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.  There’s no one right way to get involved – you have to find your own path.  Explore what interests you; consider what skills you might want to develop for your career post-graduation; find opportunities that allow you to apply what you’re learning in class to the real world.  Use the drop-down boxes to the right to help you chart your path.


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Meet other transfer students

  • Check out Transfer Transition Program Events
  • Get to know our Transfer Ambassadors
  • Join BadgerCETE – a group of new transfer students who meet weekly throughout the semester to develop leadership and transfer advocacy skills while learning about UW-Madison. Applications for the Fall 2018 cohort will be available in August.

Be a leader on campus

  • Associated Students of Madison is the student government on campus. Run for a seat on Student Council, join an open committee or board, or serve in shared governance.
  • BadgerCETE is a group of new transfers who meet weekly throughout the fall semester to develop leadership and transfer advocacy skills while learning about UW-Madison. Applications for the Fall 2018 cohort will be available in August.
  • Student Leadership Program (SLP) is a student organization that is devoted to allowing students to further develop leadership skills on campus.
  • The Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) is the student programming and leadership board for the Wisconsin Union. By getting involved with WUD, you can take part in planning and implementing lots of the amazing art, lecture series, music, and entertainment available to students on campus.
  • Did you know that while you’re pursuing all these “extra-curricular” leadership opportunities, you can also earn a certificate in Leadership?

Join a student organization

Do undergraduate research

  • Apply for Undergraduate Resource Scholars (URS), a program that introduces first- and second-year students to undergraduate research on campus and helps them find research mentors. Transfer students in their first year at UW-Madison are eligible to apply.
  • Check out the McNair Scholars Program. Intended for students who plan to go on to grad school, McNair helps low-income, first-generation, and/or students from underrepresented groups find a research project and mentor, conduct their own research, and prepare for graduate school.
  • Check out our list of research centers. No matter what your field of interest, one of our centers is likely involved in it.  Reach out to the folks who staff these centers to ask about opportunities. The BioCommons offers a great tutorial on how to identify and contact potential mentors, which is useful even if your area of interest is not the biological sciences.
  • Talk to your departmental advisor. Advisors can provide a wealth of information about opportunities within departments.  This can be an especially helpful path for students in the humanities and social sciences
  • Visit the BioCommons at Steenbock Library and talk with an undergraduate research peer mentor. These experienced students can answer your questions and help you explore opportunities for research.
  • If you already have a research mentor lined up, consider taking the Entering Research seminar series, taught by WISCIENCE faculty, to help you make the most of your research experience.

Study abroad

Find an internship

  • Each school and college typically has their own career advising office that also offers information on internships. Be sure to check out the one that applies to you, or search via your individual department:

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

College of Engineering

College of Letters & Science

School of Business

School of Education

School of Human Ecology

School of Nursing

School of Pharmacy



  • Badger Volunteers is the UW’s semester-long student volunteer program, with lots of different placement options. Join at the beginning of the semester to make sure you get a spot!
  • Check out a service learning course to incorporate your volunteering with the work you do in class!
  • The Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) maintains a list of volunteer organizations and resources within the Madison community.

Play sports

  • Do you have a particular team sport you like to play casually? Chances are, there’s an intramural team for it!
  • Sport clubs tend to have a more formal practice schedule and roster. Check out this list of over 40 clubs at UW-Madison.
  • If lessons and fitness classes are more your speed, RecSports has you covered.
  • We’ve also got no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities through Hoofers.

Explore identity and culture

  • The Multicultural Student Center is an inclusive, student-centered space which hosts a variety of identity-based student orgs, offers community-building events, and provides social justice-oriented workshops to the general campus community.
  • The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center offers trainings, resources, discussion groups, leadership workshops, and a mentoring program to help LGBTQ-identified students and allies safely explore their and others identities and develop leadership skills.
  • The Wisconsin Involvement Network offers a directory of every student org on campus, including all identity- and culture- based groups.
  • The Bridge program is an international friendship program which helps international students connect with U.S. students to ease their transition to life at UW-Madison and promote intercultural exchange

Participate in Greek life

  • All information about joining Wisconsin’s Greek Community through membership in one of its 55 organizations can be found on the Greek Life