Get on the List: Exclusive Opportunities for First-Year Students


Entering UW-Madison as a first-year student can make you feel limited in your opportunities. It seems that every class has a prerequisite and every job and internship asks for prior experience. However, being a first-year student also allows you some exclusive perks. Take, for example, the many courses provided specifically for first-year students by the university. These courses not only a span a variety of interesting, diverse topics but also facilitate an environment where new students can meet others and transition smoothly into their new experience on campus. Consider enrolling in one of these courses for spring 2017!

If you are interested in…


  • Engaging in conversations about aspects of identity, apply for SEED- Students Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (COUN PSY 325)


  • Exploring human happiness and well-being, consider enrolling in Belonging, Purpose and the Ecology of Human Happiness: EcoYou (INTER-HE 201)


  • Finding community with fellow first-year students, while deeply engaging with a specific topic, see what First-Year Interest Groups (FIGS) are being offered this spring.




  • Engaging with science and public service, check out sections of BIOLOGY 375.


  • Using technology for academic success, enroll in Tech – A Tool for Academic Success (COUN PSY 115: 007)

“First-year seminars are a great way for new students to get to know faculty and students in a small group setting, have meaningful discussions, and learn more about themselves and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.” – Kevin Clarke, Assistant Director for Academic Engagement at the Center for the First-Year Experience

Don’t miss out on the chance to engage with fellow first-year students over topics that you are truly passionate about, as many of these courses do not allow upperclassmen students to enroll. You do not have to wait to find worthwhile opportunities on campus. The university is here to help you get the most out of your Wisconsin Experience from the very first day. Continue to #StudyStrong and remember, we are always here for #YouAtUW! If you have any questions or concerns, please email Darby Hoffman at

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