University of Wisconsin–Madison

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.

Degree Audit Report System (DARS)

DARS is accessed through the MY UW portal. 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.

Step-by-step instructions for running and interpreting your DARS report can be found by clicking here. If you follow the instructions and still have questions, ask your advisor.

  • Who's My Advisor?

    Pre-Nursing & Traditional BSN Students

    Advisors are assigned based on your last name.

    A-K: Molly Censky

    L-W: Kate Knudson

    X-Z: Katie Bleier

    BSN@Home Students

    Kim Tobin

    Accelerated BSN Students

    Darby Sugar

    Prospective Students Not at UW-Madison

    Brent Fisher

  • How Do I Make An Appointment?

    To make an appointment with your undergraduate advisor, schedule online using WiscCal Scheduling Assistant. 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 Programs
    • Use resources (handbooks, web, DARS) to find answers to questions you may have
    • Schedule and attend first year group advising and advising appts. each semester
    • 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, call 608-263-5202 to cancel or reschedule, and email your advisor.

Contacts

Katie Bleier

Director of Advising and Student Services

katie.bleier@wisc.edu

608-263-5172

Molly Censky

Undergraduate Advisor

molly.censky@wisc.edu

608-263-1058

Kate Knudson

Undergraduate Advisor

kathryn.knudson@wisc.edu

608-563-5324

Darby Sugar

Undergraduate Advisor & Academic Support Coordinator

darby.sugar@wisc.edu

608-263-5248