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The Fetzer Centers

Fetzer Student-Athlete Academic Center
Kellner Hall - Lower Level
Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed
Varsity Club & Suites
Camp Randall Stadium
Monday - Thursday 2:00pm-10:00pm
Friday - Sunday Closed
Kohl Fetzer Center
Kohl Center-Lower Level
Video Tour
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed
May close early for Kohl Center events. See postings for further info.

Student Athlete Computer Labs

History of the Fetzer Centers

Thanks in large part to the generosity of UW Alumnus Wade Fetzer (BS'59) and his wife Beverly, student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin have access to two exceptional academic centers.

The original Fetzer Student Athlete Academic Center opened in the basement of the McClain Center in 1997 and housed a 15,000 square foot facility that served the needs of all student athletes. In the fall of 2006, the Kohl Fetzer Center (KFC) opened as a satellite office. This 5,000 square foot learning center provides a quiet study environment, an eleven station computer lab, and advising and learning specialist support to teams that are proximate to the Kohl Center.

In the summer of 2012, renovation of the McClain Center began, and the Fetzer Center was relocated to the lower level of Kellner Hall. The current facility houses the majority of the Academic and Student Development staff, a thirteen station computer lab, and multiple quiet study areas. During the transition, Tutoring and Study Table are offered in the Varsity Club, located in Camp Randall Stadium.

A new Fetzer Center will be opening on the north end of Camp Randall in January, 2014 as part of the Student-Athlete Performance Center project. The new state of the art facility will be double the size or the original Fetzer Center, and will provide an exceptional space to facilitate learning and student-athlete development.

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Advisors provide a broad range of services to student athletes:

  • academic advising and counseling
  • monitor academic performance
  • monitor eligibility
  • monitor post competition
  • participate in SOAR and other orientations for new student-athletes
  • meet and communicate regularly with coaches and administrators, monitor class attendance
  • contact UW faculty and staff to gather information on the performance of students
  • meet with prospective student-athletes and families on recruiting visits

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Learning Specialists

Learning specialists coordinate and implement academic support plans for students who are potentially at risk or under prepared.

They foster academic skills by assisting students with developing a mastery of the subject material, developing study strategies, test taking skills, organizational skills and time management approaches.

Students are assigned to learning specialists and meet with them regularly. As a team, the student-athlete, learning specialist, and advisor work together to design a plan to help the student acquire the necessary skills to succeed academically, increase academic confidence and accomplish academic goals.

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Students who are potentially at-risk or under-prepared but do not need the assistance of a learning specialist are provided with mentors.

Mentors assist student-athletes in

  • developing effective study skills
  • learning time management strategies and organization skills
  • transitioning from high school into college

Mentors are often former student-athletes, graduate students, and/or individuals who are professionally employed. They meet with assigned students weekly in one or two hour sessions.

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Student athletes can request individual tutors for any course, as well as participate in organized study groups. Tutors are mainly professionals and graduate students with a high degree of expertise and experience.

Student-athletes request tutors through their myuwbadgers.com portal.

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Fetzer Center Computer Labs

The computer labs at the Kellner and Kohl Fetzer Centers are open exclusively to UW student-athletes. In order to use the labs, you will need to set up a network account. Please see the Computer Lab Coordinator (or your advisor) for more information.

Appropriate Use

As students at the University of Wisconsin, you are expected to abide by the UW's policies for Appropriate Use Of Information Technology Resources. In addition, the viewing of objectionable materials is not allowed in the computer lab, unless it is specifically assigned as part of your coursework.

Food & Beverages

Food and beverages rules for the computer lab are as follows:

  • Closed beverage containers (i.e. water bottles, etc.) are allowed.
  • Open beverage containers (i.e. paper cups, coffee cups, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Food is not allowed.

Violating these rules may affect your lab access. If you cause any damage to the computers due to spilled food or beverages, you may be charged for repair or replacement.

Home Directories

All lab accounts include network space for the storage of files (i.e. a home directory). Due to space limitations on the server, excessive use of your home directory to store personal files may result in restrictions being place on your home directory. If you have a large number of files that are not related to academic work, you should copy them to portable storage such as a rewritable CD/DVD or a USB drive.

Laptop Computers

The Kohl Fetzer Center has a limited number of laptop computers available for short-term check out to student-athletes.


The computer labs are quiet study areas. Excessive noise is not tolerated. Please keep talking and conversation to a minimum.


Due to NCAA Compliance Regulations, we must charge for printing. However, all of your printing needs are funded through the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund. Black & white printing is available from your workstation; color printing must be requested through the computer lab staff.

Other Computer Labs

The UW-Madison campus provides general-access computer labs at 17 locations. Use of the labs is free (except for printing with Wiscard) for anyone with a valid UW-Madison ID. Applications are available for both Macintosh and Windows on dual-boot iMac computers. Hardware includes DVD/CD-RW drives, scanners, video editing resources, color printers, and poster printers. Not all hardware and software are available in every lab. Please contact individual labs for specific information.

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Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Center's mission is to assist in creating an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment.

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