Preparing for #UWSOAR

Hello #FutureBadgers! We at the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) want to congratulate you on your decision to join the UW-Madison community. Before arriving on campus, however, you will make your new Badger status official at #UWSOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration). Whether you’re a freshmantransfer student, or international student; we’re here to help you during the transition to life at this university, while getting your first glimpses of campus life.

“SOAR was such an awesome time. Even though I was super nervous at first, finally getting on-campus and being with other first-year students made everything a little less scary,”- Darby Hoffman, Social Media Intern at the UW-Madison Center for the First-Year Experience.

Before coming to SOAR, we ask that all students do the following:

  • Complete your placement tests.
  • Review your reservation & confirmation letter.
  • Pay your fee.
  • Verify that you have completed all steps necessary for your admissions.
  • Complete the Preparing for SOAR module in MyUW.
  • Connect on social media! Find @uwnewstudent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or use the #UWSOAR to get connected.


  • Bring:
    • A government-issued photo ID (passport, driver’s license, or state ID card)
    • Your campus ID number
    • Your Net ID and password
    • A pen/ pencil
    • Information on academics and scholarships that affect your course enrollment
    • Documentation for AP/ IB tests
    • Transcripts for past college classes
    • The essentials (i.e. An umbrella, walking shoes, socks, comfortable attire, and a small snack)
    • And above all else…an open mind
  • Check in with SOAR staff members.
  • Attend all activities to be sure you are able to enroll in courses & receive vital information.
  • Be active and open to new ideas.

For more information on schedules, accommodations, and other questions, call our SOAR information desk at (608)262-4707, email at, or visit Ready. Set. SOAR.

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