Get Ready for your First Year at Stout!

A comprehensive checklist to help you prepare for your First-Year Registration and Orientation and steps to take prior to fall semester.
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Get Ready for FYRO!

Your First-Year Registration and Orientation (FYRO) is almost here! Below are items you will want to complete before attending to ensure the best orientation experience.

Step 1. Complete the UW-System Placement tests for English and Math. You MUST take the placement tests before you enroll in classes, UW System placement testing website.

Placement Testing FAQ

Once you register for the exams:

  • Within two days of completing the registration form, you will receive an email from Scantron with instructions on how to access the test(s).
  • Registering will give you access to all five tests (English, Math, French, German, and Spanish).
    • All students are required to take the English and Math Placement Tests.
    • If you have taken a global language class in high school and plan to continue your studies in that area while attending UW-Stout you are required to take the appropriate global language placement test in that area.
  • The exams will be available on demand and you do not need to complete all of your exam(s) in one sitting. Your web browser must be able to accept cookies, JavaScript, and pop-up windows. It is also recommended that you use the most up-to-date version of your web browser. 
  • The tests will be untimed, but you will be given information about the normal standardized conditions and urged to comply with time limits as best you are able. 
  • Upon completion of the test, you need to click on a button to submit your score(s).  If you do not, your exam will still be open, and no test scores will be sent to UW-Stout.
  • We would prefer that you test on a computer or tablet rather than on a phone. Some parts of the test such as item usage questions and math graphics will be hard to complete on a phone.
  • All students are charged a $30 test fee that will be assessed on your fall semester tuition bill.

FAQs

Will I be charged for testing?

Yes, all students are charged a $30 fee on their fall tuition bill for the UW System Placement exams.

Once I register, how long do I have to take the test? 

Once you’ve registered and received a username and password from Scantron, you have 180 days to complete any tests. After that you will need to re-register for the exams.

I’ve lost my exam log-in information, what should I do?

If you can’t remember your log-in information, you will need to contact the UW-System Placement Testing office at 608.262.5863.

How do I request accommodations for testing?

Accommodations are already included for additional time and large print. If you need other accommodations, please follow the instructions found at https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/specialaccommodations.php.

How long will the placement exams take?

The exams will be available on demand and you do not need to complete all of your exams in one sitting.  You are provided five (5) hours to take each exam. If you leave or log out of a test before finishing, you should log back in and the system will remember how much time was remaining. Upon completing a test, you must submit the exam in order for us to receive your scores.

You will have access to all five tests -English, math, and three world languages- for testing. UW-Stout requires English and math. The world languages are optional and should only be taken if you plan to continue your foreign language education at UW-Stout.

It is important that after each test, you submit your answers to Scantron. Failure to submit your answers could result in a delay of transmission of these scores to UW-Stout and the opportunity to schedule your academic advising appointment.

When should I take the tests? 

New students for fall 2021 may register for the tests beginning March 15, 2021.

Once you’ve registered, and received a username and password from Scantron, you have 180 days to complete any tests. After that you will need to re-register for the exams.

It is recommended that you complete the English, math, and optional world language exams no later than Thursday at noon (12 p.m.) central time for your campus advisor to receive your scores the following week.

Tests should be completed at least 2 weeks prior to your advising appointment to allow for processing.

What technology do I need to have to take the exams?

Our recommendation is that students test on a desktop computer, laptop computer, or tablet, rather than on a phone. Your web browser must be able to accept cookies, JavaScript, and pop-up windows. It is also recommended that you use the most up-to-date version of your web browser. If you are concerned about meeting these technology needs, please complete the accommodations questionnaire and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your technology needs.

How soon after I register for the Placement Exams will I receive information about the online tests?

Within two business days of registering, you will receive an email from Scantron with a username and password for accessing the exams.

What if I have technical difficulties during the test?

Scantron will provide telephone and email support to students during testing. Scantron staff will be available on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding holidays. Voicemail will accept student inquiries outside of these business hours.

When will my scores be available?

Your scores will be shared with you during your academic advising appointment.

Why is it important to take the placement exams seriously?

The UW-System Placement Tests have been shown to be very good at determining what English and Math courses a student should take.  Please be sure to use the knowledge that you currently have to answer the questions.  Using outside resources could result in you placing into classes for which you are not prepared.

What if I cannot take my placement tests before my academic advising appointment?

All students are expected to complete their placement testing prior to enrolling in classes. If you believe you can’t complete your placement tests prior to your appointment, please contact us at advisement.testing@uwstout.edu  or 715-232-1465 to discuss your situation.

 

Step 2. Request official transcripts from any colleges you may have earned credit from while in high school. Have the transcripts sent to the UW-Stout Admissions Office. Send transcripts to:  Admissions Office University of Wisconsin-Stout, 212 Sorensen Hall Menomonie, WI 54751 or admissions@uwstout.edu

  • If you have questions regarding transferring in credits from another institution please review this website

Step 3. Reserve your parking space for your FYRO day. Watch for an email to your UW-Stout inbox after April 1st, with step by step instructions.

Step 4. Come prepared with your questions! You will have the opportunity to meet with various offices including, Financial Aid, Student Business Services, Housing, Dining, Campus Card, Involvement, Career Services and more.

Undeclared or unsure of your major? Review this website.

Want to change your major? Do it now before FYRO! Contact UW-Stout Admissions, admissions@uwstout.edu

 

After FYRO

There are a few things coming up that you will need to complete.

June and July

  1. Check your UW-Stout email daily!
  2. Submit your final high school transcript and official transcripts from ANY other college you may have earned credit through. Information on your high school transcript cannot be used to transfer college credits. Send transcripts to:  Admissions Office University of Wisconsin-Stout, 212 Sorensen Hall Menomonie, WI 54751 or admissions@uwstout.edu
    • If you have questions regarding transferring in credits from another institution please review this website
  3. Watch your email for your housing selection date! This is the day you will pick your room and confirm your roommate.
  4. Complete your online Canvas Orientation course – the first 100 students who complete their course are eligible for prizes.

August

  1. Continue to check your UW-Stout email daily!
  2. Purchase your Parking Permit. Permits will be available starting August 1st from this websitePermits are issued on a first come, first served basis.  Students are encouraged to buy a permit early to guarantee a parking space.
  3. Verify your dining plan and room selection. The last day to make changes is August 1st.
  4. If you missed it in July, submit your final high school transcripts and official transcripts from ANY college credits you may have. Information on your high school transcript cannot be used to transfer college credits.
  5. Watch for an email regarding required online programs that will need to be completed prior to the first day of classes.

Get excited for Week One Orientation! Orientation begins Sunday, September 4th – plan to be  on campus by 3:00 PM to attend activities with your assigned group.

Family and Guest Information

Information for new students, their families and guests regarding First-Year Registration and Orientation.