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New Student Orientation Experience

Congratulations on being admitted to UW-Eau Claire! We are excited to officially welcome you to the Blugold family, and are here to help you navigate through the initial steps of becoming a Blugold successfully. If you have questions or concerns about the following items, don't hesitate to reach out to our Orientation Team at 715-836-5053 or orientation@uwec.edu

NOTE: Components of New Student Orientation outlined below are required for all incoming first-year students. Information is applicable to incoming spring 2023 admits. Information for incoming fall 2023 admits will be available in early February of 2023.

Orientation Checklist

1. Continue to work on your new student checklist as outlined by UWEC Admissions.

Have you activated your UW-Eau Claire account and paid enrollment and housing deposits? Applied for financial aid? Filled out required forms? View your progress and check out additional items here.

2. Activate your UW-Eau Claire account and set up Multi-Factor Authentication (Duo Mobile).

Activating your Account:

If you have not activated your UW-Eau Claire account, or need to reset your password, visit myusername.uwec.edu. You will need your username and Campus ID, which can be found in your admit letter or application acknowledgment email.

Setting up MFA:

Why do I want to set up Multi-Factor Authentication?

The use of Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) adds an additional check to ensure that the person logging into the account is really you. UWEC utilizes the Duo Security System to implement MFA for high-risk data applications.

How do I enroll in Duo as a new student?

Type the following URL into your browser's address bar: logintest.uwec.edu/duo - then sign in and select 'add device' to follow set up instructions. Click here for a helpful video walkthrough.

3. Register for Level 1 of New Student Orientation: Advising + Registration.
Level 1: Your Advising + Registration Meetings

On your date of orientation, you will access your virtual appointment with an Academic Advisor via Zoom. Prior to that meeting, you'll attend a required pre-advising meeting with our Orientation team. Our team will reach out to students via email before their date to confirm times and access details.

Registration will open on November 7, 2022 for Spring 2023 admits. Stay tuned to your UWEC email for details.

How to register for Level 1:

  • Go to MyBlugoldCamps.
  • Log in using your username and password created during the admission process when you activated your account.
  • After logging in, select the “Admissions" tile.
  • Choose “Orientation Registration” and check for your name at the top of the screen.
  • Follow the steps to complete your registration.

Helpful tip: More information on your advising support and major options can be found on our website: https://www.uwec.edu/academics/academic-support/arcc/advising/. We recommend reviewing this information before your first appointment so you can be prepared with your questions to ask!

4. Complete your placement tests.

All students are required to take placement tests, and we have online, unproctored options for testing this spring. We strongly recommend students register using their UWEC email account, and you can complete that registration here.

  • You will need to log in with your campus credentials to complete the registration form before taking the exam. Within two business days of registering (but more likely within a few minutes), you will receive an email from Scantron with a username and password for accessing the exams.
  • All students are required to complete the Math and English tests, and if you have had two or more years of French, German or Spanish, take the placement exam for that language. Click here for more information regarding your placement test.
  • Please note that it takes at least one week for tests to be scored and sent to UW-Eau Claire. We highly recommend that you take them as soon as you can, to ensure you're able to register for your classes on time.

If you have questions about testing, would like to know more, or need accommodations, please contact academictesting@uwec.edu

5. Complete your Academic Planning Questionnaire (APQ).

This form is crucial to the success of your advising appointment, as it helps our advising staff assess your academic preparedness and provide potential class selections. This questionnaire must be completed before your advising appointment on your scheduled orientation date. Complete your APQ now.

6. Review helpful materials on how to use advising platforms and remove academic holds.

You'll want to make sure and login to CampS to familiarize yourself with the platform, and take care of any academic holds listed below if you haven't done so already (view instructions via links/videos provided). CampS is the platform you will use to sign up for classes, update your contact information, view your grades, and much more! Feel free to jump back to these videos for future semesters; note - there is no sound to the videos. 

  1. Pre-Registration Agreement
  2. E-Communication Hold
  3. Updating your Contact Information Hold
  4. Payment Plan Agreement (PPA) Hold
  5. Using Schedule Builder to Select and Enroll in Classes

Below are also some tips to using CampS:

  • It is easier to view and navigate CampS using a laptop or computer than it is using a mobile device. 
  • Once you're in CampS, you'll find that there are many ways to complete tasks. We find it is usually easiest to complete all of your tasks by starting in the "Tasks" tile, which can be found under the 'Main Menu.'

Helpful tip: More information on your advising support and major options can be found on our website: https://www.uwec.edu/academics/academic-support/arcc/advising/. We recommend reviewing this information before your first appointment so you can be prepared with your questions to ask!

7. Register for Level 2 of New Student Orientation: Blugold Experience Day.
Level 2: Blugold Experience Days

Level 2 is our in-person, on campus orientation experience offered for both fall and spring admits. On these days, students and their families are able to tour our beautiful campus and residence halls, connect with staff, faculty, and other Blugolds, dine on campus, attend live sessions with campus partners, check out places in the surrounding community, and much more! Programming is subject to change, and registration is required.

Blugold Experience Day for spring 2023 admits is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2022. Information will be released in February 2023 for the summer 2023 Blugold Experience Day dates.

How to register for Level 2 (spring 2023 admits):

  • Click the link to register here.
  • Fill out all necessary information to confirm your registration.

Blugold Experience Days are a great opportunity to pick up your Blugold ID and textbooks. Check out these helpful resources to be best prepared when picking up these items:

  • Online photo submission for Blugold ID cards: Students are required to select and upload their own photo and copy of drivers license or government issued ID for their Blugold photo ID card. This allows you to not only pick a photo you like, but also gives you the opportunity to avoid lines and save time when you come in to get your ID card. Simply upload your photo and a picture of your government-issued ID to move forward with this option. You can expect an email from Blugold Card Services ahead of your first semester with more information, and can reach out to 715-836-4070 with any questions or concerns. More information can be found here: https://www.uwec.edu/blugold-card/
  • Finding your Blugold ID Number: Once you've submitted your photo online, you'll be able to pick up your official Blugold Card once you've come to campus. Until that time, you may need to know your ID Number, which we've provided instructions on here.
  • Grabbing your textbooks: Main textbooks for each course are usually available for rental, but some courses have textbooks and other course materials that need to be purchased. If you are renting your textbooks, you may only check out one copy of each book and you may only check out books for courses you are currently enrolled in. Your Blugold ID will be required for all rental transactions.

For frequently asked questions and more general details, go to the Blugold Experience Day webpage.

8. Continue to check your UWEC email and view additional helpful resources.

It's important to routinely check your UWEC email, as it is the main way faculty and staff will communicate with you. You can expect to receive information about move-in, upcoming campus events, ways to get prepared for the semester, and more.

Winter campus mall scene

I love being a Blugold because from the minute I started my freshman year, the Eau Claire campus felt like home! The professors here at UWEC want students to succeed, and I have felt supported and challenged to be the best student I can be. There are so many opportunities being a Blugold has to offer, and I have taken full advantage of them — studying abroad, becoming an RA, and volunteering as a campus ambassador.

Abby Stangler Elementary Education

Apps for Blugolds 

UW-Eau Claire offers free apps to all Blugolds, each offering unique benefits and helpful ways for you to stay connected. 

Navigate Student | Navigate includes important academic reminders, to-do's, schedules and upcoming deadlines specific to you. It is also the primary way to schedule appointments with faculty and staff.

Handshake | Used heavily by our Career Center and employer partners, Handshake allows you to explore work-study opportunities and part-time jobs, discover internships, apply for jobs, and read company reviews — all in one spot.

Blugold Connect+ | Blugold Connect+ was created to provide more of a “one-stop shop” for making connections on campus. The highly intuitive, multipurpose student experience app/platform will maximize ways for students to get connected prior to arriving on campus, throughout their college journey and beyond. Read more about this app's features here.

Each of these apps are free, and can be found in the Google Play Store or in the App Store.

  • Questions

    Need help? We're here! Please email orientation@uwec.edu and someone will get back to you shortly.