Wisconsin Welcome 2019: Get Excited!

The new semester is just around the corner, and we’re excited to welcome (and welcome back) current students, and incoming freshmen and transfer students to campus. The start of the semester is an exciting time of the year. New students from all over the world are stepping on to campus for the first time, and for many, it’s their first time living independently. It’s the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and create memorable new experiences. 

A student hugs Bucky while being welcomed on campus.

“Students should take advantage of the opportunity to engage in Wisconsin Welcome events so they can meet new friends, explore campus, and have fun with other incoming freshmen and transfers. Using the app (go.wisc.edu/welcome) is an easy way to find events that are happening each day,” said Katie Cummings, communications coordinator at Center for the First-Year Experience.

Wisconsin Welcome offers events for incoming students to meet new friends and find their place in the community during the first three weeks of the semester. There are events for everyone, but we’ve highlighted several below that you should be sure to check out:

Wednesday, August 28

Farrell Dillon – Comedy Magic Show

7 p.m. in Gordon & 10 p.m. in Lake Mendota Room


Thursday, August 29

Playfair: The Ultimate Icebreaker

8 – 10 p.m. at the Near West Fields


Friday, August 30

International Student Welcome & Information Fair

12 – 3 p.m. at the Pyle Center


Live Band Karaoke

10 – 11 p.m. in Gordon Dining and Event Center


Saturday, August 31

Jaboukie Young-White and Jon Rudnitsky

7 p.m. & 9 p.m. at the Wisconsin Union Theater


Glow Party

10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m in the Holt Center


Sunday, September 1

Sunburst Festival

7 – 10 p.m. at Union South


Late Night Skate

9 – 11 p.m. at the Shell


Monday, September 2

Labor Day on the Terrace

11 a.m. – 11:55 p.m. at the Terrace


Monday Funday

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Cole Residence Hall


Terrace Paintacular

3 – 5 p.m. at the Terrace


Free Laser Tag with Rec Well

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Near West Fields


Tuesday, September 3

Chancellor’s Convocation

1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Kohl Center


New Student Ice Cream Welcome

3 – 5 p.m. at Alumni Park


Badger Welcome BBQ 

5 – 8 p.m. in Dejope and Gordon Dining


Wednesday, September 4

Badger Fest 2019

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


W Project

6 – 7 p.m.


GSCC Ice Cream Social and Resource Fair

4:30-6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union


Multicultural Orientation and Reception

6 p.m. in Memorial Union


Start of Free Group Fitness with Rec Well


Wednesday, September 11

Rec Well Bash

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Sellery Basketball Courts


Student Organization Fair

5 – 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center


Thursday, September 12


Student Organization Fair

5 – 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center


Glow-in-the-Dark Volleyball and Bingo

7 – 11 p.m. in the Natatorium


Thursday, September 19

Glow-in-the-Dark Fitness

7:30 – 9:45 p.m. in the Natatorium



Thursday, September 26

UHS flu shot kickoff

10 a.m. to 2 p.mm, 333 ECM


Light of the Moon 5k

7:30 p.m. at Near East Fields and Lakeshore Path


These are just a few of the many events you can check out during Wisconsin Welcome. Go to go.wisc.edu/welcome for more events and information, and use #WiWelcome on social to stay connected.


** For students moving in Labor Day weekend: Several key campus departments are making themselves available over the 2019 Labor Day weekend to answer questions and provide resources. On Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Union South main lobby you will be able to access campus services. More: https://studentaffairs.wisc.edu/updates/labor-day-weekend-hours-for-key-campus-services/