Welcome to #RangerNation! Your Ranger experience starts here! Your New Student Orientation (NSO) session provides you with opportunities to build community, help you learn about being a student at Parkside, and guide you through the course registration process. 

You're almost there! Here are you next steps:

1. Activate your Parkside Account, if you haven't already.
2. Take your Placement Test, if you haven't already. Placement exams must be completed at least 48 hours before your New Student Orientation.
3. Register for Orientation. All first year students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session.

This information is for students starting in the Winter/Spring 2023 term.

Information for future terms will be available at a later date.
 

New Student Orientation (NSO)

All incoming first year students are required to attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) session. 

Winter/Spring 2023 New Student Orientation sessions will be held on December 14 & January 24. Registration will open on October 3.

*Haven't taken your placement tests? Please make sure they are complete at least 48 hours prior to your New Student Orientation session.

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 full schedule for the day for both students and guests can be found on our Orientation Schedule Website. The day will begin promptly at 7:30 am with check-in at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Student Center and end by 4:30 pm. Please note, students and guests are separated throughout the day.

Cost

The Orientation and Course Placement 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 in New Student Orientation Policies document.

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 $35 per person ($20 per child 2-11 years old, free for children 2 and under). 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 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 logging back into the database or by emailing orientation@uwp.edu

Questions

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

All incoming transfer students will need to meet with an academic advisor to register for courses. Transfer students will also have the option to attend various on-campus transfer student events. 

Academic Advising & Course Registration

All incoming transfer students will need to meet with an academic advisor to register for courses. Students will have access to the Navigate Student App to complete their advising appointment registration. We ask that all students review our document, Preparing for Your Advising Appointment, to learn how to register for an advising appointment using Navigate. 

*Remember, if you do not have transferable Math or English credit, you must complete placement testing. Testing must be completed at least two weeks prior to your advising appointment. 

Transfer Connection Events

Various optional on-campus events for transfer students will be held to provide students with the opportunity to build community and learn about being a student at Parkside. Registration for our Transfer Connections events are available on our Visit and Admissions Events page. Make sure to check back for more events throughout the summer!

Parkside's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our virtual FAQ site walks students through our most popular questions regarding the transfer process to Parkside and includes valuable information on the following:

  • Using Navigate to register for classes
  • How to obtain a parking pass
  • Living on Campus options
  • Dining Plans
  • How to obtain a student ID
  • Financial Aid
  • Getting Involved
  • Academic Policies & Deadlines 

Click here to access our Parkside FAQ site!

All incoming students will need to meet with an academic advisor to register for courses. Students will also have the option to attend various on-campus transfer/adult student events. 

Academic Advising & Course Registration

All incoming adult/re-entry/re-admit students will need to meet with an academic advisor to register for courses. We ask that all students review our document, Preparing for Your Advising Appointment, to learn how to register for an advising appointment using Navigate. 

*Remember, if you do not have transferable Math or English credit, you must complete placement testing. Testing must be completed at least two weeks prior to your advising appointment. 

Transfer/Adult Student Connection Events

Various optional on-campus events for transfer/adult students will be held to provide students with the opportunity to build community and learn about being a student at Parkside. Registration for our Transfer/Adult Connection events is available on our Visit and Admissions Events page. Make sure to check back for more events throughout the summer!

Parkside's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our virtual FAQ site walks students through our most popular questions regarding the transfer process to Parkside and includes valuable information on the following:

  • Using SOLAR to register for classes
  • How to obtain a parking pass
  • Living on Campus options
  • Dining Plans
  • How to obtain a student ID
  • Financial Aid
  • Getting Involved
  • Academic Policies & Deadlines 

Click here to access our Parkside FAQ site!

Early College Credit Orientation 
High School students who have been approved to participate in the Early College Credit program.

Date for Students starting in Spring 2023

  • TBD

This is the only Orientation date for the Early College Credit program.  You must attend this Orientation date if you will be participating. 

Times
8:30 am-12 pm

*A schedule of events will be available soon.

Location
UW-Parkside Student Center

Course Placement

Any incoming student that has applied and been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to participate in the Early College Credit Program will be placed into their courses based on the guidelines set forth on the Placement Test website. 

Cost
There is no cost to attend Orientation or to take the Placement Test.  

Failure to Attend
Failure to attend will result in being unable to participate in the Early College Credit Program during Spring 2023.

Making a Reservation

Registration will open on December 1.

If you have not activated your NetID and password, please click here for instructions.

 

International Student Orientation

Graduate, Exchange, and Degree Seeking International Students.

ORIENTATION DATE
January 25

TIME

9am - 1pm

All International Students will be asked to complete course registratoin prior to Orientation. More information on course regisration can be found here.

After you have made your flight/arrival arrangements, please share that information with International Student Services.

PLACEMENT TESTING DATE
As Needed| Online

Students that are required to take the Math and English Placement Tests will be notified. All undergraduate degree seeking students and students who DO NOT have transferable Math or English credits will be required to take Placement Testing.  Placement Testing can be done online, register here. You can take the exam on your own time and at your own pace. Please note you must have a secure internet connection.

COST
$125
The Orientation & Course Placement fee is charged to the student's SOLAR account and is part of the $260 New Student Fee.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Email orientation@uwp.edu or call 262-595-2721

NEW STUDENT SERVICES

Phone:
 
262-595-2721
 
Orientation: orientation@uwp.edu 
Placement:  placement@uwp.edu 
Early College Options: eccp@uwp.edu
Address: 

 
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144 
 
Location:  Student Center D105 
Parking: Parking Lot A 
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