First-year students prepare for a fresh start at UW-Stout

Members of class of 2022 get set for fall semester with registration, orientation
Elsbeth Bandli attends UW-Stout’s first-year orientation Tuesday, June 5, with her mother, Jill Bandli. Part of the orientation is the resource fair that shares activities and opportunities on campus for students./UW-Stout photos by Brett T. Roseman.
Pam Powers | June 6, 2018

Elsbeth Bandli experienced a beginning and will go through an ending all in one week.

On Tuesday, June 5, she signed up for classes to become an art education major at University of Wisconsin-Stout as part of registration and orientation. On Friday, June 8, she graduates from Sun Prairie High School.

“I came to UW-Stout for a tour, and I got to know the art education program director Tami Weiss,” Bandli said. “I just kind of felt right at home. I really like the art building and being at a smaller school.”

Orientation sessions help first-year students get started on their college careers and sign up for classes, as well as meet people on campus.

About 145 students attended registration and orientation June 5, the first of a dozen such days scheduled on campus in June. A total of 1,356 students are signed up, although that number changes as students make final decisions about which colleges they will attend. About 550 first-year students were scheduled to attend June 5-8, with more to follow June 19-22 and June 26-29.

Registration for the fall semester remains open. Contact Admissions at 715-232-1232, 800-447-8688, admissions@uwstout.edu or go to www.uwstout.edu/admissions.

Move-in day at the residence halls is Sunday, Sept. 2. The first day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Bandli, a Stout Scholars recipient eligible for a $5,000 scholarship up to four years or $20,000, said a lot of people were willing to help her through the orientation process, which included registering for fall classes, being issued ID cards, learning how to get involved on campus and touring a resource fair in the Memorial Student Center. The fair featured faculty and staff explaining a variety of opportunities, including academic, recreation, performing arts and civic engagement.

“I was really nervous about today, especially meeting my roommate for the first time, and I was nervous about choosing my classes,” Bandli said, noting she wants to get involved in dance ensemble. “I am really excited to be on campus and to be on a campus that is really relevant to what I want to do.”

Bandli attended registration with her mother, Jill Bandli, who said everyone who spoke about UW-Stout during orientation calmed her nerves as they talked about the community and caring for the students. “My level of comfort built with the different speakers every time,” Jill Bandli said.

The orientation sessions help first-year students get started on their college careers and get signed up for classes, said Britta Miller, UW-Stout’s new student orientation and commencement coordinator.

“We treat them like students already,” Miller said. “They get a chance to meet people, their adviser and learn about classes and getting involved on campus.

“The transition to college can be scary,” Miller added. “We want them to be comfortable and confident in their decision to choose UW-Stout. We are excited to have new students here. It is just as exciting for us as them.”

Another incoming first-year student, Burke Anderson, of Eagle River, registered for classes two days after graduating from Northland Pines High School. He plans to major in engineering technology with a concentration in plastics. He said the quick change from graduating to enrolling in college was a bit surreal.

First-year student Burke Anderson says UW-Stout feels like home to him and that is why he chose to attend the university. Anderson talks with UW-Stout sports information director Layne Pitt at the resource fair.

Yet, he feels comfortable at UW-Stout. “It felt most like home,” Anderson said, when asked why he chose the university. “I just like the feeling of campus.”

Many students attend orientation with their parents or a family member. The half-day of activities includes special sessions for family. Those sessions often mimic orientation for students.

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

Summer session classes at UW-Stout begin Monday, June 11.

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Orientation sessions help first-year students get started on their college careers and sign up for classes, as well as meet people on campus.

First-year student Burke Anderson, center, says UW-Stout feels like home to him and that is why he chose to attend the university. Anderson talks with UW-Stout sports information director Layne Pitt at the resource fair.