Advising Services

1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704 

Downtown D116
(608) 258-2300

Main Office
(608) 243-4200 or (608) 246-6458

Fort Atkinson 117
Main Office
(920) 568-7200

Portage 100
Main Office
(608) 745-3100

Reedsburg 128
Main Office
(608) 524-7800

(608) 246-6076

Watertown 128
Main Office
(920) 206-8000



Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

October 12: 8 - 11:30 a.m.

Hours may vary by location. Please call a campus for more information.

Advising Services

Our mission is to help you realize your full academic potential by connecting you with programs and services, as well as providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions.

Our experienced and caring staff serves as student advocates and are dedicated to helping improve your experience at Madison College from the first day through graduation.  Advisors can:

  • Help you clarify your educational goals
  • Help you develop an academic plan
  • Develop strategies for academic and personal success
  • Help you become aware of and connected to resources

Advisors are available at all campuses. Schedule an in-person or phone appointment by calling or stopping in to the office. Be sure to come to your appointment prepared. Instructions on how to prepare can be found at the bottom of this page in the green section.

  • Academic Advising

    Academic Advising includes help with:

    • Selecting classes
    • Developing an educational plan
    • Understanding admission requirements
    • Program-specific questions

    If you are unsure of your program of interest, you should attend a Career Planning Workshop.

    If you have advising questions prior to applying to Madison College, you should attend an Academic Information Session, which are available both online and in-person.

    New students will meet with academic advisors at an Advising and Registration Session. Students who will be attending Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Reedsburg, or Portage may contact the regional office for advising and registration options.

  • Transfer Planning

    Transfer Planning involves:

    • Learning about the transfer process and requirements
    • Selecting appropriate classes
    • Understanding agreements with four-year universities


    Faculty advisors are also available in the Transfer Center to assist students with researching:

    • Transfer admission requirements
    • Transfer schools
    • Future majors and major requirements
  • Retention Services

    Retention Services are designed to assist students who are:

    • Struggling academically
    • Placed on Academic Alert or Academic Probation
    • Appealing a financial aid suspension
  • Career Planning

    Career Planning provides assistance with:

    • Exploring major and program options
    • Determining skills and interests
    • Connecting to workplace learning and internships
  • Support for Special Populations (TRiO, SCMP, AVID/TOPS, Student Veterans)

    Madison College offers support services for students in the following Special Populations:

    • TRiO Student Support Services
    • Students of Color Mentoring Program
    • AVID/TOPS Alumni Retention Program
    • Student Veterans

Maximize Your Advising Appointment

  • Plan early and schedule appointments in advance.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment. If you are unable to attend your appointment, call 608-246-6076 or your regional office to reschedule your appointment in advance.
  • Prepare for your appointment by being ready to discuss class options, have questions to ask, and bring any needed documents, including mail from Madison College. Research opportunities and resources.
  • Be an active participant in developing and modifying your education plan by identifying personal and career goals.
  • Bring your student ID number. This is the same as your OneCard number. If you do not know it, you can look it up in your myMadisonCollege account by clicking on your name in the upper left hand corner.
  • Review your Degree Progress Report (also called an Advising Report) found in your Student Center under Academic Record.
  • Understand the requirements of your Madison College program. If you are transferring, explore and familiarize yourself with admissions, program, and major information for your future school.
  • Prepare a selection of classes. Include those that you would like to take and/or think you may need for your degree or transfer plan. Get help searching for classes.
  • Stay up to date on important registration dates for each semester.
  • Learn how to self-register. If you do not know how to register for classes, be sure to check out the tutorials and instructions.