UW-Madison Undergraduate Advising combines the strengths of centralized and decentralized advising models to provide students with the best undergraduate experience.
Central Leadership & Coordination
A centralized model is coordinated by The Office of Undergraduate Advising and provides the UW-Madison advising community with central leadership and coordination for advisor professional development, resources, technology, community-building, communication, and advising policy.
Decentralized Advising Services
Schools, colleges, and advising units provide advising independently to allow advisors to specialize in their major, certificate, program, or area of expertise, leading to better guidance on schedule planning, academic support, career preparation, and staying on track to graduate.
Types of Advising at UW-Madison
During Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) each student meets with an advisor to create a schedule for their first semester at UW-Madison.
Every students has at least one assigned academic advisor for their major, certificate, field of study.
Undecided or Exploring
Students who are exploring majors are assigned to a Cross-College Advising Service advisor who works with them to create a strategic plan that helps them clarify their interests while making timely progress towards a degree.
Program advisors work with specific populations, including transfer students, international students, students in scholarship or service programs, student-athletes, and students with veteran status.
Early Career Exploration
The Career Exploration Center is the first stop for students in the early stages of career planning.
School & College Career Services
Career Services at UW-Madison are organized and delivered by the undergraduate schools and colleges and provide comprehensive career services including career advising and workshops, job postings, career fairs, on-campus interviews, and more.
Several fields of study offer pre-professional advising, including law, healthcare, and business.
Undergraduate Academic Awards
Provides advising to undergraduates and recent graduates on campus-wide and nationally competitive scholarship and award opportunities (including review of personal statements and preparation for interviews).
Advising for continuing education is offered through Adult Career and Special Student Services, a first stop for adults who seek to explore learning options, develop career goals, and/or gain admission to UW-Madison for enrollment as a University Special or degree student.
Study Abroad Advising
Study abroad advising is offered campus-wide through International Academic Programs, and the International Internship Program. Several schools and colleges also have their own study abroad offices and offer advising on opportunities that are directly related to a specific field of study.
Several advising units utilize peer advisors. Peer advisors are students with unit specific and interpersonal skills training who work as a part of
an advising team to provide guidance, support, and referrals for undergraduate students.