Advising

We can help you identify and clarify your academic pathways and educational goals and help you develop meaningful plans to ensure your academic success.

We believe that advising is an ongoing, caring and collaborative relationship between advisor and student that provides meaning, guidance and support throughout the educational process.

INTRODUCING PEER ADVISING – SPRING 2022

This semester we are excited to offer peer advising for enrolled UW-Madison pre-nursing students! Peer Advisors are experienced nursing students who can aid you in schedule creation, parallel planning, and getting involved. Below are the Spring 2022 Peer Advisors, their schedules, and links to sign up for a meeting.

MJ Joseph

Tuesdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Schedule a meeting with MJ HERE

Danielle Harris

Tuesdays, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Schedule a meeting with Danielle HERE

Tatum Radtke

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 10:30am
Schedule a meeting with Tatum HERE

Pahder Moua

Fridays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Schedule a meeting with Pahder HERE

Maica Ho

Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Schedule a meeting with Maica HERE

Degree Audit Report System (DARS)

DARS is accessed through the enrollment app HERE. Run a DARS report periodically to track your progress toward fulfilling your degree requirements.

Courses currently in progress will be shown as meeting requirements, pending completion.

Pre-Nursing (PRN) First Year Enrollment Information

If you are a pre-nursing, first year student, please review your DARS, the pre-nursing handbook, and meet with your academic advisor to plan for your next semester courses.

Applying into Nursing Group Advising

Group advising sessions are held for pre-nursing students planning to apply to the Traditional BSN program. We will discuss the application process and touch briefly on coursework for your spring semester.

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Who's My Advisor?

Pre-Nursing, Traditional BSN, & Accelerated BSN Students

Advisors are assigned based on your last name.

A-L: Molly Censky

M-Z: Kate Knudson

BSN@Home Students

Kelli Richards

Career Advising

A-Z:  Beth Dawson

Prospective Students Not at UW-Madison

Lauren Foley

How Do I Make An Appointment?

To make an appointment with your undergraduate advisor, schedule online using Starfish. Links to their individual calendars can be found in the advisor profiles on this page. You may also call 608-263-5202 to schedule an appointment. Do not email to arrange an appointment.

Students who are not assigned a School of Nursing advisor and prospective students can call 608-263-5202 to schedule an appointment.

Can I Just Email a Question?

If you have a single question that can be easily answered with a yes or no response, you can begin by sending an email describing your question or situation. Your advisor will either answer you by return email or ask that you schedule an appointment.

When you email your advisor, always include your name and campus ID.

What Can I Expect from My Advisor?

You can expect your advisor to:

  • Understand and effectively communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures
  • Listen to your concerns and respect your individual values and choices
  • Assist you in defining your academic, career, and personal goals, and assist you in creating an educational plan that is consistent with those goals
  • Answer your questions through scheduled meetings, phone calls, or emails
  • Provide you with information about campus and community resources
  • Refer you to other campus offices as appropriate
  • Maintain confidentiality

What Does My Advisor Expect from Me?

Your advisor expects you to:

  • Read all email sent from Academic Affairs
  • Use resources (handbooks, web, DARS) to find answers to questions you may have
  • Come prepared to each appointment with questions and topics for discussion
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Be open and willing to consider advice from faculty, advisors and other mentors
  • Review your DARS report each semester and track your progress towards completing your graduation requirements
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables you to access them when needed
  • Become knowledgeable about campus programs, policies, and procedures
  • Accept responsibility for decisions
  • Include your ID number in emails

Tips

  • Schedule now—don’t wait. You don’t need to wait until the Schedule of Classes is released on the Web to schedule an appointment.
  • Keep your appointment. Re-scheduling appointments during peak registration can be very difficult. If you will not be able to keep your appointment, login to Starfish to cancel or reschedule.

Contacts

Molly Censky

Position title: Undergraduate Advisor Last Names A-L

Email: molly.censky@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-1058

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Leigh Arora

Position title: BSN@Home Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor Last Names M-Z

Email: leigh.arora@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-264-6402

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Kelli Richards

Position title: Career Development & Learning Support Manager

Email: kelli.richards@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5163

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Darby Sugar

Position title: Director of Advising and Student Services

Email: darby.sugar@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5248

Click here to schedule an appointment.