The first WACADA conference was held in Madison in 1996. Following this conference, the organization was officially affiliated with NACADA on April 21, 1997. The following September, the membership at the annual conference in Oshkosh approved the constitution of WACADA.
Since that time, membership has grown to over 230 people representing UW-System colleges and universities, private universities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System. The WACADA board represents all factions of the advising spectrum including administrators, counselors, and advisors. Attendance at statewide annual conferences has been about 200 people. This annual conference began in 1996 as a one-day event. Today, the broad range of interest groups and break-out sessions has expanded the event to include a half-day preconference.