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

We will begin partnering with you as a pre-business student when you attend SOAR or contact Undergraduate Academic Services for advising. All pre-business students will be assigned two pre-business advisors who will support you as you’re working 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.

Wisconsin BBA Advising Center

3150 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-0471
Fax: 608-265-6041
wibbaadvising@bus.wisc.edu
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Email

Academic advisors will send email correspondence to currently enrolled University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate students via their Wiscmail email account only. This is your net ID followed by "@wisc.edu." Students may continue to use other email accounts (Google, Hotmail, etc.) for personal email, but all university-related business must be conducted using their Wiscmail address. Students must make sure their preferred email address (in MyUW) is set to the Wiscmail email address. Questions regarding Wiscmail or MyUW should be directed to the DoIT Help Desk (608-264-HELP). We also strongly encourage all students to continually monitor the myBiz Blog for important information.

Students are encouraged to email their advisor with quick questions, i.e. questions with a “yes or no” answer. Please include your full name and student ID number in the body of the email. Advisors may ask students to come to drop-in advising or schedule an appointment for more detailed questions asked via email.

Advising for Pre-Business

Pre-Business Roadmap
Pre-Business Essentials Series

These sessions are offered to pre-business students in both the fall and spring semesters (content varies by semester). The Pre-Business Essentials sessions are a follow-up to SOAR and focus in more detail on the business curriculum, enrollment for the following semester, and academic planning topics like summer courses and studying abroad. Additionally, there is time for group questions and one-on-one Q&A at the end of the sessions. Click here to register.

Seeing an Academic Advisor

Pre-business advising is offered every weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During this time, pre-business students can simply come to 3150 Grainger Hall (BBA Advising Center) to see a peer or professional advisor.

Advising for Admitted Students

Drop-In Advising

Did you know you do not need to meet with an advisor to change your major? Simply complete the Business Major Declaration form and drop it off at the front desk in 3150 Grainger.

Offered at the beginning of the semester and during fall and spring enrollment (peak) as well as over the lunch hour during non-peak times (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), this is a first-come, first-served type of appointment and advisors expect to address quick questions. Come to drop-in advising to discuss current or next semester course enrollment, graduation checks, to get a form signed, and more! Drop-in advising means you'll meet with the first available advisor and the session is designed to answer any of your immediate questions in 10-15 minutes or less. Students who come in for drop-in but are in need of a 30-minute appointment based on specific questions and concerns will be directed to make a scheduled advising appointment.

Scheduled Advising Appointment Topics

Students may schedule a 30-minute appointment with their assigned academic advisor to discuss more in-depth questions relating to planning courses for remaining semesters, discussing major options, reviewing course enrollment, planning for study abroad, difficulties with courses, non-academic factors affecting their academics, and much more! Students may schedule appointments online via BuckyNet.

How to Prepare for Your 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.

DARS Reports

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.

Wisconsin BBA Advising Center

3150 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-262-0471
Fax: 608-265-6041
wibbaadvising@bus.wisc.edu

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

Hours:

11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. weekdays during fall and spring semesters when classes are in session

10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. extended drop-in hours offered before the fall and spring career and internship Fairs

Scheduled Advising Appointment Topics

Admitted business, certificate in business, and business masters students may schedule 30-minute 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.

Wisconsin BBA Advising

Comprehensive advising in one convenient location

Wisconsin BBA Advising Center
3150 Grainger Hall
Phone: 608-262-0471
Fax: 608-265-6041
wibbaadvising@bus.wisc.edu
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ruth Joyce
Ruth Joyce
Director
Academic Advising
Katie Denzin Kristin Determan Nikki Bollig
Katie Denzin
Academic Advisor
Kristin Determan
Academic Advisor
Nikki Bollig
Academic Advisor
Career Advising
Chris McIntyre Kathleen Rause Lisa Collins
Chris McIntyre
Career Advisor
Kathleen Rause
Career Advisor
Lisa Collins
Career Advisor
Pre-Business Advising
Alyssa Geldernick Jon Cleveland Randy Gentile
Alyssa Geldernick
Pre-Business
Academic Advisor
Jon Cleveland
Pre-Business
Academic Advisor

Randy Gentile
Pre-Business
Academic Advisor