Family and Guest Orientation Information

Information for new students, their families and guests regarding First-Year Registration and Orientation.
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Welcome to the UW-Stout Community!

We're happy your student will be joining us this Fall! Their next step is to attend First-Year Registration and Orientation (FYRO).

FYRO is a required full day program and is when your student will work with their first-year advisor, select their Fall 2023 classes, pick up their UW-Stout laptop, BlueCard, and begin their orientation to UW-Stout! The FYRO experience will be comprised of two steps:

First-Year Registration and Orientation

FYRO comprises two components: 1) Advising and 2) Registration and Orientation. At FYRO, students will work with their advisors to learn more about how to succeed at UW-Stout and select their Fall 2023 classes. Students will also connect with their peers and learn about campus services and resources through presentations and break-out sessions.

FYRO: Next Steps

Before enrolling in classes, students must complete the UW-System Placement Tests in Math and English. Have your student sign up for placement tests prior to selecting their FYRO Date. If your student does not complete their Placement Tests at minimum one week prior to their scheduled FYRO date, they may not be able to enroll in all of their required courses.

Reserve a FYRO Date

  • Have your student check their UW-Stout email for an invitation on or after February 20th!
  • First-Year Registration and Orientation dates are as follows:
    • June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21 or 23
  • Students will be asked to select one of the above dates to attend FYRO. This is a required full-day program, students should select a date that they will be available to attend 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Guests will be separated from their students for the majority of the day and will have their own programming and informational sessions.
  • Lunch is provided for each student + one guest, additional guests can purchase a meal ticket on site.

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, A full guest schedule can be found on the drop-down below.

As a result of attending FYRO we hope that 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.
  • Know that their student will be safe on campus. 
  • Feel excited about their student coming to Stout!
Guest Schedule


9:00 – 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.
  • Paying for School: The Financial aid and Student Business Services offices will explain the financial "big picture" of the college experience such as education costs, and types, action items, timelines, and requirements. They will also cover student billing information that includes reciprocity for Minnesota residents, payment due dates, types of payment accepted and authorized user access.
  • 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

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Students and their guests will meet up during lunch and resource time. 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 Four breakouts below.

  • Financial Advising: Meet individually with our financial aid counselors to learn more about your individual finances and plans.
  • 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. 
  • Transition Tips: Students and their guests have the opportunity to meet with the Dean of Students and hear more about support offices and when to utilize them.
  • 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.


1:30 – 4:40 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 Counseling Center and Prevea 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.

Students will meet their guests for the closing session from 4:10 – 4:40 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Great Hall.

Get Ready for First-Year Registration and Orientation

FYRO Checklist

Review this step by step checklist for items to complete before, during, and after FYRO.