SOAR FAQs

General Program Questions

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What will happen during the online SOAR program for students?

There are two components to SOAR: Academic Advising & Course Enrollment and Student Life & Transition. The content of the SOAR program is designed to help you have a successful transition as a new Badger based on these themes.

The SOAR program consists of the following:

  • Completing several important tasks before your session week
  • Attending a Virtual SOAR Welcome Meeting to start your session experience
  • Having an individual video or audio meeting with a professional academic advisor
  • Enrolling in your Fall courses
  • Enrichment content and live events focused on student life & transition

Will there be any in-person options for SOAR this summer?

No, the entire SOAR program will be delivered online.

Will there be a fee for SOAR if it's online?

No, the cost of the online SOAR program for both students and their families will be included in the New Student Fee which will be charged on the student’s first-semester tuition bill.

How much of a time commitment will the online SOAR program be?

There are times when you must complete required tasks in a timely manner and attend live meetings during your session week. You do not have to dedicate all your time to SOAR during your session week. Go to our SOAR Program Overview page for a full list of tasks and time commitments for the SOAR program. You will also schedule an appointment time with your SOAR advising group that works for you based on your schedule.

Beyond your session week, your time spent engaging with our Student Life & Transition content and SOAR Live events is up to you! We encourage students to participate in SOAR events and connection opportunities throughout the summer to connect with their Badger community and learn key information to prepare for their first semester.

Which of my emails will SOAR communications go to?

You may receive some initial communications to the email you used to apply to UW-Madison. For this reason, we ask students to activate their Wiscmail account (@wisc.edu) once they pay their enrollment deposit. Most information from university offices is sent to this account. To access your Wiscmail account, go to the MyUW homepage and click the Email tile. You can also change your preferred email in your Student Center through MyUW using this step-by-step instruction page

If you feel that you are not getting SOAR communications, be sure to do the following:

  • Check your SOAR reservation to ensure all emails are correct (e.g. no misspellings, incorrect punctuation, etc.)
  • Check the junk, spam, and deleted folders of your personal email you used to apply to UW-Madison and Wiscmail account.
  • If you need any help with your Wiscmail at any point, it is best to contact the DoIT Help Desk for help.

If you already have an active NetID and have accepted your admission, you may need to activate IT Services in order to access your @wisc.edu email account.  You can activate missing IT Services by following the instructions on the NetID – Activate Missing Services page.

Note:  Your IT Services may take up to 24 hours to activate. You will need to wait 24 hours before you attempt to login to your newly activated Office 365 email account.

If you have not yet activated your NetID, Use the instructions on the NetID – Activating Your Account page to complete the activation process.

Will this be an interactive experience? Will students have the chance to connect with other incoming students?

Yes! We understand the value of connecting current students to each other as they make their transition to UW-Madison and start building their Badger community. New students and their families will be able to connect with SOAR New Student Leaders (NSLs) and UW-Madison staff throughout the summer about campus, different aspects of college life, and any questions you have in an open and honest way. We have a calendar of live events, small group meetings, and question-and-answer opportunities available for you to connect with current and incoming Badgers. 

What do I have to do before my SOAR session?

Review our Placement Testing and Tasks Before your Session sections of our SOAR Program Overview page to see a full list of tasks you must complete before your SOAR session. For a list of task deadlines based on your session week, review the Due Dates section of the SOAR Program Overview page.

Is the online SOAR content able to be completed on a phone or tablet?

The SOAR registration process is mobile friendly and all SOAR program content is viewable on a mobile device. However, there are portions of the program which are best to complete on a desktop or laptop, if possible.

What is the Virtual SOAR Welcome Meeting? When does it happen during my session?

All students are required to attend this synchronous online event at the start of their SOAR session week. This event is for students-only and will take place the Monday of your session week from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST via Zoom. Zoom login information will be provided via email before your session week.

During your SOAR Virtual Welcome Meeting, you will:
  • Be welcomed by University Leadership,
  • Hear updates about the fall semester,
  • Review the SOAR program requirements & expectations, and
  • Learn more about life in the Badger community

What is my New Student Leader Small Group Meeting?

You will have an opportunity to virtually meet with small group of students led by a SOAR New Student Leader (NSL) on Zoom. This is a unique aspect of the program where you will:

  • Talk about what it is like to be a student at UW-Madison;
  • Connect with other incoming students in your session week; and
  • Ask questions to current students in an open and honest way.

The week before your session, you will receive an email invitation from our New Student Leader team with the date, time, and Zoom login information for your NSL small group meeting. We highly encourage you to attend an NSL small group meeting to start building your Badger community!

Note: Your NSL Small Group Meeting is different from any Peer Advising meetings you may have with your advising group. Please refer to your email communication from your advising group and SOAR Academic Advising Canvas course for more information about your SOAR advising requirements.

SOAR Sign-Up

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How do I sign up for SOAR?

To be able to access the SOAR reservation system, you must have accepted your admission offer for the summer/Fall 2021 semester in MyUW. Check your Admitted Student Checklist for instructions on that process. Review our Signing Up for SOAR page for more information and a link to our reservation system.

If I need to change or update my SOAR reservation, how can I do that?

You can go into the SOAR reservation system at any time and update your information. Any changes to your SOAR reservation must be made at least 8 days before your SOAR session. Our SOAR office staff are happy to help if you have any questions.

What SOAR dates will be available for this summer?

The SOAR reservation system is the only way to see what SOAR program options are available to you.

Will choosing a later SOAR session affect my ability to enroll in the courses I need?

No, you will finish SOAR with a full schedule of classes that fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. University administration officials closely monitor course enrollment throughout to ensure a maximum number of options for all incoming students.

In general, very popular courses and popular dates and times may not always be available, but students can work with their academic advising team to see if and when they may be offered in a future semester. We encourage students to keep an open mind and be open to different possibilities.

Advisors will work directly with students if they have concerns or issues with course access. We are committed to student access to courses that are needed for graduation, and there are a lot of interchangeable parts in the first four semesters. Advisors will work with students to make a schedule that works for them.

I can’t access the SOAR reservation system. Why is this happening?

The most common reason is that you have not yet paid your enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, or your payment has not finished processing. Paying your enrollment deposit is the way students confirm their intention to attend UW-Madison and authorizes them to access our reservation system. If you have not accepted your admission offer, please refer to the instructions in your Admitted Student Checklist from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Please note: It can take up to 48 hours after payment for the University to process your deposit. If it has been more than 48 hours after paying your enrollment deposit and you cannot access the SOAR reservation system, please contact the SOAR office.

Deferred students: Students who deferred their admission to Fall 2021 from a previous semester should contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment to check their admission status. You must confirm with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment that you intend to start UW-Madison courses in Spring 2021 so they can activate you for the Fall 2021 term. This must be done before you will be eligible to make a SOAR reservation. 

Reentry/readmitted students: If you are entering the Fall 2021 semester as a reentry student, you will not go through the SOAR program and will be unable to access the reservation system. Your next steps are to:

The reservation system says there are no SOAR options available for me. Why is this happening?

The availability of specific SOAR session weeks depends on a variety of factors. If you receive this error message, please contact the SOAR office and we will help you complete your reservation.

I am considering deferring my enrollment to a future semester. Should I still register for SOAR this summer?

If you are considering deferring your enrollment, please thoroughly review the Office of Admissions’ Deferred Enrollment information page. Please contact the Office of Admissions as soon as possible to discuss your options. 

The reservation system says that Step 8 (Select Your SOAR Session) is locked. How can I fix this?

The most likely cause is that you have an uncompleted prior step on your reservation. To ensure you have all steps completed, go into your SOAR reservation and click MyUW SOAR Reservations in the top left corner. This will take you to the dashboard for your SOAR reservation and all the steps you have completed so far.

myuw SOAR reservations button

To unlock the step, Steps 1-7 need to have a green checkmark showing on your dashboard (see picture below for reference). If you do not have a green checkmark on a certain step, here’s what to do:

  • Click that step’s Edit button
  • Enter the necessary information or complete the action needed for the step
  • Click Save and continue. You should now have a green checkmark.
  • Click MyUW SOAR Reservations again to verify that Step 8 is now unlocked.

If you have full green checkmarks on Steps 1-7 and Step 8 is still locked, please send us the following at soar@studentlife.wisc.edu:

  • Your name
  • 10-digit UW-Madison Campus ID number
  • A screenshot of your MyUW SOAR Reservation dashboard

MyUW SOAR Reservation dashbaord screen showing greencheckmarks for Steps 1-7

I’m part of the Wisconsin Experience Summer Launch (WESL) program. Will SOAR overlap with my class responsibilities this summer?

Students in the WESL program will know all their class requirements in advance. This will allow WESL students to schedule their SOAR requirements around their class commitments. If you have additional questions about the WESL program, please contact the WESL staff at WIExpSummerLaunch@wisc.edu

Placement Testing & Other Exams

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How do I register for placement testing and when can I take them?

All placement testing will be completed online. Please review the information below based on your required placement tests:

UW System Placement Tests: Math, English, and World Languages (Spanish, French, and German):

  1. Go to go.wisc.edu/uw_testing.
  2. At the top of the page, click the hyperlinked text: “registration form for Fall 2021 students”*
  3. You will then be on a page titled Regional Testing 2021. At the bottom of that page, click the hyperlinked text: “registration form”
  4. The registration form will then load onto the page. Fill out and submit the form to register!

*You must log in to this registration page using your UW-Madison NetID and password. If you’ve activated your NetID but have forgotten your NetID password, you can reset it online with the NetID Password Reset Tool. If you have forgotten your NetID, you can recover it using the self-service NetID Recovery Tool.

After registering, you will receive an email from candidatesupport@scantron.com with a password and instructions to access the Scantron online placement testing system within two business days. You will then select the placement tests to take in the Scantron testing portal.

ESLAT (English as a Second Language Assessment Test)

You will complete the test in Canvas, the University’s learning management system, and no registration is needed. After you pay your enrollment deposit AND activate your NetID services, you will see the ESLAT exam appear within your UW Canvas dashboard by the following Monday. If you are required to take the ESLAT, please do not take the UW System English test.

When do I need to complete my placement testing?

Students must complete all their required placement testing at least 2 weeks before their SOAR program. Failure to complete all your required placement testing on time may result in your inability to enroll in all your courses during SOAR.

Is there any cost for taking placement tests?

No. The UW System is offering a free online placement testing process for incoming summer/Fall 2021 students!

Why am I required to take placement testing?

Placement tests are how academic advisors learn about your skills and help you choose courses at the correct level in each subject. Placement testing requirements also vary depending on your student type. 

Freshman Students

Math & English: Freshmen are required to take a math placement test and an English placement test (UW System or ESLAT), regardless of previous coursework or credit-bearing exams, such as: AP, IB, CLEP, and CAPP credit. You will should have received an email from the Office of Admissions & Recruitment with additional information about the test(s) that you are required to take.

World Languages: Freshmen are strongly encouraged to test in the world language they studied in high school if you plan to continue in the language you studied. If you plan to continue in studying French, German or Spanish and you already have experience with the language, you must take a placement test in that language to qualify and enroll in classes beyond the introductory level language course. More information on placement into language courses, including languages other than French, German and Spanish, can be found on the UW-Madison Languages Placement Procedures page. Be sure to review the UW Guide to determine your degree requirements for world language and consult with your advisor at SOAR.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are informed which placement tests they are required to take via email by the Office of the Registrar. Information about which tests are required is need also available at the bottom of your Transfer Credit Evaluation, located in your Student Center in MyUW. If you have any questions regarding your placement testing requirement(s), please contact Credit Evaluation Services at crediteval@registrar.wisc.edu.

International Students

Students who were required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS will take the English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT) instead of the UW System English placement test. The ESLAT is used to assess students’ English language skills required for academic work and to place students in appropriate ESL courses. Visit the English as a Second Language office website for more information about the ESLAT.

How do I know if I should take a World Language placement test?

Students who plan to take a language course above the introductory level at UW-Madison must take a placement test in that language. Additionally, many programs have a world language requirement. Be sure to review the UW Guide to determine your degree requirements for world language and consult with your advisor during SOAR.

Spanish, French, and German placement tests: These tests are offered by the UW System and are in the same online testing portal as the Math and English tests. Go to go.wisc.edu/uw_testing if you still need to register. Freshman are strongly encouraged to test in the world language they studied in high school or have previous experience with, even if they have anticipated AP test credit. Previous experience may include native speakers and those who have previous coursework in the language. 

Other World Languages: If you are interested in taking a course in world language other than Spanish, French, or German, visit the UW-Madison Languages Placement Procedures page for more information. 

Am I required to take one or more of the World Language placement tests: Spanish, French, or German even if I have anticipated AP credit?

Freshman are strongly encouraged to test in the world language they studied in high school, even if they have anticipated AP test credit. Freshman who have previous experience in Spanish, French, or German and who plan to take coursework in this language at UW–Madison, must take a placement test in that language to qualify and enroll in classes beyond the entry level language course. Previous experience may include native speakers and those who have previous coursework in the language. 

If you are interested in taking a course in world language other than Spanish, French, or German, visit the UW-Madison Languages Placement Procedures page for more information. Additionally, many programs have a world language requirement. Be sure to review the UW Guide to determine your degree requirements for world language and consult with your advisor during SOAR.

How are AP, IB, A-Level, and other credit-bearing exam scores handled?

If you took AP tests, you may be granted credit for UW–Madison courses depending on the score(s). If your scores are not yet available when you participate in SOAR, your advisor will help you make contingency plans based on your predicted scores. You will also receive instructions on what to do next if you are waiting on an AP score that impacts their course enrollment.

International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Level (A-Level) students may be awarded either a diploma or course certificate to reflect their standard of work. The results will be based around students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programs. When you meet with an academic advisor as part of SOAR, they will share how all your credits and exams will transfer. 

You can find more information about how these exam credits transfer on the Credit By Exam page on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

What if I cannot complete my placement tests on time?

All students are expected to complete their placement testing at least 2 weeks before their SOAR session week. Failure to complete the test may result in an inability to register for all your Fall courses. If you still cannot complete your placement testing on time, please contact the SOAR Office to discuss your situation.

Advising & Enrollment

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How will I enroll for my classes since SOAR is online?

During the SOAR advising process, students will learn the information they need to successfully enroll in their first semester courses. All students will receive a full schedule that counts towards their degree requirements after they finish SOAR.

The SOAR advising process includes: 

  • Completing the Preparing for SOAR module in MyUW
  • Your required SOAR Advising Canvas course (based on your academic interests)
  • Attending a Virtual SOAR Welcome Meeting to start your session experience 
  • An academic advising appointment with a professional advisor 
  • Any consultations with key departments (if needed)

We are committed to providing every student at least one individual appointment with an academic advisor to discuss what they learned in Canvas and ask questions about course selection and the enrollment process. Advising staff will be available throughout the summer to assist students with the enrollment process. In addition, campus has worked over the past several years to make our enrollment tools easy to use and user friendly. 

How will I/my student be able to meet with a SOAR advisor?

We are committed to providing all incoming students the opportunity to meet with an individual video or audio professional academic advisor within their SOAR advising group before enrolling in courses. You will receive instructions for scheduling your advising appointment(s) the week before to your SOAR session. You will work with your SOAR advising group to schedule an appointment time that works for you. Make sure you complete all your SOAR tasks on time.

I’m thinking of double-majoring between schools/colleges. How will this work for SOAR advising?

In some cases you can do this and some cases you cannot, as it depends on the policies of each school/college. For SOAR, you should work with the advising group which matches your “primary” academic interest. If you are equally interested in both majors, you should work with Cross-College Advising Service to start. The SOAR reservation process and Preparing for SOAR module will also help you identify the advising group that best matches your academic interests and career goals. 

What are the required courses for freshmen students?

There is no common curriculum for your student’s first at UW–Madison. It depends on your student’s major and degree program. Course selection is individualized and based on student interests, intended major, placement scores, and more. Students can explore semester by semester plans by major and degree program in the UW Guide

Your advisor will let you know if you have to take a particular course sooner rather than later, and there is no single “ideal” schedule. It’s hard to go wrong, especially in your first semester since all majors have room for some exploration.

How much time do I need to dedicate to my SOAR advising process?

Go to our SOAR Program Overview page for a full list of tasks and time commitments for the SOAR program. You do not have to dedicate all your time to SOAR during your session week. There are times when you must complete required tasks in a timely manner and attend live meetings during your session week. 

Are advisors available early in the morning and evening to accommodate time zone differences?

We understand the SOAR program serves students in multiple time zones and our SOAR advising groups strive to accommodate students in their home time zones whenever possible. 

SOAR advising appointments will generally take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Please plan to have flexible availability for these timeframes during your session week to complete your required SOAR advising and enrollment tasks. You will work with your SOAR advising group to schedule an advising appointment time that works for you based on your schedule.

How will I be able to get into the courses they need?

You will finish SOAR with a full schedule of classes that fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. The University closely monitors course enrollment and availability. Very popular courses and popular dates and times may not always be available, but students can work with their academic advising team to see if and when they may be offered in a future semester. We encourage students to keep an open mind and be open to different possibilities.

Advisors will work directly with students if they have concerns or issues with course access. We are committed to student access to courses that are needed for graduation, but there are a lot of interchangeable parts in the first four semesters. Advisors will work with students to make a schedule that works for them.

How many credits are recommended for a new student?

Generally, around 15 credits per semester is recommended, but this is a very individual decision, and some students will select a schedule with slightly more or fewer credits than 15. 

1 credit typically equals 1 hour of instruction and 2 hours of work outside class each week.

Advisors will help students consider many circumstances in determining appropriate credit load, including obligations, jobs, course combinations, and their previous academic experience.

Why do I have a hold on my account from SOAR?

All incoming students have one Fall enrollment hold called ‘SOAR Advising Required’ that will be released after completing the SOAR program. During your advising meeting, your academic advisor will explain when your SOAR Advising hold will be removed and when you can begin enrolling in your fall courses.

I need help enrolling in courses. Who can I contact for help?

If you have already met with an academic advisor, please refer to your SOAR Academic Advising Canvas course or contact your SOAR advising group for help with course enrollment

Preparing for SOAR Module

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What is the Preparing for SOAR module?

In this brief module, you will:

  • Learn important information about SOAR advising groups;
  • Confirm your final SOAR advising group; and
  • Provide your SOAR advisors with more information about your academic experiences. 

Completing this task is essential to receive access to your SOAR Academic Advising course and ensure your SOAR advisors are equipped with all the information necessary to help you plan for your first-semester courses.

How do I access Preparing for SOAR?

You can access the module using this Preparing for SOAR link or by searching ‘Preparing for SOAR’ in the MyUW search bar. You must have an active SOAR reservation before you can complete the Preparing for SOAR module. You will also get a reminder email two weeks before your session week with instructions for accessing the Preparing for SOAR module.

It is very important that you complete Preparing for SOAR on time to avoid delays in your SOAR advising experience. Review the Due Dates section of the SOAR Program Overview page for your session week’s deadline.

When do I need to complete the Preparing for SOAR module?

Review the Due Dates section of the SOAR Program Overview page for your session week’s deadline. It is very important that you complete Preparing for SOAR on time. If you do not complete Preparing for SOAR by your session’s deadline, you will not receive access to your SOAR Academic Advising course on time and may experience delays in your advising and enrollment process.

I have already sent my AP/IB scores and/or transcripts to UW-Madison. Do I still need to self-report all my test scores and credit in Preparing for SOAR?

Freshman students: You are encouraged to self-report as much information as you can in Preparing for SOAR in case there are any delays in processing your AB/IB scores or transfer credits. 

Transfer students: You are strongly encouraged to self-report all AP and IB scores you have earned in the Preparing for SOAR module. You may skip the Transfer Courses step, as that information will be reflected in your Transfer Credit Evaluation in MyUW Student Center. If you are currently taking college-level courses, don’t forget also to do the following:

  • Submit your final transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment; and
  • Self-report your final grades for those courses when prompted by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

What should I do if I have trouble completing Preparing for SOAR?

If you have any problems with the module, we recommend trying the following: 

  • Use a different browser or a private/incognito window. Google Chrome and Firefox work best.
  • Clearing your browser cache may also help solve any problems with completing Preparing for SOAR as well. Follow these instructions from our DoIT Help Desk if you need help with that process: Clearing Your Browser Cache and Cookies

If you still encounter issues with the module or have any questions, please contact the SOAR office for help.

I am a transfer students. Do I need to self-report all my transfer courses?

No. Transfer students can skip that step in Preparing for SOAR.

SOAR Canvas Courses

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How do I access the SOAR Canvas courses?

You will use your UW Canvas dashboard to access your SOAR Canvas courses. You should have access to both your SOAR Academic Advising course (based on your advising group) and the SOAR Student Life & Transition course the week before your SOAR session.

Please note: You must have completed the Preparing for SOAR module before you can get access to the SOAR Canvas content.

What content in the SOAR Academic Advising course is required before my session?

You must complete Steps 1-4 by the Sunday before your session week at 11:59 p.m. CST. To complete Step 4, you must submit the Acknowledgement Check at the end. Review the Due Dates section of our SOAR Program Overview page to see the exact deadline for your session week.

For more information, go to our Completing SOAR Canvas Courses page.

Who can I contact if I have trouble completing my SOAR Canvas courses?

Academic Advising course: Your SOAR Academic Advising course has the contact information for your SOAR advising group. The staff in your SOAR advising group are happy to help if you have any questions or problems finishing your advising course. If you cannot find the contact information for your advising group, contact the SOAR office and we will help direct you.

Student Life & Transition course: Contact the SOAR office if you experience any problems with completing the Student Life & Transition course.

How much time will my SOAR Academic Advising course take?

The amount of content in your SOAR Academic Advising course varies across our advising groups. In the course, your advising group will connect you with important academic information while guiding you through the course selection process. You will be able to complete this course at your own pace and you do not have to complete it all in one sitting. Please remember to also complete Steps 1-4 of your SOAR Academic Advising course by your session week’s deadline

Is the SOAR Student Life & Transition required?

We highly recommend all students review the course for important information regarding becoming a Badger. Students can experience the course at their own pace, at their own time. Completion is not required to enroll in courses or to complete the SOAR program.

The Student Life & Transition course pages are not being marked as complete even though I reviewed all the content. Why is this happening?

There is no issue or problem! Since this course’s content is optional and can be completed in any order, there will be no green check marks to indicate completion. 

Parents & Families

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Is there an online SOAR option for parents & family members of incoming students?

Yes! We offer a separate online SOAR Parent & Family content. More information is on our SOAR for Parents & Families page. We are committed to providing you with the necessary support and resources to help facilitate a successful transition for your student. We recognize that you play a central role in your student’s life and that you will continue to be a source of guidance and support during your student’s college years. Our program strives to empower parents/family members/supporters to learn more about campus resources and support networks to help their students succeed.

If you have an adult family member or supporter that would want to receive our parent & family content, please add their information on Step 4 of your SOAR reservation.

Will the Parent & Family Orientation program consist of live events and self-paced content like the student program?

Yes! We offer a comprehensive SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website, a calendar of live & recorded online events, and the opportunity to virtually connect with SOAR New Student Leaders. Parents and family members of incoming students can engage with these opportunities at their own pace throughout the summer. Please have your student add your contact information on their SOAR reservation to receive all our upcoming communications about SOAR too. More information will be posted on our SOAR for Parents & Families page.

Accessibility

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I need to register for courses as early to ensure accommodations due to disability are in place by Fall. What should I do?

We are collaborating with our partners in the McBurney Disability Resource Center to ensure the best options for students needing early course registration. If you anticipate needing accommodations for your courses this fall, please start the McBurney intake process.

Are accommodations available for my advising appointment and virtual SOAR events?

We value disability as an aspect of diversity and want to ensure that you are able to complete SOAR requirements and fully participate in our programming. SOAR staff members are happy to assist you and your family members with needs you may have due to a permanent or temporary disability or condition. 

Confidentiality: The SOAR Program takes the confidentiality of student records very seriously. Disability accommodation information will only be shared with staff members on a need-to-know basis. Requesting accommodations will NOT affect your admission, advising experience, or course selection.

More information requesting accommodations for placement testing, the SOAR program, and the academic year (all of which are separate processes) is on our Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities page.

How do I request accommodations for placement testing and/or the academic year?

These are separate processes. Visit our Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities page for more information.

SOAR Live

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Where will I be able to see a list of all the SOAR Live events this summer?

Our SOAR Live page has more information and a link to the full calendar of opportunities we are offering throughout the summer! We are excited to offer a wide variety of events for our incoming Badgers and their families.

What types of panels and information sessions can be expected?

We are hosting a variety of events that cover key aspects of campus life. Our calendar of online webinars and open forums are based on a variety of themes:

  • Academics
  • Campus Traditions
  • Finding Your Space at UW
  • Transitioning to UW
  • Wellness
  • Family Fridays

More information is available on our SOAR Live page

Will I have to register for SOAR Live events?

No registration is required. All our SOAR Live events are hosted and recorded on our Center for the First-Year Experience Instagram account: @uwnewstudent

What times will SOAR Live events happen?

All event times are listed on our SOAR Live event calendar and will be displayed in Central Time. We offer SOAR Live events Tuesday-Friday each week.

Can I watch a recording of a SOAR Live event if I can't watch live?

Yes! All our SOAR Live events are hosted and recorded on our Center for the First-Year Experience Instagram account: @uwnewstudent

Other Campus-Related Questions

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Since SOAR is online, what will the Fall semester look like?

Most summer 2021 courses will continue to be remote, with some in-person courses available. The university is planning to return to primarily in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester. For the most up-to-date information about UW-Madison’s COVID-19 response plans, please visit the UW-Madison COVID-19 Response website.

Will there be any other opportunities to see campus before the Fall semester?

Consider joining us at Badger Jumpstart! More information about this optional program is at www.new student.wisc.edu/badgerjumpstart

Campus and Visitor Relations also offer self-guided tours and virtual tours if you are interested in seeing campus and unable to attend Badger Jumpstart.

How is campus responding to COVID-19?

For the most up-to-date information about UW-Madison’s plans addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the UW-Madison COVID-19 Response website. If you have any questions about these plans, you can email campus leadership at covidresponse@vc.wisc.edu or use the Ask Bucky service.

How do I access the New Student To-Do List? (Incoming freshman only)

Domestic and international freshman students should have the New Student To-Do List app pre-loaded onto their MyUW home screen. If it does not appear automatically, you can search for the app in MyUW or use todo.newstudent.wisc.edu.

Should I still do tasks in my New Student To-do List? (Incoming Freshman only)

Yes, the New Student To-Do List is the broad list of tasks you must complete before you arrive on campus in the Fall. SOAR is just one part of your task list!

When will Fall move-in happen?

Fall move-in will take place from August 30 – September 2, 2021. All information regarding Fall 2021 Move-In is available on the University Housing Moving & Breaks page. Visit the University Housing Contact page for all questions about on-campus living. 

Are there virtual campus tour options available?

The Office of Admissions offers a virtual campus tour website designed to showcase the wide array of opportunities, programs, and services that our campus can offer you. Admissions is also hosting Virtual Information sessions and events for admitted students to learn more about our university throughout the summer. Recordings of previous Virtual Information sessions are also available.

Will there be any in-person programming in the Fall to help students get acclimated to campus?

In the coming months, we will share more information about what Wisconsin Welcome will look like to help students connect to campus resources, explore campus and Madison, and build community with fellow students.