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. For this reason, we offer a concurrent SOAR Parent & Family Orientation.
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. 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 parents this is a significant change, and CFYE will help you find the resources to navigate this transition.
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!
SOAR Parent & Family Orientation Website
To start, please visit our new SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website. Departments across campus have gathered the important information for you to know as you help your student transition to UW. that We encourage you to bookmark this site, as you are welcome to review the website at your own pace in your own order. We highly recommend you start with the information on the homepage.
Click the button below to visit our SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website! The SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website will be available until Friday, September 18.
Translated versions of the SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website are also available in Spanish and Chinese! Website translations were made possible by our partners in UW-Madison’s Cultural Linguistic Services office.
SOAR Live Events
We invite you to attend a wide array of events for you and your student throughout the summer! Our SOAR Live events will help you get to know campus and dive deeper into the content provided on the SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website.
Check out our full calendar of online webinars and open forums around a variety of themes. Our weekly Family Friday events are perfect for new Badger families and offered twice each Friday!
Looking for the perspective of a current student? Don't know where to go to find an answer? Schedule a virtual one-on-one session with one of our New Student Leaders.