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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.

The Summer 2022 Orientation Experience

It's important for you to know what is expected of your incoming Blugold as they prepare to engage with our summer orientation process. See details below (paying special attention to our Family Callouts below!) and be sure to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

MAY & JUNE | Family Panels & Advising + Registration Meetings [virtual]

Students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to register for fall 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!

JULY & AUGUST | On-Campus Blugold Experience days [in-person]

Come join us on campus! During Blugold Experience Days, students and their families will be able to tour our beautiful campus and residence halls, attend a resource fair, chat with other staff and students, dine on campus, attend live sessions, check out places in the surrounding community, and much more! See our specific page here!

Family Callout! Virtual Parent & Family Panels

If you wish to learn more about the orientation process and hear from department representatives in Housing, Financial Aid, Student Health (and more!), please attend our virtual family panels that are outlined below. These panels are a combination of presentation/Q&A, and so the information will remain relatively the same outside of the variety of questions from different participants; you only need to attend 1 session.

Family Panel 1 | May 18, 2022 from 6-7:30pm CST

Click here to access the virtual meeting via Zoom

Meeting ID: 967 9093 1574

Passcode: 483855

Family Panel 2 | June 9, 2022 from 6-7:30pm CST

Click here to access the virtual meeting via Zoom

Meeting ID: 977 8284 6151

Passcode: 217654

Family Panel 3 | June 20, 2022 from 6-7:30pm CST

Click here to access the virtual meeting via Zoom

Meeting ID: 983 5237 2946

Passcode: 274906

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 Academic Affairs department has created a series of videos to further illustrate this point and how you can help your student succeed.

Apps for Blugolds

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.  

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.

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.

Family Callout! Join us on Facebook and connect with other families via our 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!

Understand Helpful Blugold Resources

Housing + Residence Life

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

Career 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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