Academic and Career Student Services
Academic and career advising is an integral part of undergraduate education. Advisors help students find the resources and tools that enable them to explore, define, and accomplish their academic and career goals. Students may consider working with several advisors depending on these goals. Each school, college, or program offers academic and career advising services. An academic advisor is assigned to each undergraduate student. Students who participate in special programs such as the Academic Advancement Proram (AAP), TRIO Student Support Services, honors, or athletics (to name a few) may also have auxiliary advisors. Students can check their advisor assignment(s) online through the Student Center information in My UW–Madison.
Regardless of how each school, college, or program organizes its academic or career advising services, advisors play a significant role in student success and retention. It is the student's responsibility to take advantage of advising services and associated resources. Advising offices have different preferences and procedures for communicating and setting up appointments.
Every student is assigned to one of the schools and colleges, depending on his or her major or program of interest. For students who are still deciding on a major, the Cross-College Advising Service is the primary academic advising resource. The Degree Audit Reporting System provides an automated summary of a student's degree progress.