To facilitate undergraduate education by providing central leadership, coordination, and resources to the UW-Madison advising community.
All students are empowered to create their Wisconsin Experience, and achieve academic and career success.
What We Do
The Office of Undergraduate Advising was created in 2011 as a signature investment of the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU). We provide centralized coordination and resources for key functions for cross-campus undergraduate advising at UW-Madison, including training, technology, assessment, community-building, policy, and communication.
In response to the recommendations of the 2016 cross-campus Career Services Task Force, campus leadership tasked the Office of Undergraduate Advising with supporting the career services community. To stay informed about these efforts, please visit the page below to see important updates and relevant documents.
A professionally trained, well-networked advising community is key to supporting student academic and career success. To help advisors stay on the cutting edge of the latest tools, technology, resources, and practices that support students, we coordinate campus-wide professional development for new and experienced advisors as well as peer advisors and supervisors of advisors.
We build, maintain, and offer training for several campus-wide tools that enhance advisor practice, including the Advising Gateway (comprehensive student records & information), Handshake (student career and recruitment platform), and Starfish (scheduling assistant tool).
We offer guidance and assistance to advising units on assessment and evaluation best practices with the goal of helping to improve advising services to students. We provide assistance to units and advisors to help them obtain data from campus information systems in order to address specific operational questions or to inform assessment and evaluation efforts.
On a large campus, it is critical to have a well-connected advising community. We offer several networking events throughout the year to bring advisors together from all eight schools and colleges, as well as career services staff, cross-campus advising programs, and key campus partners for discussion and collaboration.
We coordinate with campus advising leadership to advocate for policies that are in the best interest of undergraduate students, as well as the advising community.
We strive to keep the advising community well-informed and connected about issues that impact advising or the undergraduate experience. We also work to highlight the role and value of advising to campus and students.