The Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program is an exciting part of the year for CCAS. Each summer and winter we meet with approximately a third of all incoming students. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all wondering, “Which major is right for me?”

Students begin to explore this question, and many others, with their professional advisors and peer advisors at SOAR. During SOAR you will:

• meet one-on-one with a professional advisor
• review your placement test scores
• discuss AP, transfer, and other credits you’re bringing in
• learn how to search for, choose, and enroll in classes
• discover how your classes and credits meet degree requirements
• learn how to make changes to your schedule
• get answers to your questions about academics and life on campus
• get assigned to an academic advisor

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How do I know if CCAS is the right place for me at SOAR?

CCAS is the advising home of many different students. You might find CCAS to be your best advising option if you:

• are exploring many major and academic options
• are interested in a few majors across different schools or colleges
• are still figuring out where your interests lie
• are planning to apply to a limited-enrollment program on campus
• are planning to apply to the College of Engineering as a cross-campus student

Where can I learn more about what happens at SOAR?

Check the SOAR website for useful information to help you prepare for your SOAR experience.

SOAR in 2021 will be held virtually, and students will have the opportunity to meet with a highly trained peer advisor, as well as a professional academic advisor.

How do I reach my advisor after SOAR?

SOAR is just your first interaction with CCAS – we want to continue to see and hear from you during your time at UW-Madison! And we know that sometimes after SOAR, more questions come up, or there are changes that you’d like to discuss with your advisor. Here’s how to connect with your advisor after SOAR:

•Contact the CCAS main office at
• Email your assigned advisor with quick questions. Your advisor is listed in your MyUW tab, and you can also find your advisor’s contact information on our Meet Our Staff page.

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