Friday, July 15, 2011 myBiz Blog
SOAR recap by Katie Coon

Hopefully your questions were answered at SOAR, but you may still have things you’re wondering about.  Read these FAQs for more information about life at UW-Madison and in the School of Business.

What if I receive my AP scores after attending SOAR?

If you find that after attending SOAR you earned AP credit for a course you’re enrolled in for the fall, you will need to swap that course for another course.  Students WILL NOT receive credit twice, so it is very important to find a substitute course.  This is also true for any other college-level coursework (ie: transfer courses, IB credit, CAPP, etc.).

Remember that to earn AP credit, students must have their official AP grade report sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the College Board. For more information on grade reporting services, visit the College Board’s Web site. UW–Madison’s AP code is 1846.

What if I want to change my schedule after attending SOAR?

As a student, you are responsible for your own education, so you are welcome to change your schedule at any time over the summer.  It is important to keep degree requirements and advisor recommendations in mind, however.

If you are changing your schedule after classes begin, take note of the academic deadlines.

How do I find out about important information related to the School of Business?

All information for students interested in business will be available on myBiz.  Except for rare occasions, the Wisconsin BBA Program does not send emails.  Get in the habit of checking myBiz on a regular basis and utilize the tools available to receive the information in the format you prefer (ie: subscribe to RSS feed, Twitter updates, Facebook news feed, etc.).

Information on myBiz is presented in a variety of formats: an announcement section, a calendar with upcoming events, and a blog section with important information as well as great student life highlights.  Click here to learn more about the most effective way to use myBiz.

How can I contact my academic advisor?

The professional academic advisor you met with at SOAR will be your assigned advisor as long as you are pursuing a major in business.  His/her name and email address should be circled on your carbon-copy SOAR planner you left with.  Within a few days of attending SOAR, you should also see his/her name listed in your Student Center.

Before contacting your advisor, utilize the tools available to you: Undergraduate Academic Services website, myBiz, UW homepage, and the handbook given to you at SOAR.  This is often the most efficient  way to find answers to your questions.

If you are unable to find the information you’re looking for, the next step is to contact your advisor via email.  Remember that email is designed for questions that can be answered fairly briefly.  When sending an email to your advisor, please use your WiscMail account and include your student ID number in the body of the email.   Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

It is best to save more detailed questions for academic advising sessions.  First-year students must attend a First-Year Advising Session in both the fall and spring semesters.  This is your opportunity to meet with your advisor again and ask specific questions that you may have.  Transfer students are able to attend transfer student-specific sessions or can schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor.  Check myBiz in early September to register for a First-Year or Transfer Advising Session if you haven't already registered.