Campus Tours

The best way to find out if Wisconsin is right for you is to spend some time engaging with us by exploring our campus and meeting the people who study, work, and live here. Our tour guides are excited to resume in-person tours for prospective students in May 2021 and we would love to have you join us this summer! Fall 2021 visit offerings will be added by the end of August 2021. Please continue to check Visit Bucky for additional in-person offerings. Please do not make travel arrangements until after you have registered and received your confirmation. Walk-ins are not permitted. If you have questions about your Visit Bucky tour registration, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at or 608-262-3961. If you have questions about your campus visit, please contact Campus Information at 608-263-2400.

We continue to offer the opportunity to visit campus virtually as well, which can be a great supplement to an in-person visit, or an alternative if you are unable to join us this summer. We’re excited to offer live virtual Admission Information Sessions and Campus Tours, as well as other sessions, to learn more about life as a Badger. All available virtual sessions for prospective and admitted students can be found on the Visit Bucky website. 

Admitted and prospective students are also invited to submit a request for a 15-minute phone appointment or video chat with a UW-Madison tour guide. During the chat, the tour guide will share their unique Wisconsin Experience and answer your questions about campus life both inside and outside of the classroom.  

If you have more questions about the virtual events hosted by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, feel free to contact them directly at   

We also offer numerous informative campus and community publications available on our website.

We also encourage you to learn about UW–Madison through a variety of the UW–Madison’s YouTube Channel Playlists:  SummerSpirit/traditionsFavorites.

Have a question? Ask Bucky.

We offer campus tours to meet the needs of all visitors. Tours are specially designed for prospective students, educational groups and field trips, civic and community groups, and the casual drop-in guest. Scroll down to find a tour that’s perfect for you or your group.

Have a question? Ask Bucky.

“Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. As a school counselor who has been on a number of college visits, I can honestly say that the Wisconsin visit is one of the best tours I have taken.”  — Prospective student’s parent

Find a tour that's right for you

Prospective Student Visits

Prospective students and their guests are invited to experience a 75-minute campus tour. Or, take a virtual campus tour and explore the campus from your own home!

Two student tour guides showing prospective students and guests the Abraham Lincoln statue at the top of Bascom Hill.

Self-Guided Tour

Our self-guided tour introduces you to the living and learning environment at UW–Madison. This mobile friendly site offers you a customizable experience that fits your interests and timeframe.

Outside of Chamberlin Hall

K-12 Field Trips and Youth Visits

Campus and Visitor Relations is proud to showcase our university and expand your students’ education by offering tours and venue visits across campus.

Middle School students in white lab coats tour the biochemistry lab.

Adult Customized Visits

If you are bringing an adult group to UW–Madison (i.e. alumni group, civic group, conference participants, foreign delegation, etc.), we can help coordinate your visit from our list of customized tour and venue options.

Student Tour Guide showing prospective students and guests Lake Mendota, pictured in the background, while standing on the Memorial Union Terrace.

Campus Tours

Explore campus through a guided tour. These 75-minute tours of campus are led by experienced student tour guides and highlight campus life, academics and the history of the university. They are offered various weekdays and on weekends.

Student tour guides lead a group of visitors across campus.

Daily Drop-in Campus Tour

This free 45-minute walking tour provides an introduction to UW-Madison history, academics, research, and culture.

Student Tour guide showing prospective students and guests the Wisconsin State Historical Society while standing in Library Mall.