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Roadmap for Students

How to Prepare

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In-Person Courses

A face covering is required for in-person courses, for interior campus spaces and for outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible. Some late evening and/or Saturday morning classes may be necessary to help reduce density on campus.

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Campus & Community Living

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Health & Safety

Preserving the health of the campus community is a broadly shared responsibility. UW–Madison’s strategy will rely on a rigorous approach to testing, cleaning, face covering and symptom monitoring. Strong safety protocols will be in place for fall.

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  • Undergraduate students will have access to a mixture of in-person and remote classes.
  • Learning support programs will be widely available through remote options.
  • Lectures with 50 or more students will be delivered remotely; smaller discussions sections and classes may be offered in-person, remotely, or a combination.
  • Office hours with professors, instructors, as well as individual and group academic advising opportunities, will largely be held remotely.

The Wisconsin Experience

Two extraordinary classes will be offered this fall for first-year students, addressing social issues of the day: Forward: Pandemic, Resilience, and the Wisconsin Idea; and Purposeful Action: Parkland, Protest and You, offering both in-person and remote discussions. Learn more.

Recognizing that small-group experiences are crucial to new students, the university will offer a robust array of its popular First-Year Interest Groups (FIGS), both in person and virtually.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our students and families have posed more questions than we’ve had time to address in recent townhall meetings. Here are answers to the top 10 questions you’ve asked about health and safety, as well as advising, instruction, and tuition. If your question is not answered here, we encourage to email us at, and we will do our best to find the answers you need.

Health and Safety

Advising, instruction and tuition

Emergency funds are available for all students

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for financial assistance with food, housing, health insurance, academic or mental health support, and more — regardless of citizenship, status, or residency for tuition purposes. There are also many basic needs resources here in Madison and beyond. UW–Madison received federal CARES Act funds to support students.

Respect Statement

All members of the UW–Madison community deserve to feel welcome, valued and safe. We do not tolerate harassment and discrimination, and racist behaviors and stereotyping are inconsistent with the values of UW–Madison. The Office of Compliance and Dean of Students Office provide resources and reporting options for students, faculty and staff.