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New Student To-Do List

Project Summary

The New Student To-Do List (previously called the First-Year Timeline) is meant to be the primary hub for all new students to access critical applications, websites, and information needed to facilitate a smooth transition to UW-Madison. This hub, accessed through My UW, will give new students a central place to know what still needs to be done and what deadlines are approaching specific to their student records and interests. The goal is to make the transition to UW-Madison a smoother one by aggregating the decentralized administrative processes on campus.

Goals & Benefits of the Project

1. To improve the student’s first-year digital experience from acceptance through their first year at UW-Madison.
2. To improve and streamline communications between campus offices and new students.
3. To decrease the number of alternate forms of communication needed for the student to complete all necessary parts of the enrollment process.
4. To deliver a centralized location for first-year students to complete their requirements and explore optional resources.
5. To help campus offices identify students struggling with their processes as a way to improve those processes or offer support to students challenged by them.
6. To aggregate source data, thus eliminating redundancy and decreasing the number of necessary updates and data feeds.
7. To increase student satisfaction and understanding which will lead to increased admission yield rates and retention rates.

Questions/Contact Info

If you would like to get involved with the New Student To-Do List, please email Chris Diorio at

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Steering Committee Members

Chris Verhaeghe, Center for the First-Year Experience
Chris Diorio, Center for the First-Year Experience
Stephanie Benson-Gonzales,
Parent & Family Program, Campus and Visitor Relations
Brian Ward, University Housing
Dave Leszczynksi, Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Karla Weber, Office of Financial Aid
Beth Warner, Office of the Registrar
Gayle Viney, Cross-College Advising Service
Kelsey Anderson, University Health Services
Julie Gorski, Testing & Evaluation

Core Team Members

Chris Verhaeghe, Center for the First-Year Experience
Chris Diorio, Center for the First-Year Experience
Sandee Seiberlich, Division of Information Technology
Phyllis Treige, Center for Accessibility & User Experience
Jess Jones, Center for Accessibility & User Experience
Mike Farnham, Division of Information Technology