University of Wisconsin–Madison

Frequently Asked Questions

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Applying to UW–Madison

Campus Information

Commencement

  • How do I let the UW know I am planning on graduating?

    Each student must declare when they intend to graduate (May, August, or December).

    • Undergraduate and professional students need to declare their intent to graduate through the My UW–Madison portal and should be able to do so after registration opens for the term in which they plan to graduate.
    • Masters or Ph.D. degree candidates who plan on attending the upcoming commencement must report this to the Secretary of the Faculty at (608) 262-3956.
    • August graduates who plan to attend the May commencement ceremony should notify the Secretary of the Faculty at (608) 262-3956 such that the graduate’s name can be printed in the commencement program.

Parking & Transportation

  • Will I have a problem parking 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).

Visiting Madison

  • 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 five 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.