University of Wisconsin–Madison

New Student Resources

Welcome Special students! Begin your journey here…

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The staff of Adult Career and Special Student Services personally welcomes you to UW-Madison! Whether you are new to college or a seasoned alumnus, we are here to support your journey. Review the helpful resources below to orient yourself to campus. Don’t see a resource? Do you have additional questions? Contact us

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  • Wiscard

    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.

  • Transportation & Parking

    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) easily 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.

  • Housing

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. Additionally, the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is available for purchase covering comprehensive medical, counseling, and prescription services.

  • Library

    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.  

  • 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 all Tech Store locations. They can also help with any questions you may have about Canvas, the learning management system used on campus.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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, career workshops and campus events.

Make the most of your experience at UW-Madison!