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First-Year Retention Programs for Summer Registration Only 

Over the course of your first year at UW-Stevens Point, you will feel that you are a Pointer and that you belong here. You will be involved with the university community through attending events and joining clubs or other outside-the-classroom activities. You will also come to a better understanding about what you would like to study and how to connect with academic resources. Last, you will learn more about yourself as a person and understand what it means to live a responsible and healthy lifestyle on a campus where you can embrace a diverse community of fellow Pointers.    

As a new Pointer, consider participating in one of these first-year programs: 

Semester Program 

  • Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) A living-learning community (formerly called FIGs) is a group of first-year students who live near one another in the same hall and enroll in 2-3 courses together each semester of their first year at UW-Stevens Point.  Each living-learning community has a specific focus to connect students to others with similar interests and academic majors.  LLC participants will receive additional support and guidance from a returning student mentor assigned to work with their specific community – while also having access to all of the academic and personal transition support services available to all students. * Dates & Program Registration

August Programs 

  • Leading Edge is a transition and registration program for new freshman and transfer students with disabilities. This two-day program takes place on the UW-Stevens Point campus a few days prior to the beginning of classes each fall, and is designed as a workshop to provide students with pertinent information about accommodations, support services, procedures, and policies. Leading Edge makes the transition to UW-Stevens Point much smoother. Participants also have the option of completing a four-week, one-credit hour elective informational/hands-on course - Education 106-College Success Skills * Dates & Program Registration 
  • Lead the Pack helps provide First-Year UWSP students with a smooth transition into the college community. In a fun yet challenging environment, students develop leadership skills, form lasting relationships with peers, and learn about college life from current students. Lead the Pack activities are outdoor-based and engaging, leaving participants ready to meet the school year with new friends and with confidence. * Dates & Program Registration

  • Pathways to Point is a great opportunity for you to make a positive transition into college life. Through a fun outdoor group experience, you will make new friends, increase your confidence and self-esteem, gain social outdoor skills, and experience personal growth. Connections you make early in your college experience with university staff and fellow first-year students will promote academic success and personal wellbeing. Trips are co-led by UW-Stevens Point staff & current UW-Stevens Point student. Information about how to sign up for the Pathways to Point program will be included in your first-year orientation materials. * Dates & Program Registration. 


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