First Year Registration and Orientation

First Year Registration and Orientation is a required full one-day program which includes registration for classes and sessions about important campus services such as housing, dining and parking, and a chance to make new friends!

Starting in mid-March accepted new freshmen will be sent an e-mail (to both their UW-Stout account and personal account) from The Advisement Center. In it they will find instructions for completing the First Year Registration and Orientation Survey, which includes selecting a date to attend the program.


Arrange for your Registration and Orientation Date 

• Activate UW-Stout E-mail Account

Completing the Registration and Orientation Survey will require the same username and password used to login to your Stout e-mail account.If you have not activated your Stout e-mail account yet, please do so.You will need to know your 7-digit Stout ID number and your birth date.If you do not know your ID number, please call the Admissions Office at 715/232-4070 or e-mail

Activate UW-Stout e-mail account


• First Year Registration and Orientation Survey

The link to the First Year Registration and Orientation Survey is accessible only from the e-mail sent to you.Your responses will be used by First Year Advisors to prepare a list of appropriate courses to take in your first semester. Questions include options for participating in a Learning Community.

• Options for Dates

Your responses include the selection of three dates when you are available to attend the program.The dates for First Year Registration and Orientation are:

May 20, 21, 22

June 3, 4, 5, 6

June 17, 18, 19, 20

August 15

Within one week of submitting your survey you will receive confirmation of your date. Check your personal calendar for other commitments and select dates when you can attend the full day program. Leaving early is not an option; you will be asked to reschedule.

• Required Placement Testing

Registration for courses in English and Mathematics is determined by the results of the Wisconsin English and Mathematics Placement Tests (WEPT and WMPT). See information about these tests, a list of test sites and dates, and a test registration link at Placement testing should occur at least two weeks prior to your Registration and Orientation date in order for results to be available at registration. Students who have or expect to earn college credit for English and/or Mathematics courses (i.e. through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program, College in the Schools) are exempt from placement testing.

Foreign language testing is optional but encouraged for students who wish to take a language course.


What to Expect from the Registration and Orientation Program

• Academics

Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn about general education and diversity requirements, technical and professional course requirements, the registration process, and how a typical college day/week/semester is structured.


• Services

The Resource Fair (8:00am-9:00am) and individual information sessions will be aimed at acquainting students and parents with campus services such as housing, dining, your campus ID card, financial aid, bill payment, campus employment, study abroad, student involvement, career services, counseling services, health services, and campus safety and security.

• Significant Activities

  • Meet other new freshmen and make new friends!
  • Learn about campus services.
  • Learn about degree requirements.
  • Meet your First Year Advisor, who will help you register for classes, and advise you during your first year.
  • Meet the Program Director of your major.
  • Register for classes (fall semester only). Make sure you've taken the Placement Tests.
  • Learn about the differences between high school and college.
  • Eat lunch in the residence hall dining facility.
  • Visit the University Bookstore.
  • Tour the campus; see a sample residence hall room.
  • Get your photo taken for campus ID card.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my family with me?

Yes!Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you.


What time does the Program begin?  I live far away; should I come to Menomonie the night before?

The program begins with the Resource Fair at 8:00am. This is your time to visit with individual representatives of our campus services to ask questions, pick up freebies, and enjoy a continental breakfast.You are encouraged to come to Menomonie the night before, especially if you live a long distance away, so that you are fresh for the full-day program. Rooms will be available in a residence hall during the June and August dates only.Check the University Housing website for details. If you prefer a hotel, see the listing for Menomonie lodging options.


Are any meals provided during the day?

Yes, a continental breakfast will be served in the morning during the Resource Fair (8:00am-9:00am), and each student and a guest will be given a ticket for lunch in the dining hall. Additional lunch tickets may be purchased on that day.


I want to change my major (or I’m ready to declare one); when can I do that?

There is a question in the First Year Registration and Orientation Survey that allows you to request a change of major, or you may contact the Admissions Office in writing at Please include your full name and 7-digit Stout ID number.


Are my AP credits (or other college credits earned in high school) transferable?

Qualifying scores on AP and IB final exams are transferrable for college credit. AP grade reports should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the College Board, and IB transcripts must be sent from the IB Organization. College level courses taken while in high school may also be transferable. Official transcripts should be sent the Admissions Office upon completion of courses and posting of grades.


I’m no longer able to attend Registration and Orientation on the date I selected.  How do I change it?

Please contact the Advisement Center at 715/232-1465 or by e-mail at


What should I bring with me to Registration and Orientation?

  • Bring your driver's license or other government-issued official form of photo identification.
  • Bring paper and pencil for note-taking.
  • Bring a sweater or light jacket and umbrella in case of rain.