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Welcome to the Blugold family!

We understand that your student's orientation experience is really important to you, and so we have created many opportunities to learn, engage, and ask questions. During our orientation experience, you'll get the opportunity to chat with university staff members, have your questions answered and concerns addressed, and connect with other parents and guests.

The Spring 2023 Orientation Experience

It's important for you to know what is expected of your incoming Blugold as they prepare to engage with our orientation process. See details below for the spring semester, and be sure to reach out to us with any questions you may have. Information for Summer 2023 Orientation (for fall 2023 admits) will be available in early February.

  • Part One | Advising + Registration Meetings [virtual] | Students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to register for spring classes, as well as our orientation team to learn more about the transition process to college and academic/student life. These meetings should be between the student, their advisor, and our team. Students will be receiving emails about our process for registration and more, so please encourage them to stay on top of their emails!

  • Part Two | On-Campus Blugold Experience Days [in-person] | Come join us on campus! On these days, students and their families can 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 community, and much more! Programming is subject to change by semester, and registration is required. See our specific page here!

Virtual Parent & Family Panels

During the Summer 2022 experience, we hosted virtual family panels that discussed the orientation process, as well as Housing, Financial Aid, Student Health (and more!), and those recordings are included below as they're helpful. A lot of the information will apply to spring 2023, and you can feel free to reach out should you have any more specific questions to our team at

Parent & Family Session Recordings

Family Panel 1 | Recording Available here (May 18)

Family Panel 2 | Recording Available here (June 9)

Family Panel 3 | Recording Available here (June 20)

How can we help you?

We know that with any new experience, there comes a lot of jargon and information that may be unfamiliar to new students and their families. We've consolidated some of our recent questions from families into larger categories, and have included them below as a start!

What is the process for placement testing?

Make sure your student completes their placement tests as early as possible. All students are required to take placement tests and need to complete them before their orientation date in order to ensure they’re able to register for classes effectively. More information regarding the process for completing placement exams is located on our student pages:

Additionally, click here for more information from our Testing Center.

Explaining important applications your student will need to know.

It's helpful for our Blugold families to recognize and get to know all of the different applications we'll reference in our orientation sessions ahead of the first year. Handshake? The Housing Portal? CampS? Let us explain!

CampS: CampS is an online platform that students will use to update/edit personal contact information, view information on financial aid, and manage several items related to their academics (sign up for classes, view grades, remove academic holds, viewing class schedule, etc.). Students are also able to give their parent/guardian or another trusted person delegated access to their account through the CampS portal.

More information on CampS can be found here

My Housing Portal: the housing portal is your student's one-stop-shop for all things 'residence life.' On this online portal, your student will find their housing applications, receive application updates and notifications, and get their first introductions to roommates once the notices go out.

Navigate (student app): Navigate Student is a personalized application designed to help your student adjust and excel during their first year in college. Navigate includes important reminders, to-dos, schedules and upcoming deadlines specific to your student. Students can download this app from the Google Play store (android) or the App Store (iPhone).

Handshake (student app): 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. If a student is looking for any job (on or off campus) - you'll want to make sure they know about this application. Students can download the Handshake app from the Google Play store (android) or the App Store (iPhone).

Understanding Support from Academic Affairs.

As Blugolds, your students will be empowered and encouraged to find their authentic selves through academic exploration and immersion. Our Academic Affairs department has created a series of videos to further illustrate this point and how you can help your student succeed.

Where can I find additional resources to help my student?
Housing + Residence Life

Check out virtual tours of the residence halls at UW-Eau Claire.

Career Services

When your Blugold is ready, check out out Career Readiness Plan, and our tips for families on supporting your Blugold's career journey.

Family Facebook Group + Family Newsletter

Our University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Parents and Families Facebook page is a virtual community where families can come together to share news and comments in a fun, engaging and informative space. It is also a safe space to ask questions about enrollment, residence life, financial aid, academics, etc. and to connect and interact with one another on experiences that college students are having while they are at their home away from home.

Join our Facebook group!

Also - are you signed up for the Blugold Family Communication newsletter? Each month, we send out an email to let parents and families know about upcoming events, important deadlines and resources available. Sign-up by submitting your email via the link  below!

Student Orientation

Ask us anything

You’d be surprised that a lot of your questions are ones others are asking as well. We have a list with the most popular orientation day questions — see if yours is already answered.

Check out FAQs
UWEC Public Transportation picks up students on campus

Maps + directions

Whether you're touring colleges, coming to campus for an event, or cheering on the Blugolds, we're sure you'll enjoy the view here in Eau Claire. We can't wait to see you on campus!

Find out how to get here


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