Updated: 3/15/21

For the health and safety of our campus community, in-person events, tours, and visits are currently suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to encourage admitted and prospective students and their families to visit campus virtually. We are excited to offer a wide range of virtual programming, including live Admissions Information Sessions and Campus Tours, as well as other live and pre-recorded sessions, so you can learn more about life as a #FutureBadger. All available sessions can be found on the Visit Bucky website.

UW–Madison communicates updates regarding campus operations on a regular basis at, including guidance for visitors to campus. If you have questions about current campus visit policies, please contact Campus Information at 608-263-2400.

The latest information on events and tours for prospective and admitted students can be found at Visit Bucky. As soon as it is safe to do so, we look forward to resuming in-person tours and visits and will share details on Visit Bucky and via email. If you haven’t already, we suggest submitting our request for information form to be contacted once in-person visits return, as well as to receive custom information about your interests.

While not encouraged at this time, if you do choose to visit the University of Wisconsin–Madison on your own, please review our Campus Visitor Expectations and self-guided tour below, before planning your trip to campus.



These expectations are issued pursuant to Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s authority under UWS Chapter 18.11(7)(e) to establish access to UW–Madison lands and buildings in accordance with her responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of the university.


Visitor Access to Campus Buildings & Bathrooms

UW–Madison is currently unable to provide access to campus buildings or campus bathrooms at this time. We are unable to make exceptions to our current Safer Badgers policies for admitted and prospective students and their families. For more information on campus rules and restrictions, please review the most updated FAQs regarding visitor policies on campus on our COVID Response website.

Face Coverings

All individuals accessing university lands must wear face coverings outside when not able to physically distance or when traveling in a group of two or more individuals. We are unable to provide face coverings to visitors.

Physical Distancing

All individuals using outdoor spaces on university lands must maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from others who are not part of their household/party, at all times.

Bathroom Access

The University Book Store (711 State Street) on Library Mall welcomes visitors and has public bathrooms. Bathroom access in campus buildings is not currently available to visitors. Visitors may choose to seek out other public restrooms located off-campus in the downtown Madison area.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure

We ask that all visitors to campus  utilize the Symptom Checker prior to arriving at UW–Madison.

Visitors should not visit UW–Madison if they/their guest are feeling unwell or if they had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Visiting UW–Madison is not advised for those who have an increased risk for developing complications from COVID-19.


To ensure both your health and safety and the health and safety of our campus community, it is imperative that you follow the guidelines outlined above.



We offer a Self-Guided Campus Tour in English and Spanish.

You may also explore our Visitor Guide and Map that highlights campus and Madison offerings.

During your visit, we invite you to stop by our visitor services table inside the University Book Store located at 711 State Street between 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Saturday and 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Sundays. Enter through the doors off Library Mall near Moka coffee shop to say hello to our friendly staff, grab a self-guided tour map, and ask questions about UW-Madison.

Questions about the campus and community?

Please contact Campus Information at 608-263-2400 or Ask Bucky.

Questions about Admissions or Degrees?

Please contact or call 608-262-3961.


Questions about Madison, WI

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