Resources and Support

Our academic opportunities and resources give students everything they need for a challenging college career supported by faculty, advisors, technology, mentors, facilities, and tutors.


Our professors are nationally and internationally recognized teachers and scholars. With over 2,100 faculty members, a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1, and just 30 students in the average class, you can get to know your professors. And because Wisconsin is among the top public universities in the number of professors who have won prestigious awards and prominent grants, you'll be learning from the people who are creating today's cutting-edge knowledge.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are partners in planning your academic experience at UW–Madison. Your first advising experience will take place during SOAR, our orientation and registration program. From there you'll be assigned an advisor in your area of interest or a specialist to help you figure out your areas of interest. Your advisor will help you consider major options, plan your course work, identify ways to get involved, explore career options, and progress toward graduation.

McBurney Disability Resource Center

UW–Madison's McBurney Disability Resource Center is committed to creating an accessible campus community for all students. The Center serves UW–Madison students with physical, learning, sensory, or psychological disabilities substantially affecting a major life activity (e.g., walking, communicating, learning, seeing, or breathing). Many clients have hidden disabilities such as diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, depression, learning disorders, or other health impairments. The McBurney Center evaluates eligibility for disability-related services and accommodations; determines reasonable accommodations and develops individualized service plans; and provides advocacy, guidance, and on-going support to students with disabilities, among many other services.


The UW–Madison libraries boast the 11th-largest research collection in North America and the largest library in the state, Memorial Library. The library system includes 40 libraries with holdings totaling more than 7.3 million printed volumes, over 20,000 electronic journals, and more than 7 million items such as government documents, maps, films, video games, and musical scores. The libraries offer free wireless internet access, computer labs, laptop checkout, study rooms, digital collections, and live online help.

Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)

The Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS) is a registered student organization supported by segregated fees and dedicated to connecting UW–Madison students with volunteer tutors for assistance with academic courses, study skills, conversational English, and intercultural exchange. GUTS programs provide free tutoring and mentoring to hundreds of students and university affiliates each semester.

The Writing Center

UW–Madison's Writing Center helps undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. The Writing Center's methods are multi-faceted, flexible, and collaborative and show respect for the individual writer, whose talents, voice, and goals are central to all its endeavors. The Writing Center offers:

  • trained, supportive instructors who work one-on-one with students at all levels and in all disciplines
  • trained, supportive undergraduate peer tutors who work one-on-one with students in undergraduate writing-intensive courses across the curriculum
  • an online writing center providing electronic tutoring and instructional materials
  • short-term, non-credit workshops about academic writing
  • reference materials about academic writing, for use by students and faculty
  • convenient access to resources through multiple locations across campus and online