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Advisors help you find the resources and tools that enable you to explore, define, and accomplish your academic, personal and career goals.

  • Academic advisors support you in making choices about course enrollment and understanding and interpreting degree requirements and policies.
  • Career advisors help you explore business careers, assist you with finding internship and full-time job opportunities and evaluate job offers.
  • Study abroad advisors serve as a resource as you are exploring, preparing for, and reintegrating from international experiences.
  • Leadership and Involvement advisors help you find opportunities to cultivate your leadership potential in tangible ways.

We will begin partnering with you as a pre-business student when you attend SOAR or contact the Wisconsin BBA for advising. All pre-business students will be assigned several pre-business advisors who will support them as they work to gain admission to the Wisconsin School of Business. Admitted business students and CIB students will be assigned a team of academic and career advisors based on their declared major(s) for specialized information and assistance. Study abroad and leadership and involvement advisors are available to support you throughout your journey as you consider co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.

The Wisconsin BBA program looks forward to partnering with you throughout your undergraduate experience, to support your professional and personal development along the way.

Wisconsin BBA Advising Center

3150 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-0471
Fax: 608-265-6041

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Academic Advising Option During The Summer

Pre-Business Students: Email prebusadvising@bus.wisc.edu with questions or use Scheduling Assistant to set up an appointment. 

Admitted BBA Students:  Email your academic advisor with questions or use Scheduling Assistant to set up an appointment.

Academic Advising Options During The Academic Year

Drop-in Peer Advising for pre-business and admitted BBA students is for current or next semester course enrollment and questions that will take less than 10 minutes.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Scheduled 30-minute appointments should be utilized for topics such as major exploration, planning future semesters, preparing for study abroad, difficulties with courses, non-academic factors affecting academics and circumstances that will take longer than 10 minutes. 

  • Pre-Business Students: Use Scheduling Assistant to make an appointment with Randy Gentile, Karen Thomas, or Pahoua Xiong. Instructions for scheduling appointments can be found at here
  • Admitted BBA students: Use Scheduling Assistant to make an appointment.  

    If you are unable to attend your appointment, please cancel via Scheduling Assistant by following these instructions

Email your advisor with quick, yes or no questions and be sure to use your @wisc.edu email account and include your campus ID number. 

  • Pre-Business Students: Email prebusadvising@bus.wisc.edu
  • Admitted BBA students: Email your advisor.  Your assigned advisor is listed in your Student Center.  Please do not ‘cc’ multiple advisors.   

How do I prepare for an advising appointment?

The advisors in the BBA Advising Center want to make the most of the time they spend with you during your advising appointment. Here are some tips to help with this:

  • When possible, anticipate your advising needs by scheduling an appointment early. This will allow you to get your questions answered prior to heavy traffic periods, reducing your wait time for an appointment or drop-in advising.
  • Bring a list of your questions or topics you wish to discuss to your advising appointment.
  • Academic advising is more than preparing your schedule for the upcoming semester. Feel free to discuss academic and non-academic matters with your advisor. To get the most out of your advising relationship, get to know your advisor and let your advisor get to know you.
  • Expect referrals to other campus resources from your advisor. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a large campus. Advisors may not be experts in all matters at the university, but they spend a considerable amount of time understanding the services on campus so they can make suitable referrals. Because advisors try to discuss more than course schedules with students, your advisor can be your resource to navigating the campus.
  • Review your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report and research degree and course requirements before the appointment. In general, advisors do not tell students which courses to take. Instead, they listen to choices students have made and provide feedback.

What is a DARS Report?

A DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report shows a student which courses they have taken as well as which courses they still need based on a particular major or plan. Students can request their own DARS Reports in their Student Center in MyUW. Instructions for running a DARS can be found here (pdf). For instructions on how to read the DARS report you requested, click here. Students may request a DARS report with multiple business majors by emailing their academic advisor or stopping by 3150 Grainger Hall.

More information about advising at UW-Madison can be found at: http://advising.wisc.edu/

Wisconsin BBA Advising Center

3150 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-262-0471
Fax: 608-265-6041

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Drop-In Advising Topics

Admitted business students can stop by the BBA Advising Center during drop-in advising to have quick career-related questions answered. Drop-in advising is great for questions concerning:

  • Résumés
  • Cover letters
  • BuckyNet
  • Career fair preparation

Drop-In Advising Hours:

During fall and spring semesters when classes are in session 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday

Scheduled Advising Appointment Topics

Admitted business, certificate in business, and business masters students may schedule appointments with their career advisor to discuss in-depth questions relating to these topics and more:

  • Career assessments and results
  • Exploring career options
  • Deciding on internship and job offers
  • Internship search strategies
  • Interviewing
  • Networking and informational interviewing
  • Job search strategies

Appointments can be scheduled online via BuckyNet.

How to Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

The career advisors in the BBA Advising Center look forward to assisting you with your career planning process! In order to maximize the effectiveness of your advising appointment, please come prepared by reviewing the following items in advance:

  • If you are having your résumé, cover letter, or job application materials reviewed by your advisor, please bring an updated copy of the necessary document(s) to your appointment. Review the résumé and cover letter information.
  • Make a list of the topics and questions you would like to discuss and bring this with you to your appointment. This will ensure all of your questions are addressed. Preparing for your appointment requires research ahead of time. Suggested links to view prior to your visit include:

    View the “Employers” and “Events” tabs in BuckyNet and utilize the resources listed on the BuckyNet homepage.

    If this is a follow-up appointment, evaluate any progress made on action steps previously discussed with your advisor.

  • Come prepared to listen, take notes, and ask questions that arise during your appointment.
  • Be sure to ask your advisor for more information on upcoming career- and major-related events. Stay connected in BuckyNet, on myBiz, on Facebook, and via Twitter!

    Remember, your career advisor is here to help answer your questions and guide you, but you are ultimately responsible for making your own career-related decisions and for seeing the process through.

International Programs Study Abroad Advising

3290 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-265-5017
Fax: 608-265-4190

Drop-In Advising

The BBA International Programs office offers drop-in peer advising for students just starting to think about study abroad. Peer advisors can talk with you 

  • Program selection
  • Application procedure
  • Planning resources
  • Budgeting

Hours: Monday through Wednesday 10:00 am—4:30 pm, Thursday 10:00 am—3:30 pm, and Friday 10:00 am—3:00 pm

Scheduled Advising Appointments

Prospective Study Abroad Students

If you have more in-depth questions after talking with a peer advisor, you may schedule a thirty-minute appointment with advisor Deedie Robinson. Deedie can help you with:

  • Program selection
  • Course equivalency questions
  • Scholarship availability and applications

Study Abroad Participants

Accepted and returned participants may schedule appointments with the study abroad pre-departure/participant advisor, Sarah Melin. Sarah can help you with:

Pre-departure logistics
  • applying to the host institution
  • visa and entry requirements
  • housing options
  • program course offerings and course equivalencies

Returned students

  • articulating your study abroad experience
  • cultural readjustment
  • staying involved in international activities on campus
  • volunteering with International Programs

Appointments can be scheduled online via Scheduling Assistant

 Sarah Melin  
Sarah Melin
Assistant Director

Deedie Robinson

How to Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

International Programs looks forward to working with you throughout your study abroad experience. In order to maximize the effectiveness of your advising appointment, please come prepared by reviewing the following items in advance:

Remember, International Programs is here to help you navigate the study abroad process and will provide timely information to guide you along the way; however, you are ultimately responsible for your study abroad experience.


Accenture Leadership Center

1250 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-262-8676

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Drop-In Advising

Admitted business, certificate in business, and pre-business students can stop by the Accenture Leadership Center for drop-in advising to have quick leadership and involvement questions answered.

For more information on the ALC, visit the ALC Certificate Page »

Student Leadership Consultants

Emily Strack Jow McKee Kelsey Eichman Suraj Kandukuri





Wisconsin BBA Advising

Comprehensive advising in one convenient location

Wisconsin BBA Advising Center

3150 Grainger Hall

Phone: 608-262-0471

Fax: 608-265-6041


Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kristin Determan

Kristin Determan

Director of Academic Advising & Affairs

Academic Advising

Katie Denzin Jackie Murray Emma Crawford
Katie Denzin

Associate Director of BBA Advising
Jackie Murray

Associate Director of BBA Advising

Emma Crawford

Academic Advisor

Hao Yuan Ariel Sorenson Maggie Nowicki
Hao Yuan

Academic Advisor
Ariel Sorenson

Academic Advisor
Maggie Nowicki

Academic Advisor

Career Advising

 Tara Milliken Kathleen Rause

Tara Milliken

Career Advisor

Kathleen Rause

Career Advisor

Pre-Business Advising

Randy Gentile Karen Thomas Pahoua Xiong

Randy Gentile

Pre-Business Advisor

Karen Thomas

Pre-Business Advisor

Pahoua Xiong

Pre-Business Advisor