University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Upcoming Transfer Events

The Transfer Transition Program and the Transfer Ambassadors host a variety of events each semester to provide space for you to network, relax, study, learn, and converse among other transfer students.  Look at the list below for featured welcome events, and at the calendar to the right for ongoing events, and click on each event to find location and registration details.  Events are always being added, so be sure to check back throughout the semester.

Upcoming events are listed below, click to learn more or RSVP.

Transfer Transition Program
Wisconsin Welcome Events

  • Returning Adult Welcome: Prepare for Success

    More information & RSVP coming soon!

    Date & Time:
    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Transfer Engagement Center
    120 Middleton Building
    1305 Linden Drive

    Previous Returning Adult and Non-Trad students in our programs frequently tell us they wish they would have known about resources on campus sooner. Navigating a decentralized campus is a challenge for every student, and in particular, there can be unique challenges for folks who are also balancing family life, work responsibilities, VA benefits & compliance, and/or are returning to academia after having so many valuable life experiences. You will leave this workshop with a personalized success plan that you can reference throughout your time at UW including contact information of offices and staff on campus to utilize in time of challenge, spaces and opportunities to build community, explore different online tools that UW offers, and get your questions answered before the semester begins! We’ll end the day with community time and allow those in attendance to start building relationship with one another. We hope you use this space to not only create a success plan, but also, a network of support.

    The closest parking options are Lots 20 or 27, both are “pull-ticket” lots and charge by the hour. Find more information here.

    The schedule for the day is as follows:
    12:45 pm: Doors open
    1:00 pm: Welcome
    1:20 pm: Create Success Plan
    2:30 pm: Community building time (snacks served)
    3:00 pm: Closing

    Please RSVP by noon on Friday, August 24th.

  • Academic Transition 101

    According to data collected at SOAR, transfer students indicate that succeeding academically is their primary concern. At Academic Transition 101, 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 101!

    Location: Room 120, Middleton Building

    Choose between two different dates & times:

    • Tuesday, August 28th from 1-3pm
    • Monday, September 10th from 6-8pm

    Please RSVP!

  • Transfer Involvement 101

    Kick-start your involvement at UW–Madison by attending this workshop that highlights the many ways you can get connected and meet people. The event includes an overview of The Wisconsin Involvement Network and ways to track your involvement & leadership on campus, a panel of former transfer students, an involvement resource fair, and breakout sessions on how to pursue specific co-curricular opportunities, such as internships and mentored research.

    Time & Location:
    Thursday, August 30th
    1:00 – 4:30pm
    Memorial Union, check Today in the Union (TITU) for rooms
    800 Langdon St.
    RSVP here

  • ConnectFAST Scavenger Hunt

    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 food.

    Each team will earn extra points for each person in game day attire!

    Also, we’ll be heading over the Union South for the Badger Bash Tailgate Party after the scavenger hunt for those interested!


    Date & Time:
    Friday, August 31st 2:00 pm

    Outside Transfer Engagement Center
    1305 Linden Drive

    2:00 pm: Registration Opens
    2:15 pm: Arrange Teams & Review Rules
    2:30 pm: Scavenge
    4:30 pm: Food arrives back at Transfer Engagement Center
    4:45 pm: Scavenger hunt ends: Score Sheets must be turned in
    5:15 pm: Winners Announced & Prizes distributed
    5:30 pm: Walk to Union South for Badger Bash Tailgate Party

    Please bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for light to moderate exercise.

    Please email if you have any questions.

    RSVP here.

  • Transfer Bonfire at Picnic Point

    Come watch the sunset with other new students and Transfer Ambassadors at Picnic Point! We’ll provide food, beverage, and fun bonfire snacks. We’ll also have yard games and music.

    Time & Location:
    Sunday, September 2, 2018
    Picnic Point, Fire Circle #2

    Please RSVP at by 11:59pm on Friday, August 31st.

    Food options:
    Desert: s’mores (garham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow)
    Meal: hot dogs & Veggie Dogs with buns & gluten free buns
    Condimnets: ketchup, mustard, relish
    Sides: chips, carrots, celery, dip
    Beverages: water & lemonade

    If you have additional dietary restrictions, please contact us at

    Vehicle: Parking lot 129 is free after 4:30 pm and closes at 10:00 pm.

    Bus: The 80 (free campus bus) drops off and picks up at Picnic Point. Map, drop off/pick up times.

  • Labor Day Bash

    Join other new students, Transfer Ambassadors, and university staff for a fun and engaging afternoon! Free lunch. Yard games. Crafts. And more!

    Time & Location:
    Monday, September 3, 2018
    11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Transfer Engagement Center & outside
    Room 110, Middleton Building

    All supplies are first come, first serve.

    The buffet lunch offers both meat and vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary restrictions, please contact us at
    Children are welcome at this event!
  • Study Group Sign Up & Planner Decorating

    Get ready for the first day of class with the transfer transition team and new transfers!

    Time & Location:
    Wednesday, September 4, 2018
    Transfer Engagement Center
    Room 110, Middleton Building


    Students who attend will be able to sign up for study groups either based on specific courses or course content related subjects. With your permission to share emails, we will be sending out lists later that week with ways you can connect with one another.
    Students will also be able to decorate their planners. Bring one you already purchased or the one you received at SOAR! We’ll have extra UW student planners if you don’t have one yet.
    Planner decorating not your thing? Come to hang out. You might meet some people in your classes!
  • Transfer Welcome Dinner

    Join other new students, Transfer Ambassadors, and university staff for a fun and engaging evening! All new transfer students are encouraged to attend this official welcome to the university. FREE dinner and prizes will be provided to new students.

    This two-hour event will include a catered dinner, a Q&A panel with the Transfer Ambassadors, and more opportunities to meet other new students! Please dress casually and comfortably.

    Time & Location:
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    Union South, Varsity Hall

    Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 4.

    The buffet dinner offers both meat and vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary restrictions, please contact us at


    Children are welcome at this event!

Transfer Transition
Weekly Programs

  • BadgerCETE

    Learn more here!

    *must apply

  • Returning Adult & Non Trad Lunches
    Come when you can, leave when you must!
    This is a weekly, intentional space for returning adult undergraduate students to eat lunch together and be in community. The space is very casual with opportunity to discuss navigating UW, life, wins, challenges, and anything in between.
    Please bring your own lunch. There is a microwave available in the space.
    RAU Lunches will begin Wednesday, September 12th and will continue every Wednesday until December 5th.
    *(No meeting Wednesday, November 21st for Thanksgiving Break).
  • Coming Soon! Tea Time at the TEC

    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm


    Come when you can, leave when you must

  • Coming Soon! Talk about IT Tuesdays with Our Wisconsin

    More information coming soon!

  • Coming Soon! Madison College Meet Up

    More information coming soon!


    Fridays 10am-11am

To find more events visit:


Join Badger CETE!


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 to introduce transfer students to a tight-knit group that meets on a weekly basis to explore their own identities as transfer students, develop soft skills like teamwork and communication, and learn to use campus resources to help further craft their Wisconsin Experience and lead others to do the same.

First and second semester transfer students are welcome to apply. Learn  more here!

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.

students work collaboratively in an active learning classroom

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:

  • 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.