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First-Year Transition Programs for Summer STAR 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 transition programs: 

Semester Program 

  • Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) A living-learning community 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
  • The Learning Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP) is a peer-mentoring and orientation program for first-year UWSP students. Mentors will reach out to LEAP students starting in early July, then students will come to campus on August 24th for a week of programming before their first semester starts. During the week students will learn about the differences between high school and college life, will discuss college success skills, and will be introduced to resources on campus. During the semester, students will continue to work with their mentors and will take a 1-credit college success skills class. To apply now, click here.
  • FastTrack Summer Math and Adventure Program is a summer opportunity for incoming students that focuses on increasing math ability (before classes start in the fall) for students placing into Math 90 or Math 95. This program comes in two formats – Hybrid (Space is Limited) and Online-Only (Unlimited Number of Spaces).  The Hybrid FastTrack format starts with an online course, but culminates in a one-week in-person camp that focuses on adventure, team-building, student support, and increasing math ability (including a retest on the final day of camp).  The Online-Only format consists of an online math course and a retest session. *Dates and 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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