University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Focus Areas

Orientation

Your first step to becoming a Badger is attending Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). Once you move in, you'll start acclimating to campus through a suite of events known as Wisconsin Welcome.

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Academic Engagement

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 and host social and educational programs at the Transfer Engagement Center

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Inclusion Education

The goal of inclusion education is to raise awareness of the diversity within our student population, and to encourage an open and respectful environment in which students are free to share their experiences and identities.

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Read our Student Blog

#YouAtUW 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.