Preparing for SOAR Advising

School of Education advisor Christina Nagel (left) works with incoming first-year undergraduate Arial La to computer-register for her classes during a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR). (Photo by Jeff Miller/2008)
Advisors at SOAR will help you figure out how your previous work fits into your UW-Madison academic plan. 
 
Bring your information
 
In addition to meeting with your Advising Group, you’ll also meet one-on-one with an advisor to plan out your first semester.  You will review your placement test scores with your advisor and discuss any college credit you may have earned by taking tests and/or completing college-level courses in high school or at a previously attended college. 
 
The best way to prepare for advising conversations is to bring along any test scores or results, transcripts or grade reports that you've received.  If you don’t have that information when you come to SOAR your advisor will help you figure out a contingency plan for the future. 
 
 
Ask Questions
It's very common for students to come to SOAR with mixed emotions. You might feel exhilarated, proud, anxious, confused, happy, scared . . . or you might feel all of these emotions at the same time. No matter how you're feeling, advisors are here to guide you, support you, and connect you to resources, so don't hesitate to ask questions. 
 
 
 
 
 
What happens next?
So what happens after SOAR? When should I meet with my advisor? How can an advisor help me get connected or explore careers? Do I have to meet with an advisor after SOAR? For answers to these questions and for more information about advising at UW Madison, take some time to explore this website: