As a CAE student, you are required to do at least one type of high impact practice (HIP) such as First-year Interest Groups (FIGs), Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS), Residential Learning Communities (RLC), the Summer Collegiate Experience, L&S Honors, or single credit courses like the Wisconsin Experience seminar (CP 125) Wisconsin Emerging Scholars (WES) sections for Computer Science 200 or Calculus, and Inter-LS 210 – Career Development and Taking Initiative. In fact, most CAE students do a FIG in their first semester even if they are doing another HIP.
You will meet with your assigned CAE academic advisor before SOAR to talk about HIPs. To get prepared for this meeting, please watch the Pre-SOAR Advising video below and make notes on anything you would like to discuss during your first advising meeting. Please watch the whole video and pay particular attention to the HIPs section. If you can binge watch an entire season of your favorite Netflix show, we’re sure you can make it through our video!
After the videos, see the list of things to complete/prepare before your SOAR session.
Things To Do Before SOAR
1. Register for a SOAR session
You will complete SOAR during the week you sign up for. Expect to have an advising meeting during that week which will prepare you to enroll in courses. Following your SOAR advising session (not Pre-SOAR Advising), you will be able to enroll in Fall courses. You will receive instructions later about when/how to schedule an advisor meeting for SOAR advising.
2. Complete UW placement tests by June 1
Tests will be available online by early June. Please complete your placement tests as soon as possible. It will help us give you better guidance for Fall course registration and FIG options.
3. Browse HIP Options
- First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) – Use our guide to Selecting FIGs to help you determine your eligibility for specific FIGs.
- Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) – Apply for URS as soon as possible. Have a backup HIP option because URS might not happen as planned for Fall.
- Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) – You can find specific RLC associated courses/seminars by clicking on the specific RLC.
- L&S Honors Program
- Wisconsin Experience seminar (CP 125)
- Wisconsin Emerging Scholars (WES) sections for Computer Science 200 (Programming 1) or Math (Calculus I or II).
- Inter-LS 210 – Career Development and Taking Initiative – One credit course to give you the tools you need to be able to seek out knowledge and skills as you make future career and life decisions.
4. Schedule a CAE Pre-SOAR Advising meeting with your assigned academic advisor by June 4
Your meeting will take place between June 7-18. Schedule on Starfish during this week. If possible, try to schedule a video meeting type so we can meet virtually with you. Plan to have a 30 minute conversation with your advisor at this time. You will have a longer advising meeting when it comes time to select Fall courses during SOAR. You will talk about the Pre-SOAR Advising Video, how SOAR will work, and what HIPs you’re thinking of doing.
Also, please look at the First-year Interest Groups and select three you might want to join. Your advisor will then help you make a reservation for your top three choices depending on your eligibility/placement scores/transfer credit. You will make a reservation even if you will do another HIP. Most students will receive their first or second choice.