Student Program

SOAR stands for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration. At SOAR, you will begin your transition to UW–Madison by learning about academic advising, degree requirements, student life, and campus resources. You will also enroll in your first-semester courses. SOAR is just one component of your transition to UW–Madison. The Center for the First-Year Experience offers many opportunities throughout your first year.

The SOAR Program offers the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to the array of academic and social opportunities at UW–Madison.
  • Begin to integrate into university life and UW–Madison culture.
  • Think about what you would like your Wisconsin Experience to be.
  • Gain an understanding of university policies, procedures, and processes.

Your SOAR experience will center around two important themes: Academic Advising and Student Life. The content of each theme will be designed to help you have a successful transition as a new Badger. The SOAR program is supported by Canvas, the University’s learning management system. UW-Madison faculty use Canvas for your courses, so SOAR will also an opportunity for you to get comfortable using the system before classes begin. We can’t wait to meet you this summer!

Understanding SOAR & Getting Started

Have you already signed up for SOAR? Please check out our Understanding SOAR & Getting Started page to receive a full outline of your SOAR experience and learn your next steps.

Start your SOAR Experience