First Year Student (and Parent & Guardian) Orientation – MOST

Overview - MOST Program for New Freshmen and Parents & Guardians

About MOST

The McBurney Orientation and Service Training (MOST) Program helps new freshmen and their parents and guardians get the MOST out of their transition to UW-Madison. Participants will have the opportunity to complete virtual McBurney Center orientation and service training activities before the start of Wisconsin Welcome.

In order to attend the virtual MOST program, students must be determined eligible for McBurney Center services. Eligibility will be determined once you complete the initial meeting with your McBurney Center Access Consultant and submit documentation. Please see Apply for Accommodations for a detailed explanation.

Topics that will be included in the MOST program include: how to use approved classroom accommodations, understanding faculty expectations and perspectives, navigating campus resources, and implementing accommodations.

Timeline to be Eligible & RSVP for MOST

  1. January 31 to May 1: Submit disability documentation and other required forms to the McBurney Center. McBurney Center staff work with a large number of undergraduate and graduate students every year. To ensure timely consideration, we recommend that you submit required forms and documentation of disability as soon as you are admitted to UW-Madison.
  2. No Later than July 31: Complete an initial meeting in person or over the phone. Once the online application is submitted, students will receive an email asking them to schedule an initial meeting with their McBurney Center Access Consultant. This email will be sent to your UW-Madison email account, which you can access by:
    1. Activating your Net ID
    2. Logging into UW-Madison email/calendar using your active Net ID and password
  3. June 22 – August 22, 2022: Schedule individual service trainings and engage in virtual MOST materials. You will receive an email from the McBurney Center Transition Team following your SOAR date with information regarding your service trainings and MOST.

Information for Parents, Guardians, and Support Teams

The Parents, Guardians, and Support Teams page includes a director welcome video, info on supporting students, and FAQs.

Comments from Previous Attendees


  • “Getting to know other students made it easier to make the transition to college.”
  • “It was helpful for me to meet other students with a disability similar to mine.”
  • “I enjoyed hearing from different professors about their preferences and what they like and dislike.”
  • “The Orientation and Training Program provided helpful information that proved to be effective!”
  • “It was wonderful being able to move in early!”

Parents & Guardians

  • “Having it on a Sunday and providing an early move-in date were both incredibly helpful. My daughter had reservations about all the sessions but came away impressed, empowered, and ready!”
  • “Your team came across as supportive, but not “motherly”. It is nice to know our daughter has a place, on a large campus, to be known and find answers. I also appreciate your coaching her to talk to campus professors often and early. If she gains this skill as a freshman, she will be well prepared for her college academic career.”
  • “I most enjoyed hearing the students give their honest opinions about their experiences and giving helpful advice to incoming freshmen”.
  • “The student panel was on the mark. Great!”