Welcome Weekend for Prospective Graduate Students
March 9th and 10th, 2018

Each spring, SACM hosts a Welcome Weekend for visiting prospective graduate students. They get the chance to meet current grad students, talk to faculty, and see the campus.

The weekend runs all day Friday and Saturday. If possible, plan to get into Madison Thursday, March 8th and leave on Sunday, March 11th. The Friday sessions are about the Computer Sciences department, its research and our faculty. Check in and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Faculty research talks will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday is about experiencing the city of Madison, mingling with current grad students and getting “insider information” on the life of a CS grad student at UW-Madison.


If you'll be attending, please fill out our registration form so we can plan for you! You must register by March 1st if you would like a hotel room booked by the Computer Sciences department. We hope to see you on March 8th! If you can't make it on the 8th but would like to visit on a different date, please select the dates for your visit and then fill out our alternate visit form. Note: We cannot schedule alternative visits before March 12th or between March 24th - April 1st as that is the week of spring break.


Link to Schedule for 2018

Information and Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to campus by car, by plane, or by foot?
Directions and maps
Where should I fly?
Most of the major airlines have a flight into Madison (MSN) every few hours from all of their hubs. It is possible to fly direct into Madison from at least 10 major US cities. To save a bit of money, you may want to check prices to fly into Chicago and take the Van Galder bus or fly into Milwaukee and take the Badger Bus. More info here.
How do I get to campus from the airport?
You can take a taxi, the city bus, or take an Uber.
What are some other sources of information about UW-Madison?
Try the UW-Madison main page, the Department of Computer Sciences web page, and Information for Visitors.
Are there any travel reimbursement funds available?
Yes, for students who are admitted with guaranteed financial support. It is very important that you follow these reimbursement guidelines. We may not be able to reimburse you if you do not follow the guidelines.
What about my lodging?
We have reserved a block of double rooms at the Union Hotel, adjacent to the CS Department for Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Welcome Weekend visitors. This lodging is paid for by the department. Please register as soon as possible to ensure availability. Also please be sure to indicate your arrival and departure dates.
What should I wear?
People wear a range of attire, but we suggest casual dress: slacks, skirt, or jeans with a nice shirt or blouse, and comfortable walking shoes. Also, if you're interested in using the university's athletic facilities, you might want to bring exercise clothes (or a bathing suit if you want to swim). Weather in Madison in late March tends to be 30 to 50 degrees +/- another 10. So plan for any conditions.
Can I talk with specific faculty during visit weekend?
A number of faculty will be available in their offices Friday afternoon for the sole purpose of meeting and talking with prospective students. You can request to meet with faculty in specific areas on the registration form. You will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty at meals on Friday.
I can't make visit weekend. Can I visit another time?
Certainly! However there won't be as many social events planned, of course. Please complete the alternate visit registration form once you have selected the dates of your visit. Your registration will be forwarded to Angela Thorp (thorp@cs.wisc.edu) who will help coordinate your alternate visit time. The department will arrange meetings for you with several faculty of interest as well as lunch with some grad students if time allows.

  • You may visit any time after March 12th and before April 15th, except for the week of spring break, March 24th - April 1st.
  • In order to meet with faculty you must plan to be in Madison on at least one weekday during your visit.
Where can I find more information about living in Madison?
You'll have plenty of time to talk to us about this during your visit, but if you want to read up on it before you get here we've got some links for you. Graduate students live all over the place, and have a wide range of living expenses. Living close to campus has the advantage that you're at the center of life. If you are willing to live further from campus and commute you can pay much less for a nicer place. There's almost no parking close to the department, but there are very good bus connections to many areas away from campus. So it all depends what is important to you. You should also look at the Campus Area Housing.
Where can I find more information about life in Madison?
Try these sites:
Where can I find information about off-campus apartment rentals and housing?
The Campus Area Housing Listing Service is an excellent resource.
Where can I find information about women in Computer Science at UW-Madison?
UW-Madison Computer Science has an ACM organization for women in Computer Science, called WACM. WACM will be hosting a breakfast for current and prospective women of the department on Saturday morning (see the schedule for location and timing). You can also check out the website, or email Jayapradha Rangarajan (jayapradhavr@cs.wisc.edu) for specific questions.
Where can I find information about LGBT issues at UW and the Madison area?
The Ten Percent Society and LGBT Campus Center are good resources. You can also email Erik Paulson (epaulson@cs.wisc.edu) or talk to him during welcome weekend.
Where can I find information about alternative funding?
We'll have a good deal of information about this at welcome weekend.
You didn't answer my question!
Angela Thorp (thorp@cs.wisc.edu) is the graduate coordinator. Direct questions about the CS department to her. For questions about welcome weekend, you may also join our Welcome Weekend Facebook Group