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FAQ about NSR

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) about New Student Registration and Placement Testing.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is New Student Registration?

New Student Registration is a day for incoming new students and their parents/guests to learn more about the transition to UW-Platteville. Students will also register for fall classes on this day with the assistance of faculty and peer advisors.  NSR is your first official day as a UW-Platteville Pioneer.

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What happens at New Student Registration?

  • Overview of registration process
  • Campus life and information sessions with current student peer advisors
  • Campus ID photo taken
  • Dining Services, Financial Aid and Student Housing sessions for parents and guests
  • Student Services Fair (and lunch)
  • Transition and Student Success sessions
  • Meetings with faculty advisors
  • Registration for fall semester classes
  • Optional campus tours

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When and where is New Student Registration?

You will choose to attend one day. Dates fill on a first-come, first-served basis. All NSR dates begin at 8:30 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. A continental breakfast will be available. 

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How do I sign up for New Student Registration?

Registration materials are mailed to all admitted students in February. Students who are admitted after that time will receive materials in the mail within a few weeks of admission. If you do not receive registration materials, contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu

The NSR mailing will contain: a checklist of items that must be completed prior to registering for classes, information regarding UW System English and Math Placement Testing, and instructions to go online and reserve your date for New Student Registration. To reserve a date, you will need your Applicant Account User ID and password information previously sent to you from the Admissions Office. You must pay your enrollment deposit before you will be able to actually select a date and sign up for NSR. Sessions fill quickly, so sign up early.

New Transfer students entering UW-Platteville have the opportunity to register for courses along with the continuing students during Advance Registration each semester. Please visit Transfer Student Registration for more information. 
 

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What do I need to do before I can attend New Student Registration?

  • Pay your enrollment deposit. You must pay your enrollment deposit and submit the enrollment contract before you will be able to actually select a date and sign up for NSR. Information about placement testing and NSR is sent to all admitted students in early spring.
  • Select a date and sign up for NSR.  Information is mailed to all admitted students in early February, as well as a letter containing instructions to go online and reserve your date for NSR.
    • Remember, you can sign up for NSR before you take your placement tests.
    • Sessions fill quickly, so sign up early.
  • Register for and take placement tests. Incoming freshmen are required to take the UW System English and Mathematics Placement Tests prior to registration for classes (the Foreign Language test is optional). The results of these tests will be used to help select the appropriate level of math and English courses. Wisconsin regional testing takes place March through May. Testing must be completed at least three weeks prior to attending NSR.
    • If you miss the regional testing dates in the spring, you must register for Residual Placement Testing  on the UW-Platteville campus prior to New Student Registration (or just prior to the beginning of the semester for late registrants). Contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu
  • Remember to bring a photo ID with you to campus when you attend NSR.

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Do I have to attend? Can I come for just part of the day?

All new freshman students are required to attend registration. Instructions on how to register for classes are given during the first part of the day, so you must be there from the beginning to pick up your registration materials and learn what to do in the afternoon when you see an advisor and register for your classes. We are unable to provide individual instruction if a student arrives in the afternoon and does not know what to do. We understand that students (and parents) work during the summer, but now is the time to make college a priority. Most employers will understand and allow the time off if enough advance notice is provided. We are unable to accommodate requests for individual registration times because of vacations, sports, or other family activities. 

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What if I can't make any of the listed dates?

If you are unable to (or choose not to) register during the days set aside for New Student Registration, you will register just prior to when classes begin in the fall semester. All other students will have registered before that date, so class availability will be somewhat limited. Contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu to find out about this final registration date. 

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What happens if I need to change my New Student Registration date?

We will do our best to accommodate your request, but if your requested date is already filled, our options are limited due to the size of our facilities. That is why it is important for you to plan carefully. If there are conflicts with vacations, sports, work, etc., we regret that we are unable to register students on an individual basis.

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I lost my Registration packet with the letter instructing me how to reserve a New Student Registration date online. What should I do?

If you lose your registration packet, contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu.

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Do I have to bring anything with me to New Student Registration?

You must bring a photo I.D. with you when you register. This could be a driver's license, a school I.D., or a passport.

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Fees

What do the fees cover? Can it be billed to my tuition?

The fee for New Student Registration is $145 per student and will be deferred to the student's tuition bill. This fee covers the cost of summer and fall registration, fall orientation programs, materials, mailings, student staff and meals for the student and two guests. If additional guests would like to attend, the cost is $15 per person payable at the time of check-in the morning of the student's assigned New Student Registration date.

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Do you take credit cards?

We regret that we are unable to accept credit cards for payment. $15 per any additional guests who choose to attend with you (beyond the two included in the $145 fee) must be paid prior to or during check-in the morning of your scheduled New Student Registration date. Cash, check, or money order will be accepted at check-in on the day of registration. You may also mail us a check or money order, payable to UW-Platteville, prior to your registration date. Send to:

New Student Registration Office
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

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Is the program appropriate for small children and do they have to pay the $15 guest fee?

We ask you to use your best judgment in this situation. While we welcome family and friends, the program is not of interest to young children and they are likely to become restless. The guest fee (if bringing more than two guests) is $15 per person regardless of age.

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If I decide not to attend UW-Platteville and I have already registered for (or attended) New Student Registration-am I responsible for the fees?

To receive a full refund, cancellations must be made three business days prior to your scheduled New Student Registration date. If you attend New Student Registration, but then decide not to attend UW-Platteville, or do not cancel your scheduled date three days in advance, you will be billed for the amount owed. To cancel your scheduled NSR date and request a refund, contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu

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Prior-Night Accommodations

Where can we stay?

Overnight lodging is available for students and guests in a UW-Platteville residence hall the evening before their scheduled NSR date. Students will be placed with other students; family members will be placed together as space allows. Items provided by the residence hall include bed linens, pillows, towels, and washcloths. Check in at the residence hall is between 5–8 p.m. on the day prior to NSR. The cost for each person is $25. Reservations can be made online when signing up for NSR or at Overnight Accomodations for New Student Registration.

Local hotels and motels are available as well:

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We are staying the night before registration in the residence hall, but we can't get there until after 7:00 p.m. What should we do?

Contact the Conference Services office at 608.342.1301 or confservices@uwplatt.edu during regular office hours to let us know you will be coming in after 7:00 p.m. There is a telephone number posted outside the residence hall door so you can call the Peer Advisor on duty to come and let you into the building. If you expect to be later than 11:00 p.m., we ask that you make reservations at a hotel.

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Guests/Parents

Should my parents (or family, friend or guardian) attend with me?

Parents or family friends are welcome at New Student Registration! They often have questions or concerns that we are able to address in special sessions on Financial Aid, Student Housing, Dining Services, etc. Parents and family or friends will be separated from students early in the day. Peer Advisor sessions and advising sessions with faculty members are for students only. (Please Note: We do not offer a parent program during the registration days prior to the beginning of the fall and the spring semesters.)

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If my parents or family or friends don't eat anything that day, do they still have to pay the guest fee?

Yes. We must anticipate that everyone attending will require the same services and plan food, staffing, services, materials, etc., accordingly. We are unable to adjust the fee for individuals, as we will be billed for these items regardless.

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Advising/Class Scheduling

Will I still get the classes at the times I want if I register on one of the last days?

We have never had a student leave registration without a full schedule of classes, regardless of which day they attended New Student Registration. Of course, as classes fill, those classes with less desirable meeting times are the ones that remain open longest. For example, you might wish to take your Psychology class at 10:00 a.m., but the open sections might meet at 8:00 a.m. or in the evening. During the first week of classes, we have "Open Add/Drop" so that you may change your class schedule by adding or dropping classes in consultation with your advisor.

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Will I see an advisor during New Student Registration? Will this person be my permanent advisor?

If you are entering UW-Platteville with a declared major, you will meet with an advisor from your department. Undecided students meet with advisors from their advising home, which is the Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC), formerly ACES. The advisor you meet with during New Student Registration--Pioneer Passage may or may not be your permanent advisor within your department. Students are assigned to advisors in their majors prior to Advance Registration for the following semester. Undecided students may see any advisor in the ACAC office.

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How will I know which classes to take?

Your advisor will assist you in finding classes. Some advisors may come to the advising session with a set schedule of classes already made up. If they do this, ask them to explain your schedule to you, including which courses meet General Education requirements as well as which courses are in your major. You can access information about requirements in the on-line Academic Catalog. Ultimately, you will be responsible for knowing what you need to take to graduate from UW-Platteville, so this is a good time to begin learning!

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What if I decide I want to change the major I listed on my application? Can I change during New Student Registration?

Contact the New Student Registration office at acac@uwplatt.edu to indicate a different major than the one you listed on your original UW-Platteville application. On the day of NSR, you may also submit a Change of Major form. If you are changing your major on the day of New Student Registration, please tell us at check-in time so we can change your name-tag and group number. We want you to receive proper advising for the major you have chosen.

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I know what I want to take. Why do I have to meet with an advisor?

Meeting with an advisor is important to be sure the classes you want to take meet departmental or university requirements for graduation. You are not allowed to register for classes without a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from your advisor.

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How come my Mom or Dad (or girlfriend, boyfriend, sister, brother, etc.) can't come into the advising session with me?

Choosing classes is a very important developmental step for new students. Taking responsibility for the choices you make is critical for your success in college. If parents or others make these important decisions for you, you are not allowed the freedom to become independent. The advising relationship is between the student and the advisor.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT/UW-SYSTEM PLACEMENT TESTS

I will have Advanced Placement credits from high school courses. How does that work?

You must arrange for the scores from your Advanced Placement tests to be sent directly to UW-Platteville. Visit CollegeBoard for information on how to have your AP score sent. The results of the AP tests are not sent out until late in July, after the New Student Registration. You register for classes based on the information we have at hand--your UW-System Placement Test scores.

Once your official AP score report has been received at UW-Platteville and posted on your PASS account (Pioneer Administrative Software System), you can change your schedule by adding and dropping courses. For example: Suppose you took AP Calculus in high school, paid the fee, took the AP test, and feel that you did well on it. We have no official confirmation of your score until we receive your AP report. So, based on the information we DO have, assuming you took the Placement Test, you may register for Calculus I. Once we have your AP scores, and you get appropriate credit for Calc. I, you can drop Calc. I and register for Calc. II. Your advisor will help you with this process.

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Do I have to take placement tests?

Incoming freshmen are required to take the UW System English and Mathematics Placement Tests prior to registration for classes (the Foreign Language test is optional). The results of these tests will be used to help select the appropriate level of math and English courses. Registration information for Wisconsin regional testing can be found at http://www.testing.wisc.edu/. Regional testing takes place March through May. Testing must be completed at least three weeks prior to attending NSR.

If you miss the regional testing dates in the spring, you must register for Residual Placement Testing  on the UW-Platteville campus prior to New Student Registration (or just prior to the beginning of the semester for late registrants). Contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu for additional information.

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When do I get the results of my UW-System Math and English Placement Test?

Results of the UW-System English and Mathematics Placement Tests are given out on the day of registration only. If you do not take the Placement Test during the spring at a UW college or university near you, then you must take it on one of our residual test dates and then register on a New Student Registration. (It takes one full business day to receive the scores back from the central database.) Visit the UW-System Testing Information Site for additional information. Sample questions may be found under Contents of Placement Tests in the menu.  Reminder: Other than residual test dates, Placement Testing must be completed 3 weeks prior to your registration date.

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If I have college-level credit for English or mathematics courses taken while a Youth Options student at another college or university, do I have to take the UW-System English and Mathematics Placement Test?

If you have taken classes in either English Composition or mathematics at a college or university and received an acceptable grade for the class, then you are not required to take the UW-System English and Mathematics Placement Test. If you have taken an English course only, then you must take the mathematics part of the Placement Test. If you have taken a mathematics course only, then you must take the English part of the Placement Test. You must have your official college transcripts sent to UW-Platteville so we have documentation by the time you register or you will not be allowed to register for English or mathematics. You must contact the college or university where you took your class and request the transcript yourself. Most high schools will not do this for you! If you have additional questions about the Placement Test, please contact the New Student Registration office at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu for information.

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Should I take the Foreign Language portion of the Placement Test?

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take the Foreign Language Placement Test. If you are considering study of a foreign language, you should take the test to ensure the proper placement level in language classes. Students with some high school background in a foreign language may be eligible to receive free retroactive credits for one or more college-level courses. For most students, it is a good idea to go ahead and take the Foreign Language Placement Test. It is offered in Spanish, French, and German.

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If I have a really bad day when I take the Placement Test, and I end up with a Math or English level much lower than I expected, what should I do about it?

We do not allow students to repeat the Placement Test. If you think your mathematics placement score is too low, the Mathematics Department offers students the opportunity to take a test-out (for a fee) just prior to or at the beginning of the semester. Contact the Mathematics department at 608.342.1741 to sign up for a test-out after registration.

If you have questions about your English placement score, contact the Humanities department at 608.342.1826.

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I am in the military and will be in training this summer. How do I register?

Contact the New Student Registration office as early as possible at 608.342.1183 or acac@uwplatt.edu and let us know when you are scheduled to report for basic training. We will need a copy of your official military orders. Once we receive a copy of your orders, we will contact your department and have a schedule prepared for you by an advisor. We will then register for you on the first day of New Student Registration. Please note that we do this for students in the military only. You MUST complete the UW System placement tests before we can register for you and suggest you take the tests in the spring as the majority of other students do. If you are unable to take the placement tests in the sprint, you must test and register just before the semester begins.

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Orientation

What is New Student Orientation? Am I required to attend that, too?

Orientation is held just for new freshman students a few days before the fall semester begins. UW-Platteville, like many UW-system schools, finds that our new students are more successful when they receive detailed information about the campus and the resources available. Whether you live in the residence halls or commute, getting to know other students and feeling comfortable on campus is critical for success. The program is not just exploring campus, there are special events planned for you to help you adjust to this new world. Most students have a great time! IT'S FUN!

Attending New Student Orientation is a choice. You are not required to attend, but nearly all incoming students do attend and enjoy it. We strongly encourage you to do so. (There are no programs for parents during Orientation. Parents usually help you move into your room, then return home as you begin your new life at UW-Platteville.)

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PSS: NSR Dates 2014

NSR Dates 2014

Students will choose one day to attend.

NSR begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m.

WEEK 1:

  • Monday, June 16
  • Tuesday, June 17
  • Wednesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 19
  • Friday, June 20

WEEK 2:

  • Monday, June 23
  • Tuesday, June 24
  • Wednesday, June 25
  • Thursday, June 26
  • Friday, June 27

WEEK 3:

  • Monday, July 14
  • Tuesday, July 15
  • Wednesday, July 16
  • Thursday, July 17
  • Friday, July 18

PSS: NSR Checklist

NSR Checklist
  • Submit enrollment deposit and contract.
  • Sign up for a date to take the UW System placement tests.
  • Reserve a date to attend NSR.
    • You can sign up for NSR before you take the placement tests.
    • Sign up early, sessions fill quickly.
  • Take the UW System English and math placement tests.
    • Foreign language text is optional.
  • Attend NSR.
    • Don't forget to bring a photo ID!
  • Send official scores and transcripts.

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