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 your 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. Students can register for a session by clicking a date below:

Friday June 14: Session closed

Wednesday June 19: Session closed

Friday June 21: Session closed

Saturday July 13: Session closed

Friday July 26

Please note, your New Student Orientation hold will be removed after you attend your New Student Orientation session. 

Please review our schedule of events for the day!


**Incoming Student Athletes

If you are an incoming student athlete to UW-Parkside, please note that we ask that you attend one of the first three available New Student Orientation sessions on either Friday June 14, Wednesday June 19, or Friday June 21. If you are unable to attend one of these orientation sessions, please email Amanda Johnson, Athletic Academic Advisor, at johnsoa3@uwp.edu to make other arrangements. 

Alternate New Student Orientation Options

Do you live 4+ hours away from UW-Parkside? If so, you qualify to attend our New Student Orientation session on Wednesday August 21.

Our New Student Orientation sessions on Wednesday August 21 is reserved for students who live 4+ hours from campus so they can attend New Student Orientation and also move-in to their residence hall. Students will be able to meet virtually with an advisor prior to attending orientation to register for classes before arriving. 
If you live 4+ hours from campus and would like to register for this the August 21 New Student Orientation session, please email us at orientation@uwp.edu and we will manually register you for the session.


Pre-Orientation Modules

Prior to your New Student Orientation Session, take a moment to review our Pre-Orientation Modules to help prepare you for Orientation.

Pre-Orientation Modules

Please note, you will need to have your Parkside account activated in order to access the website.

Placement Information

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!


Please review our schedule for the day. There are optional morning sessions for guests and students to attend. All required programming begins promptly at 12:30pm.


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 $25 per person (18 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 $25 fee is assessed to students who change do not show up for their scheduled Orientation session. 

Changes/cancellations can be made by emailing orientation@uwp.edu



Should you have questions about NSO or your next steps please contact us at orientation@uwp.edu or by phone at (262) 595-2721.

Student Engagement & Connection

Phone: 262-595-2721
Orientation: orientation@uwp.edu 
Placement:  placement@uwp.edu 
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144 
Location:  Student Center L104
Parking: Parking Lot A 
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