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 Options During The Summer

Pre-Business Students: Email prebusadvising@wsb.wisc.edu with questions or use Starfish to set up an appointment. You can make an appointment with Jess Baran or Randy Gentile.

Admitted BBA, CIB, or CIE Students:  Email your academic advisor with questions or use Starfish to set up an appointment.

Academic Advising Options During The Academic Year

Drop-in 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 through Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • During the first week of each semester, advising will be offered on a drop-in basis from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.

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@wsb.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. 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.