New Student Success Tips

Tips for successful first-year and transfer students.
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Welcome to UW-Stout! Transitioning to college as a first-year or as a transfer student on a new campus can be challenging. Review our tips for success.

Successful Students Embrace Differences 

We strive to engage with every student and provide them with the information they need to meet their goals. Campus resources are available to assist students with growing their cultural competencies, participate in research, and find programs to assist them understanding the ins and outs of the college experience. 

Student Support Offices

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office

Expanding UW-Stout’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

217 Bowman Hall | edi@uwstout.edu

Disability Services

Creating equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for persons with disabilities.

University Library - Room 120 | disabilityservices@uwstout.edu

Fostering Success

Fostering Success provides guidance and resources for youth who have been in foster care, homeless or orphaned and have interest in pursuing higher education

310 Bowman Hall | mentzelg@uwstout.edu

McNair Scholars program

Preparing first generation/limited income and underrepresented students for graduate school

206 Bowman Hall | wynns@uwstout.edu

Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services (MSS) is committed to inclusive excellence to enhance equity, diversity and inclusivity.

132 Price Commons | mss@uwstout.edu

Student Support Services

Offering tutoring, advising, and other academic resources for students enrolled in this TRIO program.

310 Bowman Hall | sss@uwstout.edu

QUBE

Whether you're new to Stout or you've been here a while, you can find a safe space at the Qube.

121 Price Commons | qube@uwstout.edu

Veteran Services

A community of veterans and services providing you with the camaraderie you came to rely on in the military.

109 Bowman Hall | veteranstudents@uwstout.edu

 

 

Successful Students Get CONNECTed 

Students are encouraged to get CONNECTed to campus through student organizations, campus jobs, service learning, athletics, recreation and leadership opportunities. CONNECT is our campus involvement tool that allows students to search for organizations and events happening on campus.  

Download the CONNECT App by searching your app store or google play for "UW-Stout Connect"

Search for clubs and organizations!
Explore more ways to CONNECT to campus

Not all campus involvement is related to student organizations and events. Students may also be athletes, members of an intramural team, hold a campus job or be part of student research or Honors. Study Abroad is also a great way to be CONNECTed and learn about yourself and other cultures.

Athletics

Our 450 student-athletes compete in 18 varsity sports.

203 Sports & Fitness Center | athletics@uwstout.edu

Campus Jobs

Work Study/ State Payroll/ GPS/ Graduate Assistantship

210 Bowman Hall | finaid1@uwstout.edu

Handshake

All current UW-Stout students have access to Handshake, an online recruiting platform specifically for employers to recruit UW-Stout's top talent. All current students can log in to Handshake using their UW-Stout credentials. 

Financial Aid and Student Employment | finaid1@uwstout.edu

Honors College

Where we embrace your curiosity to help you get the most out of your college experience

University Library - Room 430 | honors@uwstout.edu

Research and Sponsored Programs

We support students, faculty and staff with research efforts, grant funding and applications, IRB protocol, and more.

University Library - Room 107/108 | rs@uwstout.edu

Study Abroad

Preparing students for a global society

70 Harvey Hall | studyabroad@uwstout.edu

University Recreation

URec is your place for lifelong learning and lifetime fitness: houses the fitness centers, climbing wall, intramurals, and sport clubs.

41 Sports & Fitness Center | urec@uwstout.edu

Successful Students Ask For And Accept Help 

Sometimes you might receive a personal contact from a campus resources--instructor, advisor, RA, Honors, or coach offering assistance for a specific reason. Respond and meet with them. 

Students are encouraged to be proactive and take advantage of counseling and health services, tutoring, advising, and other academic resources to help them be successful. 

Learn more about campus resources

Advisement Center

A campus resource for students in the areas of academic advising, career development, and student transition.

Meet Your Advisors

130 Bowman Hall | advisement@uwstout.edu

Counseling Center

Dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, and relational health and development of all UW-Stout students.

410 Bowman Hall | counseling@uwstout.edu

Disability Services

Creating equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for persons with disabilities.

University Library - Room 120 | disabilityservices@uwstout.edu

Helping Hand Food+ Pantry

We believe that food access should not be a barrier for someone to get an education.

9A Administration Building | foodpantry@uwstout.edu

Prevea Student Health 

Students are eligible for medical services if they are an enrolled UW-Stout student.

103 1st Ave. West | Appts: (715) 232-1314

Technology Help Desk

The Technology Help Desk assists UW-Stout applicants, students, faculty and staff with their technology needs.

109 Sorensen Hall | techdesk@uwstout.edu

Tutoring

UW-Stout offers a wide variety of online and in-person academic support and tutoring services. Below is the most up to date list of free academic support and tutoring available. If you cannot find the resources you need, contact the instructor of the course in which you are looking for support. 

University Library

Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center

Veteran Services

A community of veterans and services providing you with the camaraderie you came to rely on in the military.

109 Bowman Hall | veteranstudents@uwstout.edu

Successful Students Go To Class 

It is important that students attend class regularly, are in communication with their faculty members, and know where they stand academically. 

explore academic requirements and planning tools

Utilize Academic Services

Academic Services

Be aware of the services available to you and utilize them when you need them. 

Registration and Records

Registration & Records website containing forms and academic policies and procedures

109 Bowman Hall | registrar@uwstout.edu

Academic Calendar

Know the semester calendar and be prepared for mid-terms, advisement day and breaks.

Academic Status

Understand academic expectations and consequences.

General Education

Know the university requirements for general education, racial and ethnic studies, and global perspective.

Grading

Faculty members are responsible for providing a grade (based upon the officially approved grading symbols) for every student enrolled in their classes

Important Dates and Deadlines

Know the important dates and deadlines! 

Program Requirements

Check your grades in Canvas often and know the academic requirements for your individual courses, program and for the university.
 

Successful Students Manage Their Budgets 

It is important to understand how to pay for your education, what assistance is available, and how to manage your budget while in college.

Learn more about Budgeting tools

Financial Wellness

The more you learn and integrate financial wellness into your life, the more prepared you will be during and after your education at UW-Stout.

iGrad

Reach your financial goals one step at a time Join iGrad, a personal finance program provided by UW-Stout.

Financial Aid and Student Employment

The Financial Aid Office is here to support you in understanding and navigating the financial side of attending college.

210 Bowman Hall | finaid1@uwstout.edu

Student Business Services

We're here to help you understand your account, set up your eRefund, and make tuition payments.

125M Administration Building | sbservices@uwstout.edu

Tuition, Fees and Payments

See current UW-Stout tuition rates for undergraduates, graduates, and customized instruction.

Tuition Payments and Due Dates

Tuition payment due dates, options for making payments, and how to set up guest access.

Stout Foundation Scholarships

Making college affordable for students

Contact | hangartnerc@uwstout.edu

Successful Students Know The Important Dates And Deadlines 

To be successful as a student you need to manage your time well. Utilize a planner or your outlook calendar and be sure to add important dates such as the last day to add classes, the last day to drop classes and exam weeks.

View links for important dates and deadlines

Enrollment And Academic Dates And Deadlines

Registration and Records

Registration & Records website containing forms and academic policies and procedures

109 Bowman Hall | registrar@uwstout.edu

Academic Calendar

Know the semester calendar and be prepared for mid-terms, advisement day and breaks.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Know the important dates and deadlines! 

Financial Dates and Deadlines

Student Business Services

We're here to help you understand your account, set up your eRefund, and make tuition payments.

125M Administration Building | sbservices@uwstout.edu

Tuition, Fees and Payments

See current UW-Stout tuition rates for undergraduates, graduates, and customized instruction.

Tuition Payments and Due Dates

Tuition payment due dates, options for making payments, and how to set up guest access.

Successful Students Connect With Other Blue Devils 

Get to know your peers but also take advantage of current students, they are a wealth of knowledge! 

UW-Stout has partnered with Mentor Collective to enhance students' first-year experience. Incoming students can choose to be paired with an upper-class mentor who is ready to listen, inspire, and help navigate UW-Stout. Stout MentorLink is a win-win for students and mentors alike. Mentors share their experiences and develop leadership skills while helping incoming students navigate their first year on campus.

Stout MentorLink

UW-Stout's first-year peer-to-peer mentoring program

11 Bowman Hall | warddar@uwstout.edu

Successful Students Stay On Campus 

Living on campus is a requirement for new first-year students during their first and second year on campus. Did you know, that the first six weeks are the most impactful in students deciding to stay at a university? It is important to stay on campus those first few weeks to establish your community, your peer group and create meaningful connections to your new campus.

Learn more about life on campus

University Housing

In University Housing we strive to provide an environment of personal growth and support that also respects individual needs and differences.

170 Price Commons | housing@uwstout.edu

University Dining

Welcome to University Dining where great food brings the campus together.

160 Price Commons | dining@uwstout.edu

Campus Card

Campus Card issues campus IDs, provides information on meal plans, and helps students manage their accounts.

110 Price Commons | campuscard@uwstout.edu

Student Centers

The Memorial Student Center is a community that allows you to find your place while at UW-Stout and get through the busy days of college life.

Successful Students Utilize Technology Tools 

The university uses many technology tools Canvas in the classroom, the CONNECT app for staying CONNECTed to campus, the Navigate app to schedule appointments with your advisors and manage your to-dos and more!

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The first tip to success is to CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Your UW-Stout email account is the universities official communication tool. This means anything pertaining to grades, alerts, emails from your advisor, faculty members, and the campus will go to your UW-Stout email account. Be sure you are checking it daily (even twice per day).

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.  

 

Successful Students Plan For Their Degree 

When in doubt, ask your advisor! Students should meet with their advisor regularly. Create a plan with your advisor, learn about your degree requirements and stick to it.

Advisement Center

A campus resource for students in the areas of academic advising, career development, and student transition.

Meet Your Advisors

130 Bowman Hall | advisement@uwstout.edu