Transitional Advising & Outreach Services

Transitional Advising & Outreach Services (TAOS) supports prospective students and their families as well as new and current undergraduates inside or outside CALS. We value the different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives our students bring to the college.

We strive to help students transition into CALS through many outreach, advising and academic support initiatives. Our goal is to promote academic success through advising, degree planning, study strategies, career exploration and more. We also work closely with students experiencing academic and personal challenges.

One-on-one advising appointments are a great way to connect with a TAOS advisor. We encourage students who are undecided, exploring or unsure of their path at UW-Madison to meet with us. We can talk about course planning, CALS majors, resources, opportunities and maximizing your academic success. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your courses or worried about your grades, we encourage any CALS student to reach out to us:

Wanting to transfer into CALS?
If you have decided on a CALS major, there are two steps to follow to transfer into our college.

  • Visit with the advisor in the major you intend to declare
  • Register and attend a CALS Transfer Workshop

Transfer Workshops are held during the academic year, with 13 scheduled each semester. They are held on Mondays or Tuesdays starting at 3:30 pm

Fall 2017 Workshops will be posted later this summer.

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Outreach to prospective students and their families is an important role in our unit. We encourage any student interested in CALS to participate in any of the visit experiences we offer. For detailed information, visit the Prospective Students page.

We encourage all students to visit our Diversity & Community page to explore our personalized list of support resources and learn about our efforts to create a positive campus environment for minority students. This page also includes information about how students can report or address hate and bias incidents at UW-Madison.