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Admitted First-Year Student

Congrats! You're almost a Blugold

You've been accepted and are on the road to becoming a Blugold. There are some things to do before joining your fellow Blugolds on campus.

We'll walk you through the steps below, but if you want to track the progress of your completed next steps, just log into MyBlugold CampS and view your Student Guide completion checklist. (Before you can do this, you must first activate your account. See STEP 1: Activate your account.)

STEP 1: Activate your account

To activate your account, you will need your username and campus ID, which are found in your admit letter or application acknowledgment email.

Activate your account

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STEP 2: Submit your enrollment deposit

After being admitted and activating your account (See STEP 1: Activate your account), log into MyBlugold CampS and follow the steps below:

  1. Select Pay Enrollment Deposit from the menu on the left-hand side. 
  2. Select Make a Payment.
  3. Indicate the term to which you were admitted.
  4. Select whether you are a first-year or transfer student.
  5. Select how you wish to pay your deposit(s). NOTE: If you plan to stay in the residence halls, you can pay your $75 housing deposit at the same time you pay your enrollment deposit.

Submit your enrollment deposit

IMPORTANT! Submitting your enrollment deposit is important as Orientation information is only sent to deposited students beginning in mid-March. Deposits are refundable with a written notification postmarked or emailed by May 1 for Fall/Summer and by November 15 for Winter/Spring. To request a waiver for economic hardship or inability to pay, call 715-836-5415 or email

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STEP 3: Submit housing deposit + apply for housing

Check out the Housing and Residence Life page to learn more about your residence hall options and packing suggestions! Priority for housing assignments is based on your housing application submission date. Students are guaranteed on-campus living if the application and deposit are submitted by May 1. You will have your housing assignment prior to Orientation in June.

Both steps below are required to secure your spot in the residence halls.

  1. Submit your $75 housing deposit. (See STEP 2: Submit your enrollment deposit)
  2. Submit your housing application.

Questions? Contact Housing at or call 715-836-3674.

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STEP 4: Apply for scholarships

Dec. 1 - Priority Deadline
Feb. 1 - Final Deadline

Admitted new first-year students who meet minimum scholarship criteria at the point of admission and are accepted by the Feb. 1 application deadline must fill out the separate Admissions scholarship application to apply. Eligible new first-year students admitted by the Dec. 1 priority application deadline may be considered for early awards. Students receiving scholarships will be notified by the beginning of April of their high school senior year.

Visit our scholarships page

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STEP 5: Apply for financial aid

Mar. 15 - Priority Deadline

To be considered for financial assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form found at You may begin completing the FAFSA on October 1 of your senior year. Submit your FAFSA by March 15 to receive a financial aid package prior to May 1 (our enrollment deposit refund date). For those who apply for financial aid earlier, we will begin sending out financial aid packages in December or January. 

Questions? Contact Blugold Central at or 715-836-3000.

NOTE: Your financial aid package may not reflect all incoming scholarships. If you haven't applied for scholarships, please refer to the scholarships page to learn more about eligibility, deadlines, and the application process. For questions about scholarships, call the Admissions Office at 715-836-5415.

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STEP 6: Register for music auditions, if applicable

Students intending to major or minor in music need to complete a placement and scholarship audition before enrolling. Visit the music website for information on audition schedules and how to register. Audition early, as the Music Department uses a rolling admissions system. Questions? Contact the Music Department at or call 715-836-4954.

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STEP 7: Register for Placement Testing

We know many of you have questions about your placement tests for 2020 New Student Orientation. The Center for Placement Testing is creating online, not proctored placement tests that will be available by June 1.

Learn more about Placement Testing

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STEP 8: Register for Orientation

New Student Orientation one-day sessions and course registration for new first-year students will take place in June. Students who have paid their $100 enrollment deposit will receive detailed information about Orientation in late March and will be able to sign up for a date in early April. Before you attend Orientation, be sure to send an official transcript for any college work in progress or completed so you can get the best advice on what courses to select. Sign up for one of the required one-day programs in June!

Learn more about Orientation

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STEP 9: Submit test credit, if applicable

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, send the official scores to the Advising, Retention and Career Center for evaluation.

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STEP 10: Apply for Minnesota Reciprocity, if applicable

The current reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin enables a Minnesota resident to attend Wisconsin public institutions of higher education at rates approximating tuition prevailing in the Minnesota State University System. To receive this reduced tuition, apply using the Online Tuition Reciprocity Application. If you have questions about reciprocity, contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at 800-657-3866.

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STEP 11: Send us your official test score(s)

Before the first day of classes, you will need to send official ACT or SAT scores from the testing agency. (If you applied test-optional, you do not need to send official test scores.) Please note that the test score listed on your transcript is not an official score report. To request an official ACT score, visit the ACT website; to request an official SAT score, visit the SAT website. (UW-Eau Claire's ACT code is 4670; SAT code is 1913.)

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STEP 12: Submit final transcript(s)

After graduation, submit an official high school transcript for a review of your senior grades and certification of graduation. In order to gain college credit for any college coursework taken in high school, send a final official transcript from the college/university you took the course(s) through. All transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office prior to June orientation for best advising. Altering or failing high school or college coursework could result in cancellation of your admission. For a look at how credits will transfer, visit our Transfer Credit Wizard.

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STEP 13: Prepare for move-in + first day of class

Move-in dates will be determined once the decision from UW System is made regarding fall class structure. Information will be emailed or continue to check for updates here.

Fall semester begins on September 2, 2020.

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STEP 14: Download these apps

UW-Eau Claire offers three 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 summer. 

The Navigate Student app is free and can be found in the Google Play Store or in the App Store.

Blugold Connect

Blugold Connect helps you explore more than 230 UWEC student clubs, organizations and programs — and is your first step in getting involved and meeting other students that share your interests. Download the app to stay in the know regarding upcoming events and happenings related to your chosen extracurriculars. 

Blugold Connect is free and can be found in the Google Play Store or in the App Store.


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, discover internships, apply for jobs, and read company reviews — all in one spot. 

Handshake is free and can be found in the Google Play Store or in the App Store.

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