Current Students

Current graduate students share their experiences at the New Graduate Student Welcome - Photo: John Maniaci

Welcome back to another year at UW–Madison!

Each fall the Graduate School offers a line-up of events during the week before classes begin to welcome and help acclimate new graduate students to campus and to welcome back current graduate students. Click here for the Welcome Week schedule.

No matter where you are in your academic career, these tips and resources can help you find what you need to stay on the path to success.

Navigating AcademicsAs a graduate student, you have a unique set of expectations, relationships, and requirements.  Visit this page to learn how to maintain a positive relationship with your advisor, take advantage of learning support services and intellectual communities, stay in the clear with policies and procedures, and (finally!) complete your degree.

Professional Development: These are essential resources for every graduate student, featuring professional planning guides, skills development tools, a multitude of workshops, and career support resources to help you achieve your professional goals.  Visit these pages again and again throughout your time at UW–Madison!

Planning for Academic Success:  From maintaining a good relationship with your advisor to creating a plan and sticking to it, this page offers steps for staying on track towards your academic success.

Work-Life BalancePerhaps one of the most important challenges you will face as a graduate student is maintaining a healthy balance in your life.  Use these guides to establish good habits.

Getting InvolvedMaking connections is essential to success in graduate school.  You will benefit in many ways – networking with peers from across campus, having your voice heard on important topics in graduate education, giving back to the community, and much more.

Completing Your DegreeYou’ve nearly done it!  But first, be sure to read this section carefully so that you meet all remaining requirements for your degree. 

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