Campus Virtual Engagement


In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Campus and Visitor Relations has suspended in-person campus events, tours, and visits. Although campus has reopened for fall semester classes, the Campus Visit Program office is closed until further notice. Our office is making this change on advice from university leadership and health partners to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty/staff, guests/visitors, and community. For more information about fall 2020, please visit UW-Madison’s Smart Restart page.

 Ensuring that visitors can experience UW–Madison through alternative means is a top campus priority. The Office of Admissions and Recruitment offers an online tour of campus and other live and pre-recorded virtual events for prospective and admitted students, including an admission information session hosted by a counselor and a virtual campus tour hosted by student tour guides. Information and registration can be found on the Visit Bucky website.  


We also encourage you to connect with and to learn about UW-Madison through the UW–Madison’s YouTube Channel Playlists:  Summer, Spirit/traditions, Favorites, and informative campus and community publications available on our website.

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.

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“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 campus visit, complete with an Admissions Information Session followed by 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.