January SOAR for Parents & Families

The Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) is committed to providing you with the necessary support 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.  For these reasons, we offer online SOAR content for parents and families of incoming students. Please have your student add your contact information on their SOAR reservation to receive all our upcoming communications about being a family member of a new Badger!

Nevertheless, we encourage you to look at your interactions with your student in a different way. You will move from being the primary caregiver and decision-maker to being more of a mentor or coach. We know for many families this is a significant change, and CFYE will help you find the resources to navigate this transition.

SOAR Parent & Family Orientation Website

Starting January 5, parents and family members will receive access to our free SOAR Parent & Family Orientation. This comprehensive resource website will provide you with the information and resources you need to support your students during their university transition and beyond. In the meantime, please have your student add your contact information on Step 4 of their SOAR reservation.

Parents & family members can engage with this site at their own pace throughout January. We also strongly encourage students to learn alongside their family using this site!

The link to the SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website will be posted on January 5, 2021.


Screenshot of the SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website homepage.

For the purposes of our program, “parent and family” includes, but is not limited to: parents, stepparents, extended family members, chosen family members, foster parents, and legal guardians.