Student Resources

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Advising services

ACSSS is the advising office for University Special and Guest students.

If you are an undergraduate student, the Office of Undergraduate Advising can help you find advising services.

Most graduate students will have a faculty advisor. For more graduate school information and resources, see the Graduate School.


Building Bridges orientation

As a new or returning adult student at UW–Madison, the Building Bridges Orientation sponsored by Adult Career and Special Student Services will help you become more familiar with the resources and opportunities available to you, learn about tips for success on campus, and network with other adult students.

Campus life

UW–Madison is known for its stellar academics and dedicated faculty, staff, and students. Go one step further and enrich your Wisconsin Idea experience outside of the classroom by getting involved. Make the most of your career at UW–Madison by taking advantage of the multitudes of opportunities brought to you by Campus Life.

Campus safety resources

Call 911 for an emergency

UWPD provides several resources for Staying Safe

24/7 Crisis Support through University Health Services

Learn about how to Report an Incident via the Dean of Students Office

Child Care

For information about child care tuition assistance for student parents, classes and family events, and resources to find high-quality child care, the Office of Child Care and Family Resources is the place to go.

Dean's offices

ACSSS is the dean’s office for University Special and Guest students.

For all degree-seeking students, undergraduate, graduate, and professional, each school and college has a dean’s office.

The Dean of Students Office is a primary resource for connecting any student who is navigating personal, academic, or health issues, to supportive campus and community resources. The Dean of Students Office also serves as a central location for reporting issues of hate and bias, sexual assault, and hazing.

Financial assistance

Find resources available to help you determine how to finance your education on our Financing Your Education webpage.

Health Services

As a UW–Madison Special Student, you have access to University Health Services at little to no cost to you. Services include primary care, mental health counseling, personal wellness, and prevention services.

24/7 Crisis support is also available.


UW–Madison offers a variety of housing options on and off campus. Space permitting, apply for on-campus housing in a university residence hall or utilize the free Campus Area Housing Listing Service to search for your desired accommodations or even for a roommate. If you are visiting the University for a shorter stay, check out Campus and Visitor Relations for nearby lodging options.

Information Technology Services

IT @ UW–Madison offers over 100 IT services to faculty, staff, and students. Take advantage of their offerings including but not limited to software loan or purchase, anti-virus software, printing services, free online file storage, online training, computer labs, and technology rentals.

The DoIT Help Desk  offers free tech support and troubleshooting with your computing needs by phone, email, chat, or in-person at 1210 W. Dayton Street. They can also help with any questions you may have about Canvas, the learning management system used on campus.


There are more than 40 libraries across campus, some even specializing in various subjects. Utilize the expert library staff to assist with print collections, online resources, and computing/printing services. Reserve a study room, check out technology equipment, or attend upcoming events and workshops.

McBurney Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Disability Resource Center supports students’ success. They deliver innovative services and accommodations in addition to facilitating and advocating for students with disabilities so they have equal access to campus programs, activities, and services. Complete the online contact form to start the process today!

Success Services from Office of Student Financial Aid

The Success Services offered through the Office of Student Financial Aid can provide support to you while you are a student at UW–Madison. Services include: success coaching sessions, basic needs support, help finding a mentor, and their Be Engaged workshop series.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation Help Center

The UW–Madison campus is spread over 936 acres! Navigate to your destination quickly and easily with these resources and services. Locate your building(s) with the campus’ interactive campus map. Take advantage of free campus bus service, ride your bike, or find a nearby parking lot. The Transportation Office can assist with all your transportation questions and needs.

University Bookstore

Get off to a great start as a UW–Madison Badger by purchasing your books and your Badger gear at the University Bookstore. Purchase your books online or at the store along with clothing, office supplies, Madison Metro bus passes, and so much more. With over 100 years of service, the Bookstore is proud to welcome you to campus.


Wiscard is your official UW–Madison identification card. It will give you access to libraries, recreation facilities, and other campus services as well as allow you to make purchases at over 60 locations across campus. The Wiscard account is also a fast, convenient, and money-saving way to make purchases. After you enroll in your first courses at UW–Madison, head over to Union South to take your photo.

Connect with us on Facebook!

Like our Special & Guest Student  and Returning Adult Students Facebook pages to keep in touch with fellow students, important dates, and campus events.

Make the most of your experience at UW–Madison!

We welcome you to UW–Madison! Whether you are new to college or a seasoned alumnus, we are here to support your journey. Review these helpful resources to orient yourself to campus. Don’t see a resource or have additional questions?
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