Frequently Asked Questions

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Applying to UW–Madison

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How do I apply to be an undergraduate student? What are the admissions requirements?

Application Information can be found on the Office of Admissions and Recruitment website. Specific web pages highlighting admissions requirements include those for Freshmen, Transfer Students, International Students, and Reentry Students. The online application is available at

How do I apply for graduate school?

Graduate School information is available on the The Graduate School Web page.

What are the costs of attending UW–Madison?

Tuition is based upon your status as a student, the number of credits you are taking and your state residency status. Although the actual cost of attendance varies from student to student, view our estimates of Costs, Scholarships, and Aid.

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How will my AP, IB, or CLEP credits transfer?

UW–Madison recognizes excellence in high school academic preparation and achievement with advanced placement, college credit, and course exemptions. View our Credit Policies on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.

How do I apply as a special/guest student?

The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) coordinates UW–Madison’s University Special and Guest Studies programs. University Special Students take University Courses for credit at the regular per-credit undergraduate rate; Guest students audit (sit in on) classes, with the instructor’s permission, at reduced rates.

How is residency determined for tuition purposes?

The Office of the Registrar sets policies on residency and tuition. For details, see Residence for Tuition Purposes.

Campus Information

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Where can I find general information about UW–Madison?

In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has long been recognized as one of America’s great universities. View a collection of Quick Facts about UW–Madison including information about the current enrollment, student profile, notable alumni, and campus landmarks.

How do I find contact information for a student/faculty/staff member?

Public access to student, faculty and staff addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses are available with the Campus Directory.

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How may I have information about UW–Madison sent to me in the mail?

Prospective undergraduate students can request an application and information packet from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. For more general information about UW–Madison, such as a Visitor Guide & Map or Campus Walking Tour, you can download materials from Campus and Visitor Relations.

What if I can’t find someone using the on-line directory?

The Campus Directory may not contain the person you are looking for because:

  • Some current students, faculty and staff choose not to release their information to the public.
  • The person you are trying to locate is new to campus (the directory is generally updated every few months).
  • The person has left campus.

If you cannot find the person in the on-line directory,

  1. Call the Campus Operator at 608-262-1234.
  2. If you still can’t find the person, Campus and Visitor Relations may be able to assist you with your search.

Parking & Transportation

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Where can I park my car?

Parking on or near campus is extremely limited and expensive, and for this reason, many students choose not to bring their car to campus. UW–Madison is pedestrian- and biker-friendly, and the bus service is excellent.

If you do choose to bring a car to campus, please note the following options:

  • Privately-owned parking spaces can cost an average of $45-75 per month. To rent a privately-owned parking space, check out student and local newspaper ads, Campus Area Housing parking listings, campus bulletin boards or posted signs in your desired area.
  • The city of Madison offers a Residential Parking Permit, which allows residents of a specific area to exceed the posted one or two hour parking limit on the street. However, this does not guarantee the resident a parking space!
  • On-campus parking may be available if you are a student who commutes outside the Madison Metro bus lines or has special needs.

Can I get to other cities by bus?

Transportation is available to other major cities by bus. Buses that can be taken directly from the UW–Madison campus include Badger Bus (Madison to Milwaukee), Better Bus (Madison to the Twin Cities), Van Galder Bus (Madison to Chicago) the Greyhound Bus (multiple routes), and the Mega Bus (multiple routes).

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What are other forms of transportation on campus?

Buses and bikes are popular alternatives to driving on campus.

  • Madison has an excellent bus service for most areas of the city. Included in the cost of tuition is an ASM (Associated Students of Madison) Bus Pass that allows students to ride all city buses for free. Additionally, faculty and staff members of UW–Madison are provided a bus pass through UW Transportation Services.
  • Biking is often much more efficient than driving. UW-Madison Transportation Services has comprehensive information on biking including bike registration, parking, routes, and more.
  • Zipcar is a member-based car-sharing service that provides high gas-mileage and hybrid-electric vehicles by the hour for individuals and organizations. Through a partnership with UW Transportation Services, UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students may become a member and access vehicles located in reserved parking spots on campus and throughout Madison.

What are the current construction conditions on campus?

Both the City of Madison and UW Transportation Services maintain lists of current construction projects impacting traffic. For more information about construction projects affecting travel to Madison and Dane Count, contact the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at 1-800-762-3947.

Visiting Madison

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How do I get to UW–Madison?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is located in the state capitol of Madison, Wisconsin. With a population of about 240,000 people, Madison is the second largest city in the state. Madison is centrally located within the state and is easily accessible from a number of different modes of transportation.

• Madison is just 80 miles from Milwaukee, 150 miles from Chicago and 270 miles from Minneapolis. The city is located just off the I-90 and I-94 highways, allowing for easy transportation between cities and states.
• The Dane County Regional Airport in Madison is just a 15 minute drive from the University. With flights to almost every major airport in the country, visitors can easily arrive from long distance.
• A number of buses to different cities run right out of campus. Visit our Parking and Transportation FAQ for more specific information.

What is there to do in Madison?

UW–Madison is a vibrant campus with a multitude of different events and areas to explore.

• For a list of current events happening on campus, visit the events calendar.
• A list of popular destinations on campus, including Memorial Union, Camp Randall Stadium and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery can be found Popular destinations on campus.
• The University of Wisconsin–Madison was founded in 1848, making it the first University in Wisconsin. The campus contains a number of iconic and historic landmarks that set it apart, including four National Historic Landmarks on campus.
• The Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin Union Theater, Wisconsin Union Directorate and University Theatre offer a variety of arts on campus, including music, theatre, dance and more.

The city of Madison is regularly ranked highly in conservation, transportation, recreation, dining and overall happiness. Madison was recently ranked one of the most livable cities in America by Forbes in 2015. Visit the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau for an extensive list of opportunities in the area.

Explore a visual guide to Madison, which offers cultural activities and natural areas to explore all year long.

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Where can I stay?

UW–Madison provides a number of lodging options on campus for guests attending University-related events. Check the individual websites for rates and availability.

Wisconsin Union Hotel
The Fluno Center
The Lowell Center

UW–Madison’s location in the heart of the city provides a number of non-university accommodations as well. Visit the Greater Madison Convention and Visitor Bureau for a searchable database of area hotels.