distribution locations on campus. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Keeping a balanced diet can feel expensive and out of reach when you’re weighing the rest of the costs of your education. However, there are lots of resources such asthe UW Food Shed (pictured), the Open Seat, and Badger FARE that can help you stay nourished and still make ends meet.  Check out UHS’ Student Food and Financial Resources website for a full list of how you can obtain food assistance.

Find your balance.

Yoga instructor Emma Seppala, left and wearing pink, and undergraduate Kimberly Helton lead other participants in stretching their bodies and refreshing their minds under the morning sun on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during spring on April 19, 2010. The class, called Sun Salutation on Bascom, is one of several featured events during the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB)-sponsored All-Campus Party held April 17-23, 2010. Seppala is an instructor with the student group, Yoga, Empowerment, and Service; and a postdoctoral student in the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 04/10 File#: NIKON D3 digital frame 9757

When you’re adjusting to classes at UW-Madison, it’s easy to feel like your grades are the only thing that matter and you have to lock yourself away in the library every day to maintain them.  After all, that’s what everyone else does, right?  Nope.  In fact, transfer students have found that creating a balance for themselves that includes time off from studying actually leads to more efficiency and better grades.  So find a job you love, join a student org, or spend some quality time at the SERF. It’ll help your transition. And your grades. Trust us!

Talk it out. You're not alone.

Student Annika Konrad (left) talks with assistant dean of Student Academic Affairs Svetlana Karpe (right) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 16, 2008. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Bryce Richter Date: 07/08 File#: D200 digital camera frame 8031

If you’re trying to get involved but still struggling to find your niche and you feel unhappy, please reach out and talk to someone about it. You can:

  • Make an appointment with a Transfer Transition Program advisor or a Transfer Ambassador. We’re always happy to chat about transition.
  • Look into University Health Services’ (UHS) counseling options. They have both group and individual counseling options available.  These options are available at no additional cost to students.
  • Use Let’s Talk, UHS’ drop-in consultation service. Great when one conversation might give you the perspective or resources you need.
  • Contact the Dean of Students office. They can assist with providing a variety of resources if you’re struggling, including short-term crisis loans.
  • Spill your guts to an anonymous peer with BadgerSPILL for a little feedback, empathy, or encouragement.
  • Students in recovery are encouraged to check out Live Free, a student organization which promotes well being and community-integration for students in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.
  • Contact some of the other student organizations devoted to mental health, like Ask.Listen.Save. or NAMI.
  • Of course, if you’re in crisis or worried you might hurt yourself, call UHS’ 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line at 608-265-5600 (option 9), or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website to chat with a counselor.

See a doctor.

Student Kemi Olarinde (left) receives a H1N1 influenza vaccination from University Health Services (UHS) nurse Marsha Steffen (right) during the H1N1 FlashVax clinic held Dec. 4, 2009 at the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Bryce Richter Date: 12/09 File#: NIKON D3 digital frame 4395

If you’re feeling physically ill, don’t wait.  UHS provides medical services, mostly free of charge, to all UW-Madison students at two clinic locations.  You can make an appointment by logging into MyUHS or calling 608-265-5600, option 1.