The Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program is your first experience as a new student at UW. During SOAR, you will learn about academic advising, degree requirements, and campus resources. A student who intends to declare a major within the College of Letters & Science (L&S) will be advised by Academic Advising Services (AAS) at SOAR.

During the academic advising portion of SOAR, you will:

• meet one-on-one with a professional advisor
• review your placement test scores
• discuss AP, transfer, and other credits you’re bringing in
• learn how to search for, choose, and enroll in classes
• discover how your classes and credits meet degree requirements
• learn how to make changes to your schedule
• get answers to your questions about academics and life on campus
• get assigned to an academic advisor

You can also learn more about advising and the College of Letters & Science in our 2022 L&S Advising Handbook.

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I have been admitted to UW-Madison. Can I meet with an academic advisor before SOAR?

Congratulations on being admitted to UW-Madison! If your questions are primarily about course selection and academic options, we will go over this at SOAR and you will be meeting with an academic advisor then. We generally do not meet with incoming students before SOAR, since we will not have all the necessary academic records to properly advise before then. SOAR also includes specific programming and resources to support course selection and registration.

Prior to academic advising at SOAR, we encourage you to attend one of UW’s prospective/admitted student events and information sessions that take place throughout the year.

How do I know if AAS is the right place for me at SOAR?

Academic Advising Services serves undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science as they progress towards major declaration and degree completion. If you know the major(s) you intend to declare is housed in L&S, AAS would be the right advising unit for you at SOAR. Find a full list of L&S majors in The Guide 

What if I'm not sure about the major(s) I intend to declare?

When you make a SOAR reservation, the system will ask you questions that will help choose your SOAR Advising Group

Where can I learn more about what to expect at SOAR?

Review the SOAR website for information on how to prepare for your SOAR experience.

How do I contact my advisor after SOAR?

After SOAR, you will be assigned to an advisor in AAS. If you have questions after SOAR, email your assigned advisor. Once the term following SOAR begins, you can schedule an appointment with your advisor in Starfish. 

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Enrollment help for students who have attended virtual SOAR

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Virtual SOAR students: Have additional questions about Course Search & Enroll after you attend your SOAR advising session?

Attend our Drop-in Enrollment Support Hours with L&S SOAR Peer Advisors for enrollment assistance.

L&S SOAR Peer Advisors are highly trained student staff who can assist with enrollment troubleshooting.

  • Assist with navigating/troubleshooting the enroll application
  • Review the courses and schedule you have added to your enroll cart
  • Answer questions you have about campus or student life

Summer Schedule of Drop-In Hours

Friday, July 1 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 13 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, July 15 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 19 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, July 22 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 26 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 27 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Friday, July 29 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday, August 3 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Friday, August 5 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Tuesday, August 9 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Wednesday, August 10 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Friday, August 12 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

All times listed in local Madison, WI Time (CDT).

How to Attend: Join Drop-in Hours using the Zoom link in your SOAR Canvas course (you can find that link by clicking “Zoom” on the navigation panel).

You will only be able to join the drop-in hours when they are open, no advance signup is available.

If you are having any other issues or need additional accommodations, please contact