Online Chat for Newly Admitted Graduate Students

While starting graduate school at a new university is extremely fun and exciting, we understand that it may be a little confusing as well.  On July 7, 2014, experts from across campus gathered to answer your questions in real-time.  Replay the chat in the box to the right, or scan the FAQ below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I activate my NetID?
Follow the step-by-step directions provided by the Division of Information Technology.  Your NetID and password are keys to your access to MyUW , so don’t forget them.  If you need assistance contact the DoIT Help Desk.

How do I access my campus email?
After activating your NetID, log in to  Be sure to regularly check (or forward) your WiscMail.  The Registrar, Bursar, and the Graduate School use WiscMail to correspond with you.

How do I enroll in classes?
This PDF gives directions: Course Selection and Enrollment Made Easy.  Still have questions?  See the Registrar’s Demos & Tutorials.

How do I pay my tuition bill?
The Bursar’s Office does not accept debit or credit cards, nor offers a payment plan.  Your options are: epayment, mail-in check, dropbox/in-person/cash, or foreign currency.  Find payment instructions here.

When is tuition due?
After you register, you will receive an ebill, with a specific due date.  Fall tuition will be due in mid- to late-August.

Which classes should I enroll for?
This varies by program.  Grad students are advised by faculty members in their programs; the Graduate School is not a central advising office.  Contact your graduate program or faculty advisor with this question.


Chat panelists:

Linda Abegglen, University Housing
Joselyn Diaz-Valdez
, Office of Student Financial Aid
Alissa Ewer, Office of Professional Development and Engagement, Graduate School
Quinn Fullenkamp, Graduate Program Coordinator in Population Health Sciences
Kim Grocholski, Graduate Program Coordinator in Economics
Michelle Holland, Office of Admissions and Academic Services, Graduate School
Maya Holtzman, Office of Engagement for Inclusion and Diversity, Graduate School
Sharon Kahn, Graduate Program Coordinator in Geography and Cartography and Geographic Informations Systems
Lars Skog, Office of the Registrar