Orientation - First Year Students
Welcome to #RangerNation. Your Ranger experience starts here! Your New Student Orientation (NSO) session provides you with the opportunity to meet other incoming Rangers as well as current students and staff, learn about student life at Parkside, and get you registered for classes.
You're almost there! Here are you next steps:
1. Activate your Parkside Account, as you will need this to receive orientation confirmation emails.
2. Review your Math & English Placement if you haven't already.
3. Register for Orientation. All first year students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session.
*Transfer, Adult, & Re-entry/re-admit students should visit the appropriate page for further information on their next steps.
This information is for students starting in the Summer/Fall 2024 term.
We can't wait to welcome you to campus! Please read below for your next steps in committing to UW-Parkside.
*If you are a new student starting in the Winter/Spring 2025, please come back starting September 15 for more information.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
All incoming first year students starting classes in the summer/fall 2024 term are required to attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) session.
All incoming first year students must attend a New Student Orientation in order to begin classes for the semester. New Student Orientation will take place on the following days:
- Friday June 14
- Wednesday June 19
- Friday June 21
- Saturday July 13
- Friday July 26
- Wednesday August 21
*Registration will open on March 1.
A schedule of events for the day will be available starting May 1.
Prior to your New Student Orientation Session, take a moment to review our Pre-Orientation Modules.
Our online pre-orientation modules will help you get ready to attend your New Student Orientation session. Pre-Orientation Modules will be available to complete starting May 1.
Please note, you will need to have your Parkside account activated in order to access the website.
Do you know your English/Math placement? We ask all students review their placement prior to Orientation. You can find information on how to do so on our placement website.
Schedule of Events
You will be able to interact with the following campus departments at your orientation session:
- Advising and Career Center
- Financial Aid
- Residence Life
- University Dining & Ranger Card
- University Bookstore
- Student Health, Counseling, and Accessibility Services
- And many more!
Our schedule for the day will be available starting May 1.
The Transititon Programming fee ($125) is charged to the student's SOLAR account and is part of the $260 New Student Fee. This fee will appear on the student's first tuition bill from the University. Additional information regarding fees can be found on our New Student Fee website.
Family & Guests
Families and guests are more than welcome to attend NSO. Please note that the student orientation and the family/guest orientation are separate but concurrent programs. The cost to attend is $15 per person (2 and under free). These fees will be charged to the students' SOLAR account.
Cancellation & No-Shows
Due to costs incurred by New Student Services, a $35 fee is assessed to students who change their NSO date or cancel later than 8:00 am CST three business days prior to their scheduled session or do not show up for their scheduled Orientation session.
Changes/updates can be made by emailing email@example.com.