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Welcome to the UW-Madison community. Your first step to becoming a Badger is attending SOAR! Get started by reading the below checklist.

SOAR Checklist

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 soar@studentlife.wisc.edu or by phone at (608) 262-4707. We can’t wait to see you on campus!

(Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

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1. Complete Your Admissions Steps

The Office of Admissions provides 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.

Admission Checklist for Spring-Admitted Students

2. Plan Your Placement Test(s)

You will need to complete placement testing before attending your SOAR session. Placement tests help advisors learn about your skills and correctly advise you about choosing courses.

January SOAR 2020: If you have taken, or will take, your placement testing off-campus, you must inform the SOAR Office at soar@studentlife.wisc.edu with the date of your placement testing. This information is required before selecting a SOAR session. On-campus placement testing will also be available the week of January 13. If you plan to complete placement testing on-campus, please fill out our online testing registration form. Note: On-campus placement testing must be completed at least 24 hours before your SOAR session. Shortly after completing the form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the details for your testing date.

  • 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 which test(s) they are required to take via email from the Office of Admissions. Information about which test(s) you need to take is also available at the bottom of your Transfer Credit Evaluation, located in your Student Center.

If you’re unable to participate in paper/pencil testing, please view this list of computer-based testing centers (select “test site cities” on the left side of the page.)

3. Prepare to make your SOAR Reservation

  • Review the content listed on the SOAR Program Overview page.
  • Students should determine which advising group they will advise with at SOAR. Review the information provided by the Office of Undergraduate Advising at advising.wisc.edu.

4. Make your SOAR Reservation

Spring Admits

The SOAR reservation system will open on December 2, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST for Spring-admitted freshman and transfer students.

5. Accommodations for Disability and Language Interpretation

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. Reserve Overnight Lodging

January SOAR Program

There are no overnight housing accommodations available during our January SOAR program. If you plan to say overnight in Madison, a list of hotels near campus offering competitive rates, and private hotels offering discounts to SOAR participants is available at soar.wisc.edu/hotels.

7. Get Ready to SOAR

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.

Complementary Programs for Summer SOAR Attendees

Looking to get a jump start on your Wisconsin Experience? In addition to SOAR, check out these other summer opportunities for new students!

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