Parent & Family Orientation

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

We are excited to announce the launch of the online SOAR Program for parents and family members of new Badgers!  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!

Go to SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website

We will publish versions of this website translated into Spanish and Chinese by mid-July.

Screenshot of the SOAR Parent & Family Orientation website homepage.

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.