New First-Year Students

Strategies for Success Peer Navigators, 2018

We are so excited that you are preparing for your first year of college at UW-Madison, and we are here to support you through the transition to the university setting and experience!

CeO houses two federal TRIO programs (Student Support Services and Student Support Services-STEM) and one state program (Academic Support and Achievement Program) for students who are first-generation, meet federal income guidelines, and/or have a documented disability. Our mission is to increase access, retention, and graduation rates for students through holistic and high-touch advising and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for you! That environment is fostered through the following required programming we have developed for new first-year first-semester students like yourself:

  • Early Housing Move-In students will receive guidance from Housing regarding move-in time for individual scholars; scholars who submit applications after July 1, 2021 are not guaranteed an early move-in assignment
    • Sunday, August 28
  • CeO Strategies for Success Orientation A five-day college orientation to introduce scholars to CeO, create community, and learn everything you need to know to have a successful first year on campus!
    • Sunday, August 28 – Thursday, September 1
  • Counseling Psychology 115 – CeO Educational Effectiveness (Fall 2022) This small course (20 students) designed to help get you acclimated to campus, adjust to the academic demands of college, and start building community in CeO. It is taught by an experienced instructor who will help you start to figure out academic, campus life, and a variety of resources that will help you through your first year on campus. It is limited to first-year CeO students and provides an inclusive, discussion-driven, community-oriented learning environment.
    • 1 credit
    • Lectures 041, 042, 043, 044, 045
    • Not required for transfer CeO Scholars
  • High Impact Practice (HIP)– Each incoming first-year scholar must choose one HIP to enroll in for their first fall semester. The following are your options:
    • FIGs (First-Year Interest Groups) FIGs are clusters of (usually) three UW- Madison courses, linked together to explore a common theme, and offered to incoming first-year scholars who attend these classes together as a cohort.
    • Undergraduate Research Scholars  URS is dedicated to helping first- and second-year undergraduates get hands-on experience in research or other creative endeavors by working with UW faculty and research staff. Discovery – whether in the sciences, engineering, the arts, or the social sciences – is the cornerstone of our greatness as a university. Plan on taking this course for two semesters in a row.
    • Residential Learning Communities  Residential Learning Communities bring together faculty, staff and students around an explicit focus within the University Residence Halls. Unique seminars and class sections and aligned co-curricular activities all help produce smaller, more intentional communities that set students up for success. First-Year Scholar will need to register with the associated courses/seminars to fulfill CeO’s High Impact Practice requirement.
      • This requirement is not fulfilled by enrolling in a reserved residence hall class section (such as Comm Arts 100 or CHEM 103). It IS fulfilled by joining one of the eleven learning communities such as Bradley, StartUp, or GreenHouse.
    • Psych 120, “Art and Science of Human Flourishing”

      • CeO students are encouraged to register for Lecture 001 (27449) and Discussion 305 (27480). This discussion is limited to students in CeO and other DDEEA programs as well as the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).
    • Psych 202, “Introduction to Psychology”

      • CeO students interested in taking Psych 202 in Fall 2022 are encouraged to register for Lecture 10 (24445) and Discussion 310 (24446). The discussion is limited to students in CeO and other DDEEA programs as well as the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).
      • Incoming CeO students are not required to take Psych 202 and they can register for another lecture/discussion combination.