Summer SOAR Program (Summer and Fall 2021 Students)

SOAR stands for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration and is coordinated by the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE). SOAR provides 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.

Summer & Fall 2021 admitted students will be able to start exploring the SOAR reservation system on Monday, February 1, 2021. During this time, you will be able to enter all your personal information for your SOAR reservation. SOAR session date selection will open in late April 2021.

More information about the Summer SOAR program for Fall 2021 admitted students will be posted in the coming months. In the meantime, review this page to learn more about the SOAR process!

Tasks before SOAR

Wondering what to do in the meantime? Before making your SOAR reservation later this Fall, there will be several tasks you must complete to prepare for your orientation. Please review these initial pre-SOAR tasks below to start preparing! More tasks will be posted in the coming months.

1) Complete Your Admissions Checklists

The Office of Admissions requires specific tasks for all incoming students after they are admitted. You will need to complete both your Admissions checklists as an Applicant and Admitted Student before making your SOAR reservation. Be sure to check your email(s) often for important information from the University, and keep track of the following information:

  • Your 10-digit UW-Madison Campus ID number
  • Your deadlines for enrollment confirmation, financial aid, final transcripts, and housing

2) Explore your Academic Options

During your SOAR reservation process, you will select the advising group that best matches your academic interests and goals. You will work with the advisors in your group to:

  • Learn more about the requirements for earning a UW-Madison degree.
  • Explore your academic options
  • Strategically choose courses based on your academic experiences and goals.
  • Enroll in your first semester classes.

Please review the two resources below to help you choose your SOAR advising group!

3) Understand your placement testing requirements

Placement testing registration for summer & fall 2021 students will open on February 1, 2021. In order to participate in the SOAR program, students who are required to take a placement test(s) must complete their placement test(s) at least 2 weeks before their SOAR session. Placement test scores help academic advisors learn about your skills and help you choose courses at the correct level in each subject. Placement testing requirements vary between student types (freshman, transfer, and international). In the meantime, click the button below to review our Placement Testing Information page to understand UW-Madison testing requirements.

Go to Placement Testing Information

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