Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers

Join us to learn more about the WAV program during the Virtual Student Organization Fair on Wednesday, February 3rd, 6-8 PM and our Spring Information Session on Monday, February 8th, 5:30-6:30 PM. Register at the bottom of the page to sign-up.

WAV Monthly Meetings

  • Thursday, February 4th, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 4th, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 1st, 5:30-6:30 PM

All meetings during the Spring 2021 semester will take place virtually. You are able to sign up for WAV at any time, even if you can’t make it to one of these meetings. Please email our WAV Student Director for more information.

The Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers (WAV) Program is a vital component of recruitment. This group of undergraduates extends the reach of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and helps us as we work to contact, connect with, and enroll top-quality students from across the country and around the world. If you love your university and want to share your UW–Madison experience with prospective students, here's what you need to know.


Our volunteers exemplify the voice and image of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. They are students who want to promote the university and are good talkers and even better listeners.

Successful WAVs are also:

  • Mature
  • Honest
  • Nonjudgmental
  • Dependable
  • Trustworthy

Recruitment Events

Our student recruiters participate in a variety of events, ranging from our student panels to call-out nights to national receptions. Students are asked to assist with at least one recruitment event each semester.

We conduct 5-6 call-out nights each year. During the events, which take place in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers phone recently admitted students to offer a personal connection and campus contact. The purpose of the calls is to answer any final questions the students might have about academic expectations, campus life, financial aid, housing, etc. Our call-out nights last for two hours and we provide complimentary pizza for volunteers.
Your UW Day is a full-day program designed to give admitted freshmen the information and campus perspective needed to make a final college selection. We need Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers to accompany the visiting students and their guests to lunch in one of the University Housing dining halls. During this time, volunteers share their experiences at the university with the students and their guests. Lunch typically lasts for an hour and a half, and volunteers are provided with a complimentary meal.
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment occasionally hosts large groups of high school counselors who visit campus as part of a national or regional bus tour. Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers typically dine with the counselors. The dining experience usually lasts about an hour, and volunteers are provided with a complimentary meal.
Throughout the year, we host large groups of campus visitors—often high school counselors or groups of high school students. As student panel participants, Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers are asked to provide an overview of their own Wisconsin Experience and answer any questions the group might have. A typical panel lasts for one hour.
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment needs volunteers for numerous on-campus events held throughout the year. Duties range from helping with registration and check-in to guiding visitors to event destinations. The time commitment varies from 30 minutes to two hours.
Web Chats are a way to recruit the top admitted students from across the world. You will give them the opportunity to chat online with you about the UW and student life in general.
An annual large prospective student a la carte visit day with sessions ranging from shortened campus tours to admissions to academics and beyond. With all of these visitors on campus, volunteers are needed to welcome guests, direct them to sessions, troubleshoot, you name it.

Register as a Wisconsin Admissions Volunteer