SOAR 2021 Advising Appointments for New Transfer Students

Welcome! Please review the following information on how to set up your SOAR 2021 advising appointment with a Psychology Major Advisor. The following information is for incoming transfer students ONLY. If you are a continuing UW–Madison Student, please visit our appointments page or go to Starfish to schedule with a Psychology Advisor. 

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Schedule Your Advising Appointments on Starfish

Transfer students should first meet with their L&S AAS advisor to discuss general education and degree requirements. You should have access to a SOAR canvas course with information you need to complete prior to scheduling your L&S advising appointment. Visit for more information.

Schedule your Psych Major Advising Appointment through Starfish for a date/time that is after your L&S advising appointment. 

How to schedule your Psych Major SOAR Advising Appointment

  • Within the Starfish app in My UW, go to THIS LINK to schedule a Psychology Advising Appointment. 
  • Look for available appointment times with any Psych Advisor. Check the “SOAR Advising” category to find available appointment times.
  • Under appointment reason, select SOAR Advising. Under location, select Microsoft Teams Video Meeting.  
  • Step-by-step instructions for how to access Microsoft Teams is here. Note: All UW students have access to Teams. MS Teams is available through a web browser (you will need to use Google Chrome), so you do not need to download an app or create an account. Your computer/device will need internet access as well as speakers, a microphone, and video camera.
  • Your advisor will contact you at your appointment time (Central Time), so please make sure you are logged into Microsoft Teams and click the “Join” button to begin your meeting.

What to Expect During Your Psychology Advising Appointment

The goal of our meeting will be to review your Fall 2021 schedule and discuss any questions and concerns you may have. We will also discuss how your transfer credits can apply toward major requirements. We won’t be focused on discussing long-term planning during this meeting. Once the Spring semester begins, you are welcome to schedule a meeting to discuss long-term academic planning.

We will also give you permission to enroll in ONE Psych Breadth OR Psych Depth course. These classes may currently appear closed in the Course Search and Enroll App. However, we have seats saved for Transfer students in the classes listed below. If you can come into your advising appointment with an idea of which course you hope to take (including some back-up or alternate options), that will make our appointment more efficient.

(Courses subject to availability – these seats will be released to all students after SOAR concludes).

PSYCH BREADTH (Lecture Only)   PSYCH DEPTH (Lecture + Discussion)
PSYCH 401: Psychology, Law and Social Policy (LEC 001)   PSYCH 508: Psych of Human Emotions 
(LEC 001 + Select DISC sections)
PSYCH 403: Psychology of Personality (LEC 001)   PSYCH 521: Structure of Human Thought
(LEC 001 + Select DISC sections)
PSYCH 405: Abnormal Psychology (LEC 001)   PSYCH 525: Cognition in Health & Society
(LEC 001 + Select DISC sections)
PSYCH 414: Cognitive Psychology (LEC 001)   PSYCH 526: The Criminal Mind
(LEC 001 + Select DISC sections)
PSYCH 449: Animal Behavior (LEC 001)    
PSYCH 456: Social Psychology (LEC 001)    
PSYCH 460: Child Development (LEC 001)    
PSYCH 522: Psychology of Women and Gender (LEC 001)    

More information about these courses, including date/time of classes, class descriptions, and pre-req information is available in the Course Search and Enroll App.

Review Psychology Canvas Course Information Prior to Your Advising Appointment

The Psychology Advising Canvas Course has helpful information to prepare you for your SOAR advising conversation. Please review the Canvas module titled “SOAR Information for New Transfer Students” This includes overview information about the major and class requirements that will be useful to review before your advising appointment.

You can also declare the Psychology major after the start of the Fall semester and completion of Psych 202 using our online major declaration form on the Canvas course!

Students who indicate an interest in the Psych major in their SOAR registration will be automatically added to our Canvas course. In the event you were not added automatically, you can go here to join the Canvas course: Alternatively, you can sign up at and use the following join code: J3P9LY.

If you have issues joining our Canvas course, please email for assistance.

After Your Advising Appointment

After you meet with your academic advisors, make sure to do the following:

  • Enroll in your Fall 2021 courses!
  • If you haven’t done so already, complete any remaining Student Life and/or L&S Advising SOAR-related Canvas modules.
  • Continue reviewing our Psychology Canvas Site and our Undergraduate Program page for more information about additional opportunities in the Department.
  • You’ll be added to our majors listserv and get our weekly e-letters. Make sure to check and read emails from, our shared email account.
  • You can declare the Psych major after you complete Psych 202 and after the Fall 2021 semester has begun.