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Orientation FAQ's

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What can I expect from Orientation?
Check out our online information regarding orientation here.

What date should I pick?
Make sure that you pick a date that works for both you and your parent(s)/guest where you are both free until at least 4:30pm.  If you need to change your date, you will almost certainly get a later one.  Courses for fall are filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis.  While we monitor course availability closely and add sections when needed, some classes will close as Orientation progresses.  Because of this, it is best to try to choose a date as early as possible.  Remember to choose a session with placement tests offered the day before if you still need to take them.

What if I have to change my date?
You can change your date through the web reservation system until mid-May.  After that, you will need to call 715-836-5053.

What if I cannot come during the summer?
A comparable Orientation program will be held in August, as you are required to attend orientation.  Placement testing for this session will be held on the day before.

What if the major listed is no longer the major I want?
The major we have listed for you will appear in the reservation system.  If this is not the major you want, you may change it at any time.  If you have not decided on a major, that is also fine.  In that case, please choose "undeclared."  You will be assigned an advising group at Orientation based upon your major, so it is important that this information is as accurate as possible.

What if I have not yet taken placement tests?
We highly recommend you take your placement tests during Regional Placement Testing this spring.  If you don't complete your placement tests during regional testing, you can take your tests on campus the day before your orientation session. 

What if the date I want is not listed in the system?
This indicates that the date is full, and you will need to choose another date.  You may keep checking if a space has opened, but there are no waiting lists. 

What if I want to go with a friend?
You will need to coordinate with the friend.  Not all sessions are open for all majors, so it is best to be communicating with the friend at the time you are both registering.

What should I bring to orientation?

  • Your new password if you created one- It is used to access the Registration System
  • A sweater (air temperatures in our buildings can vary greatly)
  • An umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A state issued drivers license or ID
  • A sense of humor about the construction going on throughout campus

What is there to do if I come early?
Each evening, prior to Orientation, we will host a social event in Davies Student Center at 7pm with our Orientation Student Staff. This is a great opportunity to begin getting your questions answered, meet other soon-to-be UWEC families, and enjoy some refreshments. We will send more information regarding this social in your confirmation mailing.

Additionally, the City of Eau Claire has many fun events happening during the summer. You may want to check out Volume One or Visit Eau Claire to find events of interest to you and your family.

What if I want to stay overnight?
If you are looking for a hotel or other overnight accommodations, please visit here.

To get a true residence hall experience, stay in Towers Hall on-campus. After joining us in Davies Center for the social event, head to the Towers Front Desk to stay overnight. Towers Hall is a traditional residence hall and advanced reservations are not required. You may check-in at any time.

  • The fee to stay in Towers Hall is $26.00 per person, per night for a double room ($29.00 for single) and will be added to the student's fall bill
  • Linens, blankets, pillows, wash cloths and towels will be provided
  • Towers Hall is not air conditioned; you may want to bring a fan, as Towers can get very warm during the summer
  • You may park overnight in the Towers parking lot
  • Towers Hall won't be available August 24-25