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Welcome Future Badgers! It's time to Ready, Set, SOAR!

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Getting started! Everything you need to know after you sign-up.

Understanding SOAR and Getting Started More

We are excited for you to join our campus community and we will still make sure your Wisconsin Experience starts off right! This website will be your guide for your summer SOAR 2020 experience. We will post regular updates about SOAR to ensure you are prepared for your transition to UW-Madison. For the safety of the campus and community, new undergraduate students will complete the SOAR program online this summer.

Starting August 31, our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday-Friday. Our Orientation Assistants are happy to help you if you have questions at soar@studentlife.wisc.edu and 608-262-4707. On, Wisconsin!



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Have questions about your courses? Connect with your advisor!

For all questions about course selection and advising, you should connect with the advising office of your academic school/college, or Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) if you are exploring majors. You can find the contact information for each advising office and how to connect with your assigned advisor(s) on the Find and Advisor page on the Office of Undergraduate Advising’s website. For help using the Course Search & Enroll app, please use the Office of the Registrar’s Course Search & Enroll Help guide

Are you checking your Wiscmail (@wisc.edu)?

We ask students to activate their UW Wiscmail account once they pay their enrollment deposit to ensure they receive university communications. We also encourage you to make this your preferred e-mail in your Student Center through MyUW using this step-by-step instruction page from the Office of the Registrar. If you feel that you are not getting SOAR communications, be sure to also check the junk, spam, and deleted folders of your personal e-mail and Wiscmail. If you need any more help during that process, it is best to contact the DoIT Help Desk.

Check out our Parent & Family Content!

Our online program content tailored to parents & family members of incoming Badgers that includes information on six central themes:

  • Academics
  • Financial
  • Health, Wellness, and Safety
  • Housing
  • Out-of-classroom Involvement
  • After SOAR

Visit our Parent & Family page for accessing our SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website. This website is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Captions and ASL-interpreted videos are also available for videos on the site. The SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website will be available until Friday, September 18.

Accommodations for Disabilities and Language Interpretation

We strive to ensure all participants can fully participate in the SOAR program. If you or a family member need accommodations to participate in SOAR, you must indicate those needs on your SOAR reservation. Click the links below for more information.

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For information regarding the accessibility and usability of the technologies used for SOAR online visit SOAR online – Accessibility & usability information.