Graduate Student Welcome Weekend 2024

Congratulations on your acceptance into the graduate program in Computer Sciences here at UW-Madison! Admissions into a highly competitive program is a testimony to the many years of hard work you’ve put into your education, and we hope you are enjoying this high honor. Well done!

As our department moves into its 60th year – we’re the second oldest CS department in the US – we find ourselves in a new and exciting phase. Our department is growing, we are exploring several intriguing possibilities for the future profile of computing on campus, and we move into a beautiful new building in 2025! I can’t wait to see where we go – and I hope you will join us and play your own role in these developments.

I wish you all the best in making your decisions about grad school! On Wisconsin!

Steve Wright
Chair, Computer Sciences Department, UW-Madison

Welcome Weekend 2024: March 8-9

Each spring, the CS Department and Graduate Student Organizations host a Welcome Weekend for visiting prospective students. Prospective graduate students who have been offered admission to the program will learn about faculty research, meet with professors, socialize with current graduate students and experience the beautiful UW-Madison campus.

The visit weekend has an action-packed schedule all day Friday and Saturday. If possible, plan to arrive in Madison Thursday, March 7 and leave on Sunday March 9.   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. on Friday.

Saturday activities are led by current graduate students. The goals are for participants to experience Madison, mingle with current graduate students and get “insider information” on graduate student life in the UW-Madison CS department.


Admitted students will receive a detailed email invitation in February that will include the registration forms and additional information. Double occupancy hotel rooms for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings will be paid for and arranged for out of town all Welcome Weekend attendees who register by February 25. The hotel requires the information by that date.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where should I fly?

Most of the major airlines have a flight into Madison (MSN) from 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 to Madison.

How do I get to campus?

You can take a taxi, city bus, Lyft, or Uber.

What are some other sources of information about UW-Madison?

Try the UW-Madison main page and the Department of Computer Sciences web page. See other resources below. 

What about my lodging?

We have reserved a block of double rooms at the Wisconsin Union Hotel, adjacent to the CS Department for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for Welcome Weekend visitors. This lodging is paid for by the department. You will be assigned a double room with a roommate. Please register by February 25 if you need hotel accommodations.

What should I wear?

Dress casually: slacks, skirt, or jeans with a nice shirt or blouse and comfortable walking shoes.

What's the weather like?

Weather in Madison in early March is unpredictable: 20-45℉  range is typical. Snow or rain is possible. So plan for any conditions.

Can I talk with specific faculty during visit weekend?

When you register for Welcome Weekend, you will be asked for your faculty meeting preferences. Every effort will be made to schedule you with your preferred faculty. Meetings may be in person or virtual depending on faculty availability. Most meetings will be scheduled for Friday afternoon.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty at meals on Friday.

I am unable to attend Welcome Weekend. Can I visit another time?

We are unable to schedule and coordinate alternative visits; however, you are welcome to visit campus on your own. After Welcome Weekend, we will post faculty talks and other information on the Welcome Weekend website. 

Where can I find more information about living in Madison?

There are a variety of living options in and around Madison for graduate students. To search for off campus housing, information can be found at the Campus Area Housing site. UW-Madison University Housing offers apartments for graduate students at Eagle Heights. 

Where can I find more information about life in Madison?

Where can I find information about women in Computer Sciences at UW-Madison?

UW-Madison Computer Sciences 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.

Where can I find information about LGBTQ issues at UW and in the Madison area?

 The Pride Society and the LGBTQ Campus Center are good resources.


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