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Join Us at First-Year Registration & Orientation.

We're happy you will be joining us at UW-Stout! Your next step is to attend First-Year Registration & Orientation (FYRO). The information provided below is for students starting in Fall 2024. 

FYRO is a full-day event running from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students should select a date that allows them to be present for the entire day. 

  • Guests are encouraged to attend but are not required.
  • Students and guests will be separated for most of the day.
  • Informational sessions will be provided for both students and guests on college transition, financial aid, and tuition, campus safety, housing and dining services plus much more.
  • Register for classes and receive your laptop!

Invitations will be sent to students UW-Stout email starting February 12. Dates do fill, be sure to register early.

On-Campus FYRO Dates

  • June 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
  • June 17, 18, 19 & 21 
  • June 24, 25, 26 & 28

On-Campus Make-Up FYRO Dates

  • July 18 & 19 (these are full days as described above)

Not able to attend one of the dates listed? That is ok! See the dropdown below for additional options.

Additional FYRO Dates

Additional FYRO Options

Note: Attending the full June FYRO experience or one of the July 18 or 19 make-up dates is highly encouraged!

The full FYRO day includes important information for both students and guests that cannot be covered in a shortened day; however, we know that summers are busy for both students and their families. If you cannot attend one of our full events, we have condensed virtual and in-person options available.


To register for one of these dates, please call (715) 232-4052 or email orientation@uwstout.edu.

Virtual Options

Virtual events will include orientation sessions for students run by our student orientation and registration assistants, followed by meetings with advisors and course registration.

  • Dates: July 16 & 30
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Registered & Ready Events

These in-person, on-campus registration events are meant to get students registered and ready in two hours or less. Students who attend will meet with their advisor, receive their UW-Stout laptops, and enroll in courses. Optional tours will be available but are not included in the 2-hour event schedule.

  • Dates
    • Thursdays: July 11, 18 & 25; August 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Check-in at 12:30 p.m.)

One-on-One Appointments

If none of the above options work for you, please call (715) 232-4052 or email orientation@uwstout.edu to discuss setting up a 1:1 appointment with your first-year advisor. 

What to Expect at FYRO

Students and their guests will be split for most of the day. The goal is that students and their guests get the most out of their experience. Full schedules for both students and guests can be found in the drop-downs below.

As a result of attending FYRO, students will:

  • Connect with peers.
  • Meet their first-year advisor.
  • Understand the academic differences and expectations of college vs high school.
  • Understand their financial responsibilities and how to pay for school.
  • Understand the importance of involvement and how to get involved with student organizations.
  • Feel comfortable with their academic plan
  • Be familiar with campus resources.
  • Feel more comfortable about living on campus.
  • Be excited about starting their time at Stout!

As a result of attending FYRO, guests will:

  • Understand their role in their student’s success.
  • Understand their student’s financial responsibilities and paying for school.
  • Feel comfortable with their student living on campus.
  • Feel comfortable with their student being supported in connecting to their peers.
  • Feel comfortable with their student’s academic plan.
  • Become familiar with campus resources.
  • Know that their student will be supported to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Better understand campus safety and ways their students can remain safe. 
  • Feel excited about their student coming to Stout!
Student Schedule

Morning

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview

8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
During the morning students will meet their peers, meet their first-year advisor as a group, and learn more about their major requirements and registration (which will happen in the afternoon). Students will also have the time to meet 1:1 with their advisor and learn more about campus life and student involvement.


Joint Schedule

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Students will join their guests for a financial session in the Great Hall to learn more about creating a plan to pay for school. Following the financial presentation students and guests will move to the Price Commons for lunch and resources. During this time you will have the opportunity to re-connect, enjoy lunch in our south campus cafeteria, and attend the resource fair and two of the five breakouts below.

  • Financial Advising: Meet individually with our financial aid counselors to learn more about your individual finances and plans.
  • Honors College (SECOND SESSION ONLY. STUDENTS ONLY): Required for all students already enrolled in the Honors College and strongly encouraged for those who are interested. Learn about the spirit of our Honors community, including expectations and requirements. We will also cover details about registering for Honors classes, which you’ll do at the end of the day. Due to space constraints, parents are encouraged to attend the other breakout sessions.
  • Student Services and Resources (FIRST SESSION ONLY): Learn more about Student Support Services, Fostering Success, Multicultural Student Services, and Disability Services. What qualifies you for these programs and how do they help you succeed in college. 
  • On-Campus Employment: Join this session to learn more about employment opportunities available on campus. Learn how to go about applying for employment, how work-study funds work, and hear about the variety of different positions available. This session will also discuss what paperwork students will need to complete with Human Resources prior to beginning on-campus employment.

Students and their guests will be split after the breakout sessions to finish their day. Everyone will split from the lower level of the Price Commons, students and their guests will be divided and brought to their next activity.

Afternoon

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
During the afternoon students will get their Stout BlueCard, be issued their laptop, and enroll in Fall semester courses.

Students will meet their guests for the closing session from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Great Hall.

Guest Schedule

Morning

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview

8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Guests will have the following presentations.

  • Partnering for Success: The Dean of Students will discuss college transition issues including student behavior, safety, opportunities for campus engagement, FERPA, family resources, and more.
  • Life on Campus: In this interactive panel guests will have the opportunity to learn more and ask questions of representatives from the following departments: Housing, Dining, Campus Card, and the Involvement Center.


Joint Schedule

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Students will join their guests for a financial session in the Great Hall to learn more about creating a plan to pay for school. Following the financial presentation students and guests will move to the Price Commons for lunch and resources. During this time you will have the opportunity to re-connect, enjoy lunch in our south campus cafeteria, and attend the resource fair and two of the five breakouts below.

  • Financial Advising: Meet individually with our financial aid counselors to learn more about your individual finances and plans.
  • Honors College (SECOND SESSION ONLY. STUDENTS ONLY): Required for all students already enrolled in the Honors College and strongly encouraged for those who are interested. Learn about the spirit of our Honors community, including expectations and requirements. We will also cover details about registering for Honors classes, which you’ll do at the end of the day. Due to space constraints, parents are encouraged to attend the other breakout sessions.
  • Student Services and Resources (FIRST SESSION ONLY): Learn more about Student Support Services, Fostering Success, Multicultural Student Services, and Disability Services. What qualifies you for these programs and how do they help you succeed in college. 
  • On-Campus Employment: Join this session to learn more about employment opportunities available on campus. Learn how to go about applying for employment, how work-study funds work, and hear about the variety of different positions available. This session will also discuss what paperwork students will need to complete with Human Resources prior to beginning on-campus employment.

Students and their guests will be split after the breakout sessions to finish their day. Everyone will split from the lower level of the Price Commons, students and their guests will be divided and brought to their next activity.


Afternoon

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Guests will have the opportunity to attend the following sessions and activities.

  • Campus Tour: Take a tour of our south campus including the Sports and Fitness Center, Memorial Student Center, Applied Arts and Jarvis Complex, Heritage Hall, and the Library.
  • Student Panel: Hear from our current students about their experience living on campus, attending classes, and everything you wanted to know about life at Stout.
  • Supporting Healthy and Happy Students: Students' mental and physical health is important to our campus, hear from the Student Counseling Center and Student Health Services about the reduced-cost services available to your student.
  • Campus Safety and Security: UW-Stout's University Police Department leadership will provide an overview of what families and guests should know about student safety and security on campus.
  • Additional Optional Sessions TBA

Students will meet their guests for the closing session from 4:00 – 4:30 pm in the Great Hall.

Before You Attend FYRO

UW System Placement Testing

All new first-year students are required to complete the UW-System placement tests prior to course registration. We ask that you complete your exams at least one week prior to your scheduled Registration date. 

Placement Testing information will be sent to students’ UW-Stout email on or after March 15 when the UW-System Placement Test registration site opens.

Software Tools

Download these apps on your phone. These tools will help you to be successful while here at UW-Stout. Once you are enrolled in classes, you will gain access to these tools using your UW-Stout credentials.

  • Canvas Student: Canvas is our online classroom (similar to Blackboard or Google Classroom which you may have used in high school).
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams is a Microsoft tool for meetings similar to Zoom. We will be using Teams for other orientation functions after your in-person FYRO date. You will also likely use Microsoft Teams once you are on-campus at UW-Stout this fall. 
  • Navigate: Navigate is your student success tool which you will use to schedule appointments with your advisor, view to-do items and more!  
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (2-step/Duo): Security is a top priority at UW-Stout and all students are required to use Multi-Factor Authentication. Multi-Factor Authentication, also known as 2-Step Authentication enhances the security of your account by using a secondary device to verify your identity when logging into many of our UW-Stout accounts. This prevents anyone but you from accessing your account, even if they know your password.