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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)
  • 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.

    Admission Checklist for Spring-Admitted Students

  • 2. Take Your Placement Test(s)

    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 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.

    More information about placement testing can be found here.

  • 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

    Fall/Summer Admits

    The SOAR reservation system will open at the following times CST:

    • Transfer Students – April 8, 2019
    • Freshmen Students – April 22, 2019
  • 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 Overnight Accommodations

    Freshmen SOAR sessions span two days, and housing accommodations were not automatically included in your SOAR registration process. We recommend staying on campus to experience all residence hall living has to offer. Book your stay online at https://www.housing.wisc.edu/conferences/soar/reservation/.

    Both parents and students have the opportunity to stay on campus. If staying in housing is not the best fit for your family, there are many local places to stay in the Madison community. For a list on-campus hotels offering competitive rates and private hotels offering discounts to SOAR participants visit soar.wisc.edu/hotels.

    On-campus housing is not offered during our January programs. The SOAR program has partnered with the Lowell Center to offer a competitive rate, $89 per night, for students and families who need a place to stay in Madison. To reserve a room visit bit.ly/soarjan2019.

    Lowell Center

    Located just steps from Memorial Union, State Street shops and Madison’s vibrant Capitol Square, Lowell Center offers hotel accommodations—including comfortable guest rooms, an updated fitness center, inviting outdoor patios and the area’s largest indoor pool. Guests enjoy standard amenities like Keurig® coffee makers, mini refrigerators, Bath & Body Works® toiletries, flat screen TVs, complimentary wireless access, and the area’s most comfortable beds.

  • 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.

  • 8. After SOAR

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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