We help incoming students transition to UW-Madison through orientation and welcome programing. While you're here, join us in a first-year seminar course and learn about campus. We also offer transfer student advising and programming.
We collect and share information and resources, support institutional initiatives, consult on projects or courses, and provide training and workshops for faculty, staff, TAs, and students who teach or work with first-year students.
Your first step to becoming a Badger is attending Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). Ready. Set. SOAR.
The Academic Engagement area coordinates and supports first-year seminars; tutoring & learning support resources; and teaching resources and support for faculty, staff, TAs, and peer leaders who work with first-year students.
Transfer Transition Program
The Transfer Transition Program aims to understand and improve the transfer student experience at UW-Madison. We offer pre-transfer academic advising for prospective students, transitional advising for newly admitted students, and host social and educational programs and events for transfers in their first year on campus.
Read our Student Blog
#YouAtUW is a blog which helps first-year students tell their stories of life at UW-Madison. This project amplifies the voices of a wide range of Badgers and aims to create community through the use of photo, video, and creative writing components, all of which are published to the site YouAtUW.com.
Several students representing unique perspectives on our campus are selected each semester to discuss first-year life through their own lens. Topics include Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR), move-in, advising, exams, involvement, and more.
Social Media Channels
Meet Emi, one of our #UWTransfers, in our newest #YouAtUW post. A transfer student from Cornell University, Emi was drawn to UW-Madison by “the infinite amount of friendly people and faces, a compelling sense of community from campus community close by, and an all-around hearty sense of Badger Pride.” Read more of her story at YouAtUW.com.