Appointments

Advising appointments are a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with your advisor to discuss interests, goals, concerns, and any other questions you have about academics in L&S.

L&S Academic Advising Services is operating remotely during spring and summer 2021. Please see the steps below for connecting with your academic advisor. You can also find answers to common questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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How to schedule a SOAR Academic Advising Meeting

If you are a student participating in orientation (SOAR), you will be emailed directions for scheduling a SOAR academic advising meeting with your assigned SOAR advisor. That email will be sent the week prior to your scheduled SOAR session. Please follow the directions in that email to make an appointment. We are unable to meet with SOAR students in advance of their advising week.

Please refer to this page for more details on the SOAR program timeline. Further questions can be addressed to: lssoaradvising@ls.wisc.edu.

How to locate your assigned academic advisor

How to schedule a Microsoft Teams video chat with your AAS advisor

  • Log in to your MyUW.
  • Open the Starfish app (if you do not see it, you can begin by searching for it in MyUW and adding it to your dashboard).
  • Within the Starfish app, select your L&S AAS advisor’s name and find an available date and time.
  • Under location, select Microsoft Teams Video Chat. Note that all UW-Madison students have access to Microsoft Teams. Please also note that your computer/device will need access to the internet, as well as a microphone and speakers. Utilizing a camera for video chat is optional.
  • Your advisor will contact you with additional details on how to access your meeting. Please Read this email carefully and save it so you can access it for your appointment.
  • Review “Using Microsoft Teams for your Advising Appointment” for step-by-step instructions and more information on what to expect from your virtual meeting.

How to schedule a phone meeting with your AAS advisor

  • Log in to your MyUW.
  • Open the Starfish app (if you do not see it, you can begin by searching for it in MyUW and adding it to your dashboard).
  • Within the Starfish app, select your L&S AAS advisor’s name and find an available date and time.
  • Under location, select Phone Appointment.
  • In the notes section, please include a US phone number where we can reach you. Your advisor will call you at the time of your appointment (US Central Time). Please note that this call may appear to be from a blocked number. We cannot call international phone numbers. If you are using an international phone number, please see the instructions for scheduling a Microsoft Teams meeting.

How to meet with an AAS advisor if you are not assigned to one

  • As a starting point, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions
  • If you have additional questions, you can email advisingaas@ls.wisc.edu or submit an Advising Appointment Request Form. If you are a new incoming student and have not yet attended orientation, you do not need to submit the form, as you will be meeting with an advisor at SOAR, where most academic questions, including those around course selection, will be answered. Please see “How to Schedule a SOAR Academic Advising meeting” (above).

How to prepare for your advising appointment

  • Be open to reviewing course options, addressing academic problems or concerns, making decisions about the upcoming semester, and exploring major/certificate options.
  • Explore departmental websites or review the College of Letters & Science Guide.
  • Run and review your DARS.
  • Write down any questions for your advisor and bring them to your meeting.
  • Complete your Pre-Enrollment Checklist and check for holds.