Before coming to campus, use this website as your guide to prepare for your SOAR session. The checklist includes links to a variety of campus offices and resources to help you access the most up-to-date information. If you have additional questions, you can also always contact the SOAR office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (608) 262-4707. We can’t wait to see you on campus!
1. Complete Your Admissions Steps
The Office of Admissions provides lots of information for new freshmen, transfer, and international students who are transitioning to UW-Madison. Please complete the correct checklist for your admit type before continuing with the SOAR registration process.
2. Take Your Placement Test
You will need to complete placement testing before attending your SOAR session; placement testing is the way advisors learn more about your skills and help correctly advise you about your first-semester courses.
Freshmen are required to take English (or English as a Second Language, ESLAT) and math placement tests, regardless of previous coursework. Testing in a world language is also highly encouraged.
Transfer students are informed via e-mail by Admissions which test(s) they are required to take.
You must register for your placement test(s) before making your SOAR reservation; however, you do not need to complete your placement test(s) before selecting a SOAR date. Testing must be completed before attending the SOAR program.
The FAQ page for the Testing & Evaluation Office can provide you with additional information about testing and how to register for your placement test. To confirm which test(s) you need to take, consult your admission letter or contact the Office of Admissions at (608) 262-3961 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Placement Testing FAQs
- Registration for Placement Testing (includes regional pencil-and-paper and Computer-Based testing)
- List of testing locations for Computer-Based Testing (for students needing to take the ESLAT and students who are located outside of Wisconsin)
- Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
- Information about taking placement testing in world languages
- 3. Prepare to make your SOAR Reservation
- 4. Make your SOAR Reservation
5. SOAR Accommodations for Students and Parents/Guests
The SOAR program strives to ensure all participants can fully participate in the program, if students or guests need accommodations for the SOAR program, please follow the links below.
6. Make Your Overnight Accommodations
University Housing is the recommended overnight accommodation for freshmen and their guests attending SOAR. Students can reserve a room online through University Housing. Overnight accommodations are not automatically included as part of the SOAR reservation process; they must be made separately.
For transfer students and guests not wishing to stay on campus, here is a list of local hotels offering discounts to SOAR participants.
For international students arriving in the country prior to Residence Hall move-in, fall transition housing is available, more information is available at www.housing.wisc.edu/residencehalls-moving-transition.htm.
7. Get Ready to SOAR!
- Complete the Preparing for SOAR module in MyUW. This must be completed prior to arriving at SOAR.
- Pay any outstanding SOAR fees.
- Download the 2017 SOAR Guide on the UW Guides App.
- Visit youatuw.com and connect with other #futurebadgers using #youatuw on social media.
- Learn more about academic advising on campus and about how advising will work at SOAR by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Advising’s website.
Review this information to prepare for your SOAR experience. SOAR gives you a closer look at what life is like for a UW–Madison student. Come to Madison prepared, and discover the exciting resources waiting for you.
8. After SOAR
- Please take some time to fill out the SOAR Program Evaluation after you complete your SOAR session.
- Begin exploring the Wisconsin Welcome Events App (released in late July)