Formerly the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE)

Announcing: A New Name for Our Office

The Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) is now the Office of Student Transition and Family Engagement (STFE). 

This change will better reflect a full range of student transitions, as well as programs designed for the families of UW-Madison students throughout their first year and beyond.

Our office will continue to host SOAR, Wisconsin Welcome, Transfer Transition Program, and Parent and Family Program.

Expect to see more on the transition throughout fall 2023. For questions, please contact Carren Martin, Director of OSTFE, at

Connect with Us

Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Phone: 608-263-0367

Focus Areas


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.

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.

student talking to academic support rep

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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