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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.

We are here to help you navigate through the initial steps of becoming a Blugold successfully. If you have questions or concerns about the following items, don't hesitate to reach out to our Orientation Team at 715-836-5053 or

1. Activate your UW-Eau Claire account and set up Multi-Factor Authentication (Duo Mobile).

Activating your 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.

Setting up MFA:

Why do I want to set up Multi-Factor Authentication?

The use of Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) adds an additional check to ensure that the person logging into the account is really you. UWEC utilizes the Duo Security System to implement MFA for high-risk data applications.

How do I enroll in Duo as a new student?

Type the following URL into your browser's address bar: - then sign in and select 'add device' to follow set up instructions. Click here for a helpful video walkthrough.

2. Complete your orientation checklist of items.

[1] Placement Testing | 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.

[2] Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Trainings | To create a safe and inclusive campus experience, all new students must complete 3 trainings:, Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Prevention, and Diversity & Inclusion. You can expect an email from ahead of your first semester, and can reach out to that same email with any questions. Failing to complete these trainings may prohibit you from registering for your second semester, so be sure to get them done early on in your first semester.

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.

Helpful tip: More information on your advising support and major options can be found on our website: We recommend reviewing this information before your first appointment so you can be prepared with your questions to ask!

4. Review helpful materials on how to use advising platforms and remove academic holds.

You'll want to make sure and login to CampS to familiarize yourself with the platform, and take care of any academic holds listed below if you haven't done so already (view instructions via links/videos provided). CampS is the platform you will use to sign up for classes, update your contact information, view your grades, and much more! Feel free to jump back to these videos for future semesters; note - there is no sound to the videos. 

  1. Pre-Registration Agreement
  2. E-Communication Hold
  3. Updating your Contact Information Hold
  4. Payment Plan Agreement (PPA) Hold
  5. Using Schedule Builder to Select and Enroll in Classes

Below are also some tips to using CampS:

  • It is easier to view and navigate CampS using a laptop or computer than it is using a mobile device. 
  • Once you're in CampS, you'll find that there are many ways to complete tasks. We find it is usually easiest to complete all of your tasks by starting in the "Tasks" tile, which can be found under the 'Main Menu.'
5. Attend your official virtual program on January 19, 2023.

All transfer students are encouraged to attend their scheduled date of virtual orientation on Thursday, January 19, 2023. This is a follow-up to your academic advising appointment where we have a welcome message from orientation and UWEC leadership, multiple opportunities to connect with advising staff and current Blugolds, a transfer student panel, and more! Stay tuned to your UWEC email for details.

6. Attend an on-campus Blugold Experience Day.

On these days, students and their families are able to 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. Click here for more detail and to register.

Blugold Experience Days are a great opportunity to pick up your Blugold ID and textbooks. Check out these helpful resources to be best prepared when picking up these items:

  • Online photo submission for Blugold ID cards: Students are required to select and upload their own photo and copy of drivers license or government issued ID for their Blugold photo ID card. This allows you to not only pick a photo you like, but also gives you the opportunity to avoid lines and save time when you come in to get your ID card. Simply upload your photo and a picture of your government-issued ID to move forward with this option. You can expect an email from Blugold Card Services ahead of your first semester with more information, and can reach out to 715-836-4070 with any questions or concerns. More information can be found here:
  • Finding your Blugold ID Number: Once you've submitted your photo online, you'll be able to pick up your official Blugold Card once you've come to campus. Until that time, you may need to know your ID Number, which we've provided instructions on here.
  • Grabbing your textbooks: Main textbooks for each course are usually available for rental, but some courses have textbooks and other course materials that need to be purchased. If you are renting your textbooks, you may only check out one copy of each book and you may only check out books for courses you are currently enrolled in. Your Blugold ID will be required for all rental transactions.
7. Review other helpful resources as needed.

Questions about meal plan options and dining options on campus?

Want to get involved with a student organization? 


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
UWEC students cheering at game

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. 

Blugold Connect+

Blugold Connect+ was created to provide more of a “one-stop shop” for making connections on campus. The highly intuitive, multipurpose student experience app/platform will maximize ways for students to get connected prior to arriving on campus, throughout their college journey and beyond. Read more about this app's features here.

Each of these apps are free, and can be found in the Google Play Store or in the App Store.


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