What can I do to prepare for Orientation?
The easiest way to prepare is to go to the Orientation Web page and follow the link for new freshman marked "Preparing for Orientation." There you will find a vast amount of information:
- An online tutorial that explains the degree requirements.
- The Introductory Advising Guides for each major.
- The UW-Eau Claire online catalog.
- A list of courses available to freshman.
- Links to many other Web pages.
What date should I pick?
Check your schedule and that of your parents/guests carefully. If you need to change your date, you will almost certainly get a later one. Make certain that you can stay until 4:30pm on the date you choose. 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. Remember to choose a session with placement tests offered the day before if you 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 716-836-5053.
What if I cannot come during the summer?
You are required to attend Orientation. A comparable Orientation program will be held in August. 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 on the reservation system. If this is not the major you want, you may change it. If you have not decided on a major, that's fiune. Choose "undeclared." You will be assigned an advising group at Orientation based on your major, so it is important that this is accurate.
What if I have not yet taken placement tests?
If you were unable to take placement tests during Regional Placement Testing this spring, you must take them prior to Orientation.
What if the date I want is not listed in the system?
This indicates that the date is full. You may keep trying to see if a space opens up, but there are no waiting lists.
What if I want to go with a friend?
You will have to coordinate with the friend. Not all sessions will be open for all majors, so it is best to be communicating with the friend at the time you are registering.
What should I bring to Orientation?
- Bring your PIN that you received in the mailing or 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 sense of humor about the construction going on throughout campus.
Orientation students and families who want to stay overnight on campus may stay in Towers Hall, a traditional residence hall. Advance reservations are not required. You simply enter the main (west) entrance of the hall and tell the reception desk you wish to stay overnight. You many check in at any time.
- A fee of $22.00 per person, per night for a double room ($27.00 for a single) will be added to the student's fall bill.
- Linen, blankets, pillows, washclothes and towels will be provided.
- Guests should bring their own alarm clocks and coat hangers.
- Towers Hall is not air conditioned. You may want to bring a fan.
- You may park overnight in the Towers parking lot.
- Towers Hall won't be available August 19-20th.
- If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, a list is available from the Chippewa Valley Visitors Bureau (www.chippewavalley.net). A list of hotels will also be send in late May.
What is there to do if we come early?
Each evening prior to Orientation we will host a social event at the BBC (Bowling and Billiard Center) on campus. This event runs from 7-8:30pm. This event is free and snacks will be provided. Come meet our student staff and other families. We also invite you to take some time before or after your Orientation to check out some of what University Recreation and Sport Facilities has to offer. You may tour through our facilities and see some of the fun and healthful opportunities that await you at UW-Eau Claire! And if time and schedules permit, you and your families may enjoy, free of charge, any of the following activities:
- Work out at one of two state-of-the-art fitness facilities: Crest Fitness Center or McPhee Strength & Performance Center.*
- Join in one of our Group Exercise classes! We offer a variety of cardio, strength, and cycling classes.*
- Take a bike ride on the trail along the Chippewa River. The Environmental Adventure Center can provide the bikes. The EAC also has canoes, kayaks, and many other types of outdoor equipment for rent.*
- The Bowling and Billiards Center (BBC) has 12 bowling lanes, 8 pool tables, a foosball and air hockey table as well as board games and a half dozen large screen TVs!*
- The McPhee/Ade Olson facility has a variety of Open Recreation opportunities, including an indoor pool, 6 gymnasiums, racquetball courts, and a large, elevated indoor track.*
*Availability of each of these activities is subject to summer program schedules and when permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to the University Recreation and Sports Facilities website for current hours of operation.