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Admitted Freshmen

Congrats—you're a Blugold!

Class of 2018

We think you have made the right choice to further your education at Wisconsin's most beautiful campus, UW-Eau Claire! So you may be thinking, "now what?" Below is a list of information to help you with the admission process after your acceptance to UW-Eau Claire. At any point in time if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 715-836-5415 or In addition, here is a link to a .pdf file of your official College Checklist.

Enrollment deposit | Housing & meal plans | Scholarships | Financial Aid | Placement Testing | Orientation | WI Covenant | Send in transcripts

Pay your deposit Enrollment deposit

After being admitted, one of your first steps to becoming a Blugold is to submit your $100 freshman deposit; this will hold a spot for you in the freshman class. There is an easy and convenient way to pay your tuition deposit on line. You can pay through a direct transfer from a personal checking/savings account or credit card.

  1. You will need your campus ID or Social Security number for the process.
  2. Click on the business office site:
  3. After you click on the "I agree" link at the bottom of the page, go to the Pay To area.
  4. In the Fall Freshman Deposit line type 100 in the Pay Amount box and then indicate payment method and details.
  5. Hit the submit button at the bottom of the page.

If you change your mind, the freshman deposit is fully refundable up to May 1 of your senior year. If the deposit is a financial hardship you may request a deferral through your school counselor. The criteria is generally qualifying for free/reduced lunch.

If you are unable to submit your payment via online, you can send a check made out to UW-Eau Claire. Please send the check to: Student Accounts, UWEC, PO Box 5000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-5000. Please include your full name, campus ID, and your admitted term on the check.

Register for housing/meal plans

You will receive a University Housing information packet, sent directly from our Housing and Residence Life Office, one to two weeks after your acceptance letter. This is a two-step process. First, submit a $75 housing deposit (refundable up to May 1) to the Housing Office: Then, once received, you will be given information about how to apply for housing. The sooner you apply for housing, the better your chances of getting your desired residence hall. Go to the Housing and Residence Life website to learn more!

For questions, contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at 715-836-3674 or

Meal plan registration will occur during your summer freshmen orientation date. There you will be given final options of meal plans and details on how to register for your choice. In the mean time, take a look at the current options of meal plans and dining facilities. If you have special dietary needs, the Blugold Dining staff will work with you in arranging your meals. For any questions, contact Blugold Dining at or 715-836-5261.


Admitted freshmen who meet the scholarship criteria and have submitted ACT/SAT scores are automatically considered for incoming student scholarships. The majority of scholarships have no separate application, as your application for admission serves this purpose. There are a few scholarships that do require a separate application including the Blugold Fellowship research scholarship. Descriptions, amounts and applications for UW-Eau Claire Foundation Scholarships can be found on the Scholarships for Incoming Students website. Students admitted by December 1 will be considered for the first round of awards. The final deadline for all other awards is February 1. Late applications may be considered if scholarships are still available. Students in the top five percent of their class with an ACT composite of 28 or above (SAT 1870) are guaranteed at least a $1000 scholarship. These students may also be eligible for the University Honors Program.

Financial aid

Apply for financial aid. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 15 to receive a financial aid award prior to the May 1 admissions cancellation deadline. If you miss the March 15 priority line you can still apply for financial aid; we simply may not be able to tell you your financial aid eligibility before May 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available at your guidance office or any college financial aid office. UW-Eau Claire’s Title IV code is 003917. You’re encouraged to use the web-based version of the application form at It is quicker and prevents many mistakes. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Minnesota residents

The current reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin enables a Minnesota resident to attend Wisconsin public institutions of higher education at rates approximating tuition prevailing in the Minnesota State University System. Those wishing to take advantage of this tuition remission must apply in advance of their initial enrollment at a Wisconsin System institution. Approval covers the full year (including summer sessions) and is automatically renewed each year for the campus initially approved. You may apply online at or, if you have additional questions about reciprocity, contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at (800) 657-3866.

Placement testing

Beginning in February, look for Regional Placement Testing information in the mail. Regional placement testing is required of all new freshmen planning to attend UW-Eau Claire. Tests are taken in math, English and a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). Students do not have to take a regional placement test at UW-Eau Claire, rather any UW System site that offers the tests. Information is mailed to all accepted students when it is available in late spring. For questions and more information, contact our Advising and Testing Office (715-836-5522 or or check out their Placement Testing webpage.

Freshmen orientation

During the summer prior to your freshman year at UW-Eau Claire, you will need to attend the new freshmen orientation program. All students who have paid their $100 tuition deposit are mailed information about the summer orientation and registration program for new freshmen. Although the deposit is not due until May 1, the Orientation Office will begin sending information in March, so an early deposit is advantageous. For freshmen, this is your earliest opportunity to register for your fall classes. For more information about summer orientation call 715-836-5053 or check out the New Student Orientation website.

Wisconsin Covenant

If you are a Wisconsin resident and signed the Wisconsin Covenant, you will want to complete all of the paperwork for the Office of the Wisconsin Covenant by April 1 of your senior year to receive any grants or financial aid that you are eligible for through the Wisconsin Covenant. The Office of the Wisconsin Covenant will make the paperwork available to you starting in January. In addition, you will want to complete the FAFSA by April 1. For more information, check out our Wisconsin Covenant Program website.

Send in final transcripts

After graduation, submit all final official high school and any college (if applicable) transcripts to the Admissions Office. In order to gain college credit for any college coursework taken in high school, we need to have on file a transcript from the college/university you took the courses through. If you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office at 715-836-5415 or

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