Undergraduate Advising at UW-Madison
Advising is the process of making plans for your undergraduate education and putting together the pieces of your Wisconsin Experience to create a coherent whole. Advising is more than selecting your courses. A good advising relationship provides you with a coach who can help you figure out how to make the best of your time at UW-Madison and be ready for your next step after graduation. As Marc Lowenstein (2000) said “Good advising is to the whole curriculum as good teaching is to one course." Undergraduate students have their first advising experience at the Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) program.
Advisors at UW-Madison are staff and faculty with advanced degrees who are professionally prepared to serve as advisors for undergraduate students. Most advisors are full-time advisors, meaning that advising undergraduates is the central purpose of their job. Other advisors have responsibilities like teaching and research in addition to advising.
Every undergraduate has an assigned advisor who helps you navaigate the undergraduate experience. After you attend Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) you will be assigned an advisor. You can see your advisor’s name through your MyUW Student Center. Your assigned advisor is not the only advisor you should get to know. Advisors have different specialty areas such as internships, career planning, study abroad or graduate school planning. You should take advantage of the many different types of advisors at UW-Madison.
Advisors work with students in many different ways, including SOAR, individual appointments, group meetings, drop-in visits, and electronic communications.
You should interact with an advisor at least once per semester. Some advising offices require student contact and others do not. You should visit with an advisor as often as you would like or feel that you need - the more the better for establishing a good relationship.
If you’ve had a great advising experience please take a moment to Thank an Advisor.
FIND AN ADVISOR
Follow the questions below to find the right advisor to assist you.
Are you a currently enrolled undergraduate student at UW-Madison?
Are you a prosepctive freshman considering attending UW-Madison?
|Are you a prospective transfer student considering attending UW-Madison?||Yes|
Are you a non-degree seeking or University Special student?