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Transfer Students

Transfer Student Orientation

Congratulations on being admitted to UW-Eau Claire! We are excited to officially welcome you to the Blugold family. Below you'll find some resources and important information to help you acclimate to UWEC.

1. Activate your UW-Eau Claire account.

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

2. Complete placement testing if necessary.

Transfer students will be notified by their Advising Retention and Career Center (ARCC) advisor if placement tests are needed. Should it be determined that you need to complete Placement tests, more detailed information on the transfer student testing process can be found here.

3. Complete a transfer registration appointment.

All transfer students are required to complete a transfer registration appointment before enrolling in classes. You’ll have the opportunity to meet your advisor, learn how your credits transfer to UW-Eau Claire and discuss other campus resources.

4. Complete your pre-orientation program in Canvas.

A part of your orientation experience will be hosted virtually through Canvas, UWEC’s primary educational platform. You will regularly use Canvas throughout your time at UWEC, so becoming familiar with the platform now will be helpful for you. This pre-orientation program must be completed before your scheduled date of virtual orientation in August.

  • You’ll receive an email (to your UWEC account) on July 31, 2022 with more details on how to access your online orientation through Canvas.
  • To complete this virtual pre-orientation program effectively, you’ll need to have access to wifi and a computer. While tablets and phones can also work, there are some platforms that we use that may not be as compatible with tablets/phones.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your technology access before and during orientation, please reach out to us as soon as possible for support. You can email us at and we’ll get back to you promptly with options to ensure a positive virtual experience.
5. Attend your official virtual program on August 24, 2022.

All transfer students are encouraged to attend their scheduled date of virtual orientation on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. We will have an opening from orientation and UWEC leadership, multiple opportunities to connect with advising staff and current Blugolds, a transfer student panel, and more! See your UWEC email for details.

6. Attend our on-campus Blugold Experience Days.

Why wait until the the start of the semester to come to campus? By attending our on campus Blugold Experience Days, you don't have to! During these 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!

Click here for more detail and to register beginning April 4, 2022.

7. Attend our welcome events in the fall!

RecConnect | September 2nd, 2022

RecConnect is a program specific to incoming transfer students. It offers engaging, small group programs that enable you to meet other students transferring to UW- Eau Claire while learning to navigate, engage and become successful on campus. Examples of activities included in the experience are team building, low ropes course, group exercise and competitive sport samplers, campus tour, lunch and more!

Click here for more detail and to register.

Transfer Welcome Social sponsored by Orientation & Tau Sigma | Date TBD in September

Each fall, we host a welcome social for our incoming transfer students in partnership with Tau Sigma, UWEC's National Honor Society for Transfer Students. This is a great opportunity to learn about Tau Sigma and other opportunities for transfer students, grab some refreshments, and connect with other transfer Blugolds and staff.  

Blugold Welcome Events

And of course, we have lots planned for all incoming students during our Blugold Welcome Week of events! While some events are only open to incoming freshman, most are open to all! Check out our schedule here.

As a transfer student, and Eau Claire native, I already had a pretty good idea of how orientation worked. I still learned a lot of valuable information at orientation. The staff worked so hard to make me feel personally welcome and informed me about campus resources. I knew I already loved Eau Claire, but after orientation, I knew that I was going to love attending UWEC too.

Mackenzie Cramer Nursing
BOBfest sign up table

Get Involved

Our students say getting involved is the most important thing you can do as a new student. Some of your best resumé material could come from being in a club or service group and so might some of your best friends. Jump in and try something new.

A whole new world to explore

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 Student is a personalized app all first-year Blugolds are strongly encouraged to download. Designed to help you adjust and excel during your first year at college, Navigate includes important reminders, to-do's, schedules and upcoming deadlines specific to you. It is also the primary way to schedule appointments with faculty and staff. It is recommended you download the app as soon as possible, as important messages are communicated through the app throughout the year.  


Handshake connects you with thousands of employers — and work opportunities — across the globe. 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 of these apps are free, and can be found in the Google Play Store or in the App Store.


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