Happy new beginnings, Badgers! As you’ve settled into your first few weeks on campus, we hope you’re enjoying the winter wonderland our campus has become and that you’re adjusting to your new lives at UW-Madison. We’re so happy to have you on campus. Transfer students are an important part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and make up almost one quarter of our Wisconsin family…
The Center for the First-Year Experience and Transfer Transition Program are here to help you transfer into life as a Badger as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to make sure you have personal assistance by facilitating involvement, promoting a sense of belonging in the Madison community, and providing resources for personal and academic success.
You’re going to love UW-Madison and we want you to enjoy your Wisconsin Experience. “It’s all about connecting your learning to the world beyond the classroom,” say Transfer Transition Advisor Jessica Regan. “We can help you embark on an adventure that involves public service, research, study abroad, and much more.”
The Transfer Ambassador Program provides fellow transfer students the opportunity to serve as peer advisors to new transfer students. “The ambassadors are here to help you make the most of your first semester at UW-Madison as you settle in and discover the range of opportunities on campus,” said Regan. We offer a wide variety of services from individual meetings with a professional advisor to group social events with our Transfer Ambassadors.
“We’ve been in this position too, so we know how overwhelming a new campus can be,” said Lizzie Seidenstricker, a Transfer Ambassador. “But that’s why we’re here! So come in, ask us questions, or just have a cup of coffee with us and talk.”
Don’t forget to take advantage of academic and career advising as much as possible. Our website has everything you need from tutoring services to libraries and more. Whether it’s cheese club, a service organization, or Homecoming Committee, there is something for you.
It’s okay if transfer students experience difficulties while adjusting to the academic expectations of a new campus. This is a new (and sometimes scary) time for everyone. We’ve got a wide variety of resources (mostly free!) on campus that can support your learning and give you additional support when needed:
- Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS): Student-run, volunteer tutoring program that provides peer education in a variety of subjects.
- Writing Center: Offers individual writing assistance and workshops on many writing topics.
- McBurney Disability Resource Center: Provides a variety of services for students with physical, learning, sensory, psychological, or health-related disabilities.
- University Libraries: There are more than 40 libraries on campus providing a wide range of resources. If you’re not sure where to start, “Ask a Librarian.”
- Math Lab: Drop-in tutorial service for math classes.
- Business Learning Center: Provides academic support for quantitative business-related classes like accounting, finance, economics and business statistics.
- Engineering Academic Support: Coordinates tutoring and study group services available to engineering students.
- CeO: Center for Educational Opportunity: Comprehensive resources for students from low-income families, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities. (Application required.)
- Chemistry Learning Center: Ongoing individual and small-group tutorials are offered in Chemistry 103, 104, and organic chemistry.
- Statistics Tutorial Lab: Click on tutorial link to see where, when, and for which classes statistics help is available.
Students who participate in activities outside the classroom are the most successful in college and beyond. We know you have demanding schedules, but we want you to participate in at least one involvement opportunity during first semester at UW–Madison. It’s a great way to make friends, improve our campus, and enrich your life here at UW-Madison. Here’s just a few:
- STAMP: The Student Transfer Association and Mentor Program (STAMP) is an active organization led by transfer students for transfer students.
- Undergraduate Research: One of the unique opportunities of attending an institution like UW–Madison is the ability to participate in undergraduate research.
- Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI): CfLI connects students to more than 700 student organizations and other leadership opportunities on campus.
- Associated Students of Madison (ASM): ASM is the official student government of UW–Madison including a vast number of volunteer and appointed leadership opportunities.
- Morgridge Center for Public Service: The Morgridge Center connect students to service-learning and volunteer opportunities in the community.
- Study Abroad: Learn more about the abundant opportunities to study internationally through UW–Madison.
- Recreational Sports: UW–Madison Recreational Sports offers several exercise facilities as well as intramural and club sports, fitness classes and personal training.
Feel free to connect with us online whenever you want. We’re easy to find on Facebook or Twitter, and we’re never far from our computers, ready to answer any questions you might have. Madison is your new home and you shouldn’t feel alone. You’re surrounded by Badgers that love and support each other. Have fun, and On, Wisconsin!