New Student Orientation FAQs - Freshmen
Why is Orientation a two-day program?
New student orientation at UWSP takes place over two days for a number of reasons, specifically with regards to class registration. In order to better assist you in registering for classes, we give you the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser at two different times during orientation: once on Day One to plan out your first semester and again on Day Two to finalize your schedule. We offer in-person class registration to ease any apprehensions and ensure that you leave campus with a full schedule of courses that fulfill your major and graduation requirements. In addition, the two-day session allows you to take care of everything necessary prior to your first semester including finalizing your class schedule, receiving your student I.D. card (Pointcard), applying for your parking permit (if applicable), learning how to set up your email account, and much more.
How long does Orientation last on both days?
Program check-in on Day One begins at 7:45am in the Noel Fine Arts Center (NFAC), with the program officially beginning at 8:45am and continuing until 7:00pm on Day One. On Day Two, the program will begin at 8:00am in the Dreyfus University Center (DUC) and continue until 1:00pm.Am I required to purchase meals and lodging with the program?
You are welcome to request
lodging and meals as part of the Orientation program but you are not
required to purchase meals and lodging. Overnight lodging ($18 per person per evening) will be
provided in Baldwin Hall and meals ($20 per person) will be provided at the Debot Dining Center, an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility with many options. Lunch and dinner on Day One as well as breakfast on Day are included with the meals. If you prefer, you are welcome to arrange your own accommodations at a local hotel or dine on your own. More information can be found at the Stevens Point Visitor Bureau.
Am I required to pay a fee for Orientation?
All students pay a $175.00 matriculation fee that, in part, covers the costs of the Orientation program. These costs include all materials provided for students and parents, the continental breakfast on Day One, all refreshment breaks, on-campus parking, and Orientation staff. This fee is added to the student's first semester tuition bill. In addition to covering Orientation programming costs, the fee
is used to fund Convocation and Commencement ceremonies, and First Year
Experience expenses.Do I need to send payment when I mail in my Orientation registration form?
You only need to send payment with your Orientation registration form if you choose to purchase meals and lodging. At this time we are unable to process debit or credit card payments; please send payment by check or money order (cash is acceptable but not preferred) if purchasing meals and lodging for student, parent(s), and/or guest(s). Please note that you do not need to pay the $175.00 matriculation fee to register for Orientation as this fee is added to the student's first tuition bill.
Which Orientation date should I attend?
you register for Summer Orientation, you will be able to list three
possible orientation dates (you will be placed into the first available
session). Check your schedule as well as that of your parents and
choose session dates accordingly. Make certain that you can stay until 7:00pm on Day One and until 1:00pm on Day Two of the sessions you choose.
What if I need to change or cancel my Orientation date?
If you need to change or cancel your session date, you may contact the New Student Programs Office at (715)346-4164, and we will try our best to accommodate you. Please note that if a student does not show up for their scheduled Orientation session, he or she will be automatically placed in the last Orientation session in July.
Can I receive a refund if I cancel my attendance at Orientation?
Please note that we are only able to provide a full refund of Orientation fees paid (paid ahead for meals and lodging) only if you notify the New Student Programs office at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled Orientation session.
What if I am unable to attend Orientation this summer?
You are required to attend one of the ten Orientation sessions offered in June or July. Please contact the New Student Programs Office at (715) 346-4164 if you have a conflict.
What if I would like to attend Orientation with a friend?
If you wish to attend Orientation with a friend, you will need to coordinate with your friend's schedule. When you register, please mail in your registrations together to ensure that you will be placed in the same session. If you plan to stay overnight in the residence halls during the program, please indicate on your registration form that you wish to room together.
What should I bring to Orientation?
- Bring a pencil and/or other writing utensil if you wish (for the written portion of the English placement test administered on the morning of Day One and for taking notes throughout the program as needed).
- Dress for the weather (check weather conditions prior to traveling to campus)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Government issued form of photo identification (you will need this in order to get your student I.D. card)
- Anything needed for an overnight stay if you will be staying overnight in Stevens Point
Are parents required to attend?
Parents are not required to attend but we strongly encourage parents to attend as the two-day session is informative and anxiety-reducing for many parents. Parental involvement in orientation is important for the support it provides your student but also for the information tailored specifically to your questions and concerns. We address academic requirements, degree planning, academic advising, academic support programs, billing, health and counseling services, career counseling, dining options, residence hall living, rules and regulations, safety issues, and adjustment to the University environment. You will also be able to meet with faculty, staff, and students, as well as other parents.
Is it mandatory to stay overnight in the residence hall during the Orientation program?
No, it is not required that students or parents stay on campus during Orientation. However, it is recommended that students stay overnight in the hall if they plan to live on campus in the fall in order to get the initial experience of living in a residence hall community.
Do parents and students stay in the residence hall together?
All Orientation guests, including students, parents, and other guests stay overnight in Baldwin Hall. Students will be roomed with other students of the same gender. Parents/guests will be roomed together as requested or if they are attending Orientation together with their student. If a parent will be attending alone, he/she will be roomed with another parent of the same gender in Baldwin Gall. Where do I park when I arrive on campus?
you arrive on campus for Day One, please plan to park in Lot P. Upon
arrival, you will be greeted at the entrance of Lot P by a New Student
Peer Mentor who will provide you with your parking permit that you may
use during the duration of the session. Lot P is conveniently located
across from Baldwin Hall and within walking distance from the Noel Fine
Arts Center. Please note that you may also use your parking permit to
park in Lot X on Day Two. Lot X is significantly closer to the Dreyfus
University Center, where the program will take place on Day Two. You
can find parking lot and building locations on the campus map.If I am staying an extra night in the residence hall, what time can I check in?
You will be able to check in at the Baldwin Hall front
desk between 6:30pm and midnight the night before the session begins.
When you check-in at Baldwin, you will also receive a 3-day parking permit
for Lot P/Lot X so that you may park in Lot P/Lot X for the remainder of the
If I do not want to stay in the residence hall overnight, what are my other options?
If you prefer to stay in a local hotel, a listing can be found at http://www.spacvb.com/hotels.html