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Parents + Guests

We are going virtual!

Welcome to the Blugold family!

We understand this day is really important for you, and therefore have created many opportunities online to learn, engage, and ask questions. You'll get the opportunity to chat with university staff members, have all of your questions answered and connect virtually with other parents and guests.

Hmong and Spanish Speaking families: We have two inclusion interns available during Orientation who would like to offer their assistance and help answering your questions. Grace is our Hmong-speaking inclusion intern and Maria is our Spanish-speaking inclusion intern. For accommodations, please contact or call (715) 836-5053.

Incoming Blugold Family Newsletter – subscribe now!

Check out our bi-weekly Incoming Blugold Family Newsletter for up-to-date information regarding New Student Orientation, upcoming events and webinars designed for our parents and guests, as well as helpful tips for your incoming Blugolds. Click here to view the most recent issue, and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for future issues!

Issue One - July 1
Issue Two - July 15
Issue Three - July 29
Issue Four - August 12
Issue Five - August 27

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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. These are online, not proctored, and free of charge.

Placement tests are now available, and students can register for (using their campus credentials) and complete the exams here.

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

Apps for Blugolds

All first-year Blugolds are strongly encouraged to download the Navigate Student app. Navigate Student is a personalized application designed to help your student adjust and excel during their first year at college. Navigate includes important reminders, to-dos, schedules and upcoming deadlines specific to your student.  

The 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 summer.

Join us on Facebook and connect with other Blugold families!

Our University of Wisconsin-Eau 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!

View our live session recordings!

Throughout this summer, we were able to host virtual sessions with our campus partners for the parents and guests of our incoming Blugolds. We’ve recorded each of our live presentation sessions that occurred virtually during Orientation, and you can feel free to watch each of them below. Be sure to connect with us at with any questions.

Have feedback?

If you've already participated in one of our sessions, fill out this quick survey to give us your feedback!

  • Parent + Guest Panel with UWEC Police, Counseling Services, Blugold Central (with financial aid), Student Health Services and the Office of Multicultural Affairs
    • Please note there were some technical difficulties in the first 5 minutes, which is absent from the recording. Please reach out to Blugold Central (the initial presenter) with questions.
    • Link to recording

Understand Helpful Blugold Resources

Housing and Residence Life

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

Career Services
Student Health Services
Voice and Choir Auditions
  • Is your student interested in being a member of UWEC Choir? Contact Frank Watkins at

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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