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Join Us at First-Year Registration and Orientation

We're happy you will be joining us at UW-Stout! Your next step is to attend First-Year Registration and Orientation (FYRO). The information provided below is for students starting in Fall 2023. 

FYRO is a full-day event running from 7:45 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. Students should select a date that allows them to be present for the entire day. 

  • Guests are encouraged to attend but are not required.
  • Students and guests will be separated for most of the day.
  • Informational sessions will be provided for both students and guests on college transition, financial aid and tuition, campus safety, and dining services plus much more.
  • You will receive your laptop and textbooks.

Invitations will be sent to students UW-Stout email starting February 20. Dates do fill, be sure to register early.


Recommended On-Campus FYRO Dates

  • June 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9
  • June 12, 13, 14 or 16
  • June 19, 20, 21 or 23

On-Campus Make-Up FYRO Dates*

Email orientation@uwstout.edu to request one of these make-up dates.

  • July 20 or 21

Not able to attend one of the dates listed? That is ok! See the dropdown below for additional options.

Additional FYRO Dates

Additional FYRO Options

Note: Attending the full June FYRO experience or one of the July 20 or 21 make-up dates is highly encouraged!

The full FYRO day includes important information for both students and guests that cannot be covered in a shortened day; however, we know that summers are busy for both students and their families. If you cannot attend one of our full events, we have condensed virtual and in-person options available.


To register for one of these dates, please call 715-232-4052 or email orientation@uwstout.edu.

Virtual Options

Virtual events will include two orientation sessions for students run by our student Orientation and Registration Assistants, followed by meetings with advisors and course registration.

  • Dates: July 24 or 25; August 21 or 22 
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Registered and Ready Events

These in-person, on-campus registration events are meant to get students registered and ready in two hours or less. Students who attend will meet with their advisor, receive their UW-Stout laptops, and enroll in courses. Optional tours will be available but are not included in the 2-hour event schedule.

  • Dates
    • Saturdays: June 24 or July 22
    • Thursdays: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24 or 31
  • Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Check-in at 12:30 p.m.)

One-on-One Appointments

If none of the above options work for you, please call 715-232-4052 or email orientation@uwstout.edu to discuss setting up a 1:1 appointment with your first-year advisor. 

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. Full schedules for both students and guests can be found in the drop-downs below.

As a result of attending FYRO, students will:

  • Connect with peers.
  • Meet their first-year advisor.
  • Understand the academic differences and expectations of college vs high school.
  • Understand their financial responsibilities and how to pay for school.
  • Understand the importance of involvement and how to get involved with student organizations.
  • Feel comfortable with their academic plan
  • Be familiar with campus resources.
  • Feel more comfortable about living on campus.
  • Be excited about starting their time at Stout!

As a result of attending FYRO, 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!
Student Schedule

Morning

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
During the morning students will meet their peers, meet their first-year advisor as a group, and learn more about their major requirements and registration (which will happen in the afternoon). Students will also have the time to meet 1:1 with their advisor or select two out of the following three breakout sessions to attend.

  • Academic Success Strategies: Get the most out of your college education, in this session you will hear from current students their best tips for studying, tutoring, study buddies, when to ask for help and whom to go to if you are struggling.
  • Financial Facts: In this session, you will receive the facts about FAFSA, student loans, campus employment, and how to be financially savvy while in college.
  • CONNECTions: Learn about student organizations, the importance of getting involved and making CONNECTions to campus, and finding your CONNECTions outside of the classroom.


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 five breakouts below.

  • Financial Advising: Meet individually with our financial aid counselors to learn more about your individual finances and plans.
  • Honors College: STUDENTS ONLY, offered only at the second session time. Students who will become members of the Honors College will meet to go over their academic requirements and plans prior to enrolling in courses, students only offered 2nd session only.
  • Student Support Services: 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.
  • Dining Dollars and Dietary Needs: Join this session to learn more about selecting the best dining plan for you. Learn about dining dollars and campus cash, where they are used, and how. As well as learn from our dietician ways to eat healthy on campus and where to go if you have specific dietary needs.

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.

Afternoon

1:30 – 4:40 p.m.
During the afternoon students will get their Stout BlueCard, be issued their laptop, and enroll in Fall semester courses.

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

Guest Schedule

Morning

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 three breakouts below.

  • Financial Advising: Meet individually with our financial aid counselors to learn more about your individual finances and plans.
  • Student Support Services: Learn more about Student Support Services, Fostering Success, Multicultural Student Services, and Disability Services. What qualifies you for these programs and how they can 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.
  • Dining Dollars and Dietary Needs: Join this session to learn more about selecting the best dining plan for you. Learn about dining dollars and campus cash, where they are used, and how. As well as learn from our dietician ways to eat healthy on campus and where to go if you have specific dietary needs.

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.


Afternoon

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 pm in the Great Hall.

Before You Attend FYRO

UW System Placement Testing

All new first-year students are required to complete the UW-System placement tests prior to course registration. We ask that you complete your exams at least one week prior to your scheduled Registration date. 

Placement Testing information will be sent to students’ UW-Stout email on or after March 15 when the UW-System Placement Test registration site opens.

Software Tools

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.