Campus resources to keep you healthy, active and sharp this summer

Seen from the Memorial Union Terrace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, members of the Hoofers Sailing Club sail their boat on Lake Mendota as the late spring/early summer sun sets.UW–Madison’s Hoofers sailing club maintains a fleet of boats for recreational and competitive sailing, offering an active way to experience Madison’s lakes in the summer. Photo by Jeff Miller/UW–Madison


As summer weather and Summer Term courses start to heat up, now is a great time to review the many resources available to you on campus — many of them free of charge! — designed to support your personal and academic success.

Whether you’re taking in-person courses on campus or online courses from somewhere else in the world, you have options when it comes to UW–Madison summer resources.

If you are unsure where to go, start with the Dean of Students Office within Student Affairs, which connects students navigating personal, academic or health issues to campus and community resources. The department also serves as a central location for reporting incidents of hate and bias, sexual assault and hazing. Staff are available via phone, email and in person, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Consider bookmarking this page to keep the following resources list at your fingertips as you make your way through Summer Term 2023.

Physical and mental health

  • University Health Services (UHS) is available to all Summer Term students. (If you are not enrolled in summer courses, you can pay the Summer Health Fee to access care.) Services include care for illnesses and injuries as well as preventative, psychological and psychiatric care.
  • If you’re the victim of sexual assault or need help dealing with a dangerous relationship or family situation, go to the UHS Survivor Services page or call the crisis line at 608-265-5600 (option 3).
  • Check out the UHS Remote Health and Connection page for virtual resources on health and wellness, along with identity-specific resources for students of color, international students and LGBTQ+ students.


  • Undergraduate academic advisors are ready to engage with students in person or virtually to answer questions about course selection and requirements along with other issues related to your life as a student.
  • UW–Madison Libraries continue to offer great resources, such as study spaces, computer labs and equipment checkout during summer months. The Ask a Librarian chat service remains available during the summer, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Writing Center is open during Summer Term with in-person, virtual and asynchronous appointments as well as workshops and groups to help you improve your writing. Due to summer office renovations, in-person appointments will be held in Room 6191 of Helen C. White. Check out the Writing Center website for complete summer hours.

Technology, financial aid and accessibility

  • Tech trouble? Visit the DoIt Help Desk in person or call, email or chat with expert digital problem-solvers. Summer hours for the Help Desk are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, noon–5 p.m.
  • The friendly team at the Office of Student Financial Aid is available in person and virtually during Summer Term, with services including financial aid advising and workshops as well as basic needs and emergency financial support.
  • The McBurney Disability Resource Center is open this summer, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with its full suite of services for students with disabilities, including classroom accommodations. Its online program, McBurney Orientation and Training Program (MOST), offers important information to new freshmen and their families.

Recreation and wellness

  • Summer is the perfect time to get outside in Madison, and Outdoor UW and Wisconsin Hoofers have you covered with everything from equipment rentals like kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to sailing and scuba clubs. Soak up the sun, Badgers!
  • Grab a friend and get moving with RecWell, which boasts a range of summer activities including intramural summer sports like sand volleyball and group fitness classes. You can even cool off at the Sub-Zero Ice Center in the brand-new Bakke Center!
  • Nature will be in full bloom at UW–Madison’s Arboretum this summer. Get your nature fix on a solo hike or check out one of the free guided nature walks, garden tours or classes.

There’s so much more to explore this summer, but, as always, the most important thing you can do is care for yourself. Take advantage of these resources to have a healthy and successful Summer Term!

Learn more about UW–Madison Summer Term and designing a summer that’s right for you. Summer Term’s first session began May 22, but it’s not too late to enroll in summer courses!

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