MOST Program for New Freshmen and Parents Overview - August 27 (Parents and Students at Gordon Commons); August 28 (Students Only at Pyle Center); and August 29, if needed (Students Only at McBurney)
The McBurney Orientation and Service Training Program helps new freshmen and their parents get the MOST out of their transition to UW-Madison. Participants will have the opportunity to complete McBurney orientation and service training activities before the start of Wisconsin Welcome. The MOST program includes free, early move-in for students living in UW Residence Halls.
In order to receive an invitation to the MOST program, students must be determined eligible for McBurney services. Eligibility will be determined once you submit documentation and complete an intake appointment. Please see How to Become a McBurney Client 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, self-advocacy and more. Students will also have time outside the orientation to contact professors regarding accommodations, locate classes, learn the campus transportation system, purchase books and explore their new home.
Parents are invited to attend the first day sessions only, where they will learn more about how to support their new college students.
Check out the general MOST schedule for 2017 to get an idea of what students and parents experience during MOST.
Recommended Timeline: NOTE: Students who miss a recommended deadline are still encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible.
- Between January 31 to May 1:
Submit disability documentation and other required forms to McBurney.
McBurney 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.
- No Later than July 29: Complete an intake appointment
in person or over the phone.
Once all documentation is submitted and reviewed, students will receive an email asking them to schedule an intake appointment with McBurney. This email will be sent to your UW-Madison email account, which you can access by:
- June 1 - August 15: RSVP to the MOST Program.
You will receive an email with the link to RSVP once you complete your intake appointment and are approved for McBurney services.
- August 27, 28 and (if needed) 29, 2017: Attend MOST.
For Students with UW Residence Hall Contracts:Taking part in the MOST program will allow students to move into UW Residence Halls early without having to pay an early move-in fee of $20. Please check the list of UW Residence Halls to see if this applies to your housing arrangements. Keep in mind that you must establish eligibility for McBurney services and meet the MOST Program RSVP deadline to have the early move-in fee waived. Start now to ensure you won't miss the summer deadline. Please note that the $20 waiver will be revoked if students move in early but do not attend the MOST Program sessions indicated on their personal schedules.
For Students in Private Residence Halls or Apartments:If you are living in a private residence hall or apartment, we recommend you contact your private housing provider for information regarding early move in. You may also want to check for additional information on short term housing for students and/or parents.
Options for Students Unable to Attend
Students unable to attend MOST should do the following:
- Complete the online RSVP form so we know you are unable to attend the program. You will receive an email with the link to RSVP once you have completed your intake appointment and are approved for McBurney services.
- Contact our office to sign up for alternate training times for any of the services requiring training listed on your McBurney VISA. These sessions are scheduled during Wisconsin Welcome or the early weeks of classes.
- You will receive your VISA after you complete all required training sessions.
Comments from Students
- "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!"
- "Getting the VISA before the start of classes was helpful!"
- "It was wonderful being able to move in early!"
Comments from Parents
- "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!"