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Parents + Guests

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 via live sessions, have your questions answered and concerns addressed, and connect with other parents and guests.

Blugold Preview Days for Student & Families (in-person, on-campus, summer sessions)

Why wait until the the start of the semester to come to campus? By attending a Blugold Preview Day, you won’t have to! During Blugold Preview Days, students and their families can check out the bookstore and pick up textbooks, connect with academic staff and faculty, stop by Davies for lunch (provided!) and even tour your Residence Hall and the rest of our beautiful campus. Want more information? See our specific page here!

Virtual Experience also available for Parents + Families

If you’re not ready to join us on campus just yet, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Blugold Preview Days are also available virtually throughout July and August - designated as our Blugold Preview Virtual Series - so you can login for live session access, webinars, and other fun events!

Check out our ENTIRE Virtual Experience, by enrolling in our public Canvas Course for both students and families. Instructions on how to enroll in this course (you only have to do it once!) can be found here

Previous Sessions: Throughout June 2021, we were able to host a Parent + Family Panel with UWEC campus representatives (housing, dining, financial aid, etc.). Please see our recordings of each of these sessions below.

  • Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 | Session Recording
    • This session recording will expire September 28, 2021. 
  • Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 | Session Recording
    • This session recording will expire October 6, 2021. 
  • Thursday, June 24th, 2021 | Session Recording
    • This session recording will expire October 14, 2021. A note: due to technical difficulties, our welcome from Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management - Billy Felz - was not recorded. Please see that welcome in the other two recordings.

Additional Resources to Help your Student SUCCEED at UW-Eau Claire

Placement tests

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.

Academic Support

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

Apps for Blugolds

All first-year Blugolds are also strongly encouraged to download the Navigate Student app and the Blugold Connect app.

Navigate: 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.  

Blugold Connect: Blugold Connect helps students explore more than 230 UWEC student clubs, organizations and programs — and is their first step in getting involved and meeting other students that share their interests.

Each app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the App Store. Students should download the app as soon as possible, as important messages are communicated through the app throughout the year.

Join us on Facebook and connect with other Blugold families!

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 the enrollment process, 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!

Understand Helpful Blugold Resources

Housing + Residence Life

Check out our virtual tours of the residence halls at UW-EC! Click on the hall page on the left to view each video. 

Career Services

Has your student downloaded the Handshake app yet? Used heavily by our Career Center and employer partners, Handshake allows students to explore work-study opportunities and part-time jobs, discover internships, apply for jobs, and read company reviews — all in one spot.

This app is available in the Google Play Store or in the App Store

Student Health Services

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!

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