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Spring 2022 New Student Orientation

Make your transition into college a smooth one

We're excited to officially welcome you to the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County family!

This year, we’ve prepared the best hybrid Orientation experience to help you learn about life at UWECBC and to connect you with an academic advisor to plan out your first-semester schedule. This will be a blend of both virtual and in-person components. Please follow the checklist below to get started.

Orientation event checklist

Have you activated your account? Have you accepted your admission? Applied for financial aid? View your progress here. See the new student checklist for details.

All students are required to take placement tests, and we currently have on-campus testing on December 10, December 16, January 12, and January 20 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you would like to take an on-campus placement test, have questions about testing, would like to know more, or need accommodations, please contact

  • All students are required to complete the Math and English tests, and if you have had two or more years of French, German or Spanish, take the placement exam for that language.
  • Please note that it takes about one week for tests to be scored and sent to UW-Eau Claire. We highly recommend that you take them as soon as you can, to ensure you're able to register for your classes on time.
  • Online options also exist for testing but these online tests are not proctored and require more processing time. Students must register, using their UWEC-BC email, and complete the exams here. You would need to log in with your campus credentials to complete the registration form before taking the exam. Within two business days of registering (but more likely within a few minutes), you will receive an email from Scantron with a username and password for accessing the exams.

If you have questions about placement testing, please contact

Some of your Orientation experience will be hosted virtually through Canvas, UWECBC’s primary educational platform. You will regularly use Canvas throughout your time at UWECBC, so becoming familiar with the platform now will be helpful for you. This pre-Orientation program must be completed before your scheduled advising date.

  • To access your virtual pre-orientation program, you’ll need to have access to Wi-Fi and a computer. While tablets and phones can also work, there are some platforms that we use that may not be as compatible with tablets/phones.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your technology access before and during orientation, please reach out to us as soon as possible for support. You can email us at and we’ll get back to you promptly with options to ensure a positive virtual experience.

Schedule an in-person or virtual advising appointment. You may choose any advisor.

The on-campus session will start at 1:00 p.m. on January 24, 2022. This Orientation will cover important campus information. You will also get your Student ID, order your textbooks, and have a chance to finish any missing financial aid pieces. After you attend your virtual advising appointment you will be registered for your on-campus Orientation date! More information to come via your UWECBC email.

It's important to routinely check your UWEC email (, as it is the main way faculty and staff will communicate with you. You can expect to receive information about classes, any missing pieces for financial aid, upcoming campus events, and more.

If you have questions or would like to register via phone or email, please contact the Solution Center at 715-788-6244 or

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