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.

*The academic advising office will be operating virtually for the Fall 2020 semester.  We are still here to serve you remotely.

Academic Advising Options During The Academic Year

Just in Time appointments for pre-business and admitted BBA students are shorter, 15-minute appointments where students can discuss creating a semester schedule, adding or dropping courses, academic planning for study abroad, and more.

  • Students can schedule 10-15 minute appointments with peer advisors and can do so up to 1 hour before the peer advisor is available on Starfish.
  • Appointment options include Microsoft Teams video call or a phone call.

Scheduled 30-minute appointments should be utilized for topics such as 4-year planning, major exploration, course planning, academic concerns, and questions that may take longer than 15 minutes.

  • Pre-Business Students: Use Starfish to make an appointment with Jess Baran, Randy Gentile, or Paul Oshefsky. Appointments are offered through either a Microsoft Teams video call or a phone call. 
  • Admitted BBA students: Use Starfish to make an appointment with your advisor. Appointments are offered through either a Microsoft Teams video chat or a phone call.

    If you are unable to attend your appointment, please cancel through Starfish.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Please review our Virtual Advising Guidelines for tips to make the most of your virtual appointment.

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. View instructions for running a DARS report here. View instructions on how to read the DARS report you requested. Students may request a DARS report with multiple business majors by emailing wibbaadvising@wsb.wisc.edu.

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