As you work toward your graduate degree, the Graduate School, together with partners across campus, will support you so that you can take full ownership of your graduate education and follow the career trajectory that you imagine. UW–Madison graduate students thrive in a vibrant community that embraces diversity and values a distinctive mix of lively city life and natural beauty.
The Graduate School cares about your overall well-being. Success in graduate school involves learning to effectively balance your physical, mental, and social needs with your academic life. There is a wealth of resources to assist graduate students in taking care of their health and wellness.
Inclusion and support
We encourage graduate students to take advantage of the many resources offered in order to cultivate a healthy lifestyle and community.
University Health Services
UHS offers a safe and confidential environment with a variety of support services available free of charge and open to all graduate students.
Graduate students with children
The UW–Madison Office of Child Care and Family Resources offers an array of services and information to support graduate students with families.
Recreation & Wellbeing
Rec Well has a variety of facilities, programs, and services for you to play hard, get fit, and live well on campus. Membership is included in your tuition.
You'll find myriad opportunities to engage in campus and community life. Doing so can improve your research and scholarship, through networking and cross-collaborative interactions.
Finances and basic needs
From information on student finances and attendance costs, to resources to support basic needs while you are a student, there is assistance available to graduate students on campus.
The Dean of Students Office can be your go-to spot for assistance as a graduate student and be a resource if you do not know where to start.
The Dean of Students Office assists students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues by connecting them to supportive campus and community resources. Staff including Elaine Goetz-Berman, the Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist, will help you navigate the myriad of unique issues and stressors that you face as a graduate student. The Dean of Students Office can also help you with a short-term crisis loan due to an unexpected life event or unforeseen circumstance, advise and assist you in communicating with your faculty when you are dealing with a crisis, and assist if you experience an incident or choose to report the incident.
To contact Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist Elaine Goetz-Berman directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating & domestic violence, and stalking
The Graduate School works with campus partners to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have a safe environment to thrive. Here are some resources for graduate students on sexual assault.
Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
Discrimination and discriminatory harassment are not tolerated at UW–Madison. The Office of Compliance offers details regarding the definition and reporting of these prohibited behaviors, visit the link below.
If you have observed or you suspect research misconduct, please report directly to the Research Integrity Office (RIO) at RIO@research.wisc.edu.
Hostile and intimidating behavior
If you have experienced hostile and intimidating behavior (HIB) in the work environment, there are resources to help. See the website below for definitions, resources, and training.
Dean of Students Office
Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office with additional questions or concerns. You can request to meet with the Graduate Student Assistant Specialist for support specific to the unique needs of graduate students.
Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures
Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) outline employment-related practices for graduate student teaching assistants, research assistants, and project assistants.
Program-Specific Policies and Procedures
The Graduate Guide is our university’s program catalog and a great resource for official academic matters. Learn more about your program’s academic grievance/appeals policy and procedures under the “Policies” tab on your program’s degree/major page.
Life in Madison
UW offers awesome opportunities for graduate students to escape from their unending duties: workshops, lectures on relevant topics, mini-courses . . . and let’s not forget the activities waiting to be lived in Madison, from salsa dancing to windsurfing on Lake Mendota, from fresh sushi on Library Mall (as fresh as it can get in the Midwest), to organic beef and frozen custard. If you dare, come and experience Madison!Eulàlia Puig Abril, Life Sciences Communication
New Graduate Students
The Graduate School offers support and resources to help you transition to life as a graduate student, including:
- New Graduate Student Welcome, the orientation day for all new graduate students;
- Welcome Week programming ranging from productivity tips, to networking opportunities, to national speakers;
- checklists of important tasks to complete before and when you arrive on campus; and
- onboarding messages and publications to help you get settled in to your new role as a UW–Madison graduate student.
Graduate Student Life
This helpful site covers campus area housing, transportation around the city, what to do on your occasional night out, resources for graduate students with children, tips for staying healthy while you’re on campus, and much more.
Tips for Grads
Each issue of the graduate student newsletter, GradConnections Weekly, includes a column written by graduate students, for graduate students, covering topics such as graduate student life, professional development, and academic success. Catch up on previous “Tips for Grads” columns in the archive.
Graduate students who want to share their advice with fellow students can be a Tips for Grads guest writer.