Parent and Guest Program Information

Student and parents discuss SOAR schedule

First-year undergraduate Brian Hedberg (L) of Minneapolis, and his parents, Jenny and Tom Hedberg, stop to review Brian's academic course schedule one last time during a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) campus resource fair
Credit: University Communications

There is a separate concurrent SOAR Program for parents and guests. We encourage new students to bring up to two parents or adult guests to the SOAR Parent and Guest Program. Parents and guests will be better able to support students through this transition by learning about the university.

Discuss the transition process
The transition to college affects new students and their families alike. University staff members and current students will share strategies that will help you be a source of support for your student.

Learn about UW–Madison academics and campus life
Faculty, staff, and students will present information on services and issues such as health, safety, financial planning, academic and social support services, campus housing, and transition.

Parents/guests will learn about the academic structure of UW-Madison and about how the advising and enrollment process works.  However, students will meet with an advisor and enroll for classes on their own, with the guidance of campus advisors.  Years of experience with the SOAR Program has demonstrated the importance of giving new students a taste of independence in decision-making prior to beginning classes at UW-Madison.  We encourage new students to begin forming independent relationships with advisors, fellow students, and faculty members.

Take a campus tour
New Student Leaders will lead tours designed especially for new students and their parents/guests.

Meet other parents/guests
Parents and guests from all over the world attend the SOAR Program. Past SOAR parents/guests have found it helpful and reassuring to talk with others in the same situation.

*This program is designed for adults. Younger children are discouraged from attending.