Incoming freshmen prepare with orientation, registration

By University Communications
June 7, 2015
Incoming freshmen share a laugh while registering for fall classes at UW-Stout during orientation and registration.

Photo: Incoming freshmen share a laugh during orientation and registration.

The future of University of Wisconsin-Stout began arriving Tuesday, May 19.

About 100 high school students from the UW-Stout class of 2019 came to campus for the first of 11 spring orientation and registration sessions for incoming fall freshmen.

Students had their ID photos taken, registered for classes and met with academic and first-year advisers. They also attended a campus resource fair and were officially welcomed to campus as new Blue Devils.

Collin Rice, only weeks away from his graduation ceremony at Tomah High School, was happy to be at UW-Stout with his mother preparing for the next stage of his life.

"I can't wait to come here, fulfill my dreams and get my degree and move on," said Rice, who plans to major in hotel, restaurant and tourism management. "This school is going to change my life and change my world."

UW-Stout officials expect a large freshman class, about 1,500, with close to 1,400 of them scheduled to take part in orientation and registration. Along with May 19-22, sessions are scheduled June 2-5 and June 10-12.

UW-Stout graduated 1,311 students at commencement May 9.

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The orientation sessions generally are for students who plan to attend UW-Stout, although some students who still are deciding on a university also attend, said Britta Miller, from the Advisement Center who was overseeing orientation activities.

"This event helps students get started. Everybody leaves with a class schedule," Miller said.

Many students attend orientation with their parents, who have their own special activities. One was called Partnering with Families for Success, presented by Dean of Students Joan Thomas, who discussed student behavior, safety and getting involved on campus.

"It's kind of a family orientation too," Miller said.

Payge Clark attended orientation by herself, however, because she's from nearby Woodville and has been to campus many times. She was three days away from her graduation ceremony at Baldwin-Woodville High School.

Clark plans to major in psychology. "I like the polytechnic aspect of UW-Stout. I'm more about hands-on learning. It's exciting to be on campus," Clark said.

Orientation and registration is coordinated by the Advisement Center, with seven advisers, two staff members and 12 student guides.

Fall classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Summer session classes begin Monday, June 8.