CALS Quickstart

You’re about to embark on one of the most exciting chapters of your life! With CALS QuickStart, you can gain an early start on your Wisconsin Experience. Through the program’s online and in-person summer coursework, you’ll…

  • Connect with a dynamic community of peers, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Gain early exposure to campus opportunities and resources
  • Develop and a personalized roadmap to reach your academic and career goals
  • Move to campus (and your residence hall) a week early
  • Complete your first-year seminar requirement

…all before the fall semester begins!


Gain exposure to CALS and UW-Madison, including resources and opportunities available to you, as well as the foundational skills necessary for a successful transition to campus. Weekly online course modules focus on your personal, academic, and professional development. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your goals and engage with peers to develop a roadmap for your own Wisconsin Experience.

Learn More about Foundations

QuickStart: Foundations (Inter-Ag 140), 1 Credit
This course satisfies the CALS First-Year Seminar requirement

  • 2019 Dates: June 17-August 11 (8 weeks)
  • Location: Online (Participate in this course from home)
  • Time: Complete weekly activities/assignments at a time works for you (no set meeting time)
  • Cost: 1 credit of tuition

What you can expect from QuickStart: Foundations:

  • Connect with fellow first-year students through online discussions and collaboration
  • Learn from peer mentors about their campus experiences and tips for success
  • Gain early exposure to UW resources and student opportunities
  • Discover the variety of academic disciplines and research happening in CALS
  • Learn about core UW-Madison philosophies including the Wisconsin Idea and Wisconsin Experience
  • Develop academic, professional, and career goals for your first year




Move to campus a week early and gain first-hand exposure to the variety academic, co-curricular and professional opportunities available to you. You’ll participate in lab tours, industry visits, workshops, community meals, student panels, academic planning and more! By the end of the week, you’ll have a network of peers, faculty, staff, and alumni to support you throughout your undergraduate career.

Learn More about Connect2Campus

QuickStart: Connect2Campus, 1 Credit
You must complete QuickStart: Foundations (online class) to enroll in this course

  • 2019 Dates: August 20-26 (Residence hall move-in and kick-off dinner August 19)
  • Location: On-campus; early residence hall move-in available
  • Time: Morning and afternoon programming with evening activities
  • Cost: 1 credit of tuition + early move-in fee

Between the end of Connect2Campus and the start of Wisconsin Welcome (August 27-August 30), we’ll offer even more fun orientation activities, trips, and tours for QuickStart students to connect with campus and the city of Madison.

What you can expect from this course:

  • Gain hands-on learning through lab tours, industry visits, dinners, and panels
  • Build positive relationships with an array of CALS faculty, alumni, and students
  • Start your first year with a personalized academic, career, and personal development plan
  • Connect with student organization leaders and learn about opportunities to get involved
  • Get comfortable with campus resources, including the buses, dining halls, academic support, recreation facilities, wellness services and more
  • Build positive relationships with an array of CALS faculty, alumni, and students
  • Learn the layout of UW by moving in a week early


CALS QuickStart is more than coursework; it is a community of student scholars. As part of this group, you’ll have on-going opportunities to network with CALS faculty, alumni, and industry leaders. QuickStart Scholars meet as a cohort at least twice per semester to reconnect as a community and participate in student development programming.