The School of Nursing Advising Team can help you identify and clarify your academic pathways and educational goals and aid you in developing 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.

Degree Audit Report System (DARS)

Students should run a DARS report periodically to track their progress toward fulfilling degree requirements. DARS is accessed through the Course Search and Enroll App; instructions on how to access a report can be found HERE ( Courses currently in progress will be shown as meeting requirements, pending completion. You can also run a “what-if” DARS report for other majors or certificates that are of interest to you. Your advisor can help if you have questions!

Pre-Nursing (PRN) First Year Enrollment Information

If you are a pre-nursing, first year student, please review the pre-nursing handbook, run and review your DARS report, and attend group advising to help you plan your next semester courses. Email or meet with your academic advisor if you have further questions.

Pre-Nursing (PRN) Group Advising

Group advising sessions are held for pre-nursing students. At these sessions we will discuss your fall and spring semester coursework and will review parallel planning.

Group Advising takes place in October and March. If you were unable to attend one of the group advising sessions please make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor.

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Who's My Advisor?

UW-Madison Pre-Nursing Students

Make an appointment with any of the following advisors through Starfish: Leigh Arora, Molly Censky, Maisee Her. Links to their individual calendars can be found in the advisor profiles.

Admitted Traditional Nursing Students (A-Z)

Make an appointment with Tracey Maloney through Starfish.

Admitted Accelerated Nursing Students (A-Z)

Make an appointment via email.

BSN@Home Students (A-Z)

Make an appointment with Leigh Arora through Starfish.

Career Advising and Student Success (A-Z)

Make an appointment with Kelli Richards through Starfish.

Prospective Students Not at UW-Madison

Make an appointment via email.

Who's My Peer Advisor (For UW-Madison Pre-Nursing Students)?

We are excited to offer drop-in peer advising for enrolled UW-Madison pre-nursing students! Peer Advisors are experienced nursing students who can aid in schedule creation, parallel planning, and getting involved. Peer advisors are available for appointments during fall and spring semesters.

For virtual, drop-in peer advising, please enter the peer advisor’s Zoom Room during the designated time. Peer advisors will accept students from the waiting room on a first come, first serve basis.

In-person, drop-in peer advising will take place in the Atrium (large, open common space on the 1st floor) of Signe Skott Cooper Hall.

Spring 2024 Peer Advising Hours

Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm (virtual)
Bella Schuelke
Click here for Bella’s Zoom Room!

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm (virtual)
Sonam Dorjee
Click here for Sonam’s Zoom Room!

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00pm (virtual*)
Holly Adams
Click here for Holly’s Zoom Room!

*Tuesdays, 5-7pm, in-person appointments can be scheduled upon request to

Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm (virtual)
Kiran Arora
Click here for Kiran’s Zoom Room!

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


  • 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.


UW-Madison Pre-Nursing Advising

Leigh Arora

Position title: Pre-Nursing Advisor & BSN@Home Program Coordinator


Click here to schedule an appointment.

Molly Censky

Position title: Pre-Nursing Advisor, Assistant Director of Advising and Student Success


Click here to schedule an appointment.

Maisee Her

Position title: Pre-Nursing Advisor


Click here to schedule an appointment.

Admitted Nursing Advising

Leigh Arora

Position title: Pre-Nursing Advisor & BSN@Home Program Coordinator


Click here to schedule an appointment.

Tracey Maloney

Position title: Advisor for Admitted Nursing Students


Click here to schedule an appointment.

Kelli Richards

Position title: Career Development & Learning Support Manager


Click here to schedule an appointment.

Prospective and Incoming Students

Judy Christensen

Position title: Scholarships Officer


Jin Jin

Position title: Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator


Anne Jozwiak

Position title: Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator


Ann Larget

Position title: Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator


Patrick Stevens

Position title: Director of Admissions & Recruitment


Additional Contacts

Ross Beattie

Position title: Embedded Mental Health Provider: School of Nursing Provider & Generalist Provider

Katie Bleier

Position title: Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs


Morgan Lewis

Position title: Student Services & Events Coordinator


Darby Sugar

Position title: Director of Advising and Student Services


Click here to schedule an appointment.