• How do I sign up for NSE?  

    You must complete your Intent to Enroll form before you can reserve your spot to attend New Student Experience. Placement tests do not need to be completed to register for NSE. To sign up for NSE:

    I can’t access the NSE reservation system. Why is this happening? 

    There are several reasons why you may not be able to make your NSE reservation. One of the most common is that you have not yet completed your Intent to Enroll form. If you have completed this step and are still having issues, please contact the Office of Admission at admit@uwplatt.edu or 877.897.5288. 

    Can I make changes to my NSE reservation in PASS?

    Yes, you can make changes to your NSE sign up in PASS until the date of your On-Campus Orientation date. You can edit any personal information, the date you selected for on campus orientation, and guest information including email and phone number.

  • Will New Student Experience be held in person or virtually? 

    • Academic advising and registration appointments may be held virtually or in person.
    • Our on-campus orientation sessions are currently planned to be in person on your UW-Platteville campus.
    • Our Welcome to Campus activities are also being planned as in person activities.
    • Please note: Plans may change as required by the health and safety requirements of the pandemic.

    What will happen during New Student Experience? 

    Your New Student Experience will include:

    • An advising appointment to register for classes. Please note, you must complete the UW System Placement Tests.
    • Pre advising information offered through Canvas.
    • An On-Campus Orientation experience.
    • Welcome Weekend activities offered in person.

    New Student Experience for Parents and Families will include:

    • Parent and Family sessions offered during On-Campus Orientation.
    • Communications about campus resources, supporting your student, and more, delivered through email and the NSE website.

    Will there be a fee for NSE? 

    • The New Student Experience fee is $100 for the Platteville campus and $75 for the Richland and Baraboo Sauk County campuses. This fee will appear on the semester billing statement and covers materials, mailings, student staff, and Welcome Weekend or Welcome Day activities.
  • How do I choose my classes?

    • To make sure you are ready to register for classes, you will need to complete all the required steps before meeting with your advisor, including taking your placement tests and completing the required modules in Canvas.
    • Next, you will schedule an advising appointment with your advisor, who will discuss your general education and major requirements, as well as your placement test results.
    • During that appointment, you will discuss your choices and receive a PIN, which will allow you to register for your classes in PASS.

    Where can I find more information about course registration? 

    • The online Canvas course that you must participate in will provide information about general education and major requirements, as well as how to use the enrollment tools.
  • Do I need to do anything to prepare for On-Campus Orientation?

    Before your orientation day (all campuses):

    • Download and log in to the Navigate Student app. We'll talk more about using it during your orientation. Android | iOS
    • If you or a guest has a dietary restriction or other accommodation request, please let us know here

    On your orientation day


    • Plan to arrive at UW-Platteville between 9:30 and 10 am. 
    • Park in lots 3, 3A, 4, and 5 for easy access to Markee Pioneer Student Center. View campus map.
    • If you’re arriving via US Highway 151, we recommend taking Exit 18 and using the linked route to arrive at Markee Pioneer Student Center.
    • Bring your smartphone if you have one.
    • Bring a photo ID. You won’t be able to receive your UW-Platteville Campus Card without one.
    • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the weather. Your day will involve traveling around campus. All locations are accessible.

    Baraboo Sauk County:

    • Plan to arrive at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County between 8:30–9 a.m.
    • Parking at the Baraboo Sauk County campus is free.
    • Enter campus from the parking lot and follow the signage to the Umhoefer Administration Building. View campus map.
    • Bring your smartphone if you have one.
    • Bring a photo ID. You won’t be able to receive your UW-Platteville Campus Card without one.
    • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the weather. Your day will involve traveling around campus. All locations are accessible.


    • Plan to arrive at UW-Platteville Richland between 8:30–9 a.m.
    • Parking at the Richland is free.
    • Join us in the Wallace Student Center for check in. Park in the central parking lot and enter the Wallace Student Center door near the flag poles. View campus map.
    • Bring your smartphone if you have one.
    • Bring a photo ID. You won’t be able to receive your UW-Platteville Campus Card without one.
    • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the weather. Your day will involve traveling around campus! All locations are accessible.
  • What kind of computer should students have?

    Please see the chart below for suggested specifications for laptops:

    Processor RAM Operating System Storage Space
    Intel i5 or equivalent (AMD Ryzen 3) 8 GB Windows, Mac, Linux 500 GB+

    Many students use computer labs or virtual desktops to access major-specific or advanced software. The virtual desktop allows students to use campus software on their personal device as if they are on a campus computer.

    As part of your student’s Office 365 account, they will have access to five free MS Office licenses to use on personal devices as long as they are enrolled at UW-Platteville. These can be accessed when your student can access their UW-Platteville email account.

    The College of EMS provides additional computer recommendations for their students. You can view their information in SharePoint at https://go.uwplatt.edu/brochure-ems-pc-recommendations.

    Students – You can find additional information by accessing our Knowledgebase documents:

  • Are there in person, on campus events I can participate in?

    Yes! Every student is strongly encouraged to attend an On-Campus Orientation Experience at their UW-Platteville campus. You will select the date for your orientation when you register for the New Student Experience in your PASS account.

    These orientation days will include activities designed to introduce you to the resources and services available at your campus, as well as connect you with staff, faculty, and other new students. We also invite you to bring up to two guests with you to participate in parent and family programming.

    Every year, we welcome new and returning students with our Welcome Weekend programming. This year we are planning on increasing our offerings to help you connect to campus resources, explore your campus and surrounding areas, and build community with fellow students. Visit Welcome Weekend to view the schedule of events.

    Why should I participate in Welcome Weekend?

    New students who take part in Welcome Weekend are more successful and get better connected to UW-Platteville. You’ll maximize your college experience if you fully participate in Welcome Weekend. While these events are not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to attend.

    Where can I find a schedule of events for Welcome Weekend?

    Visit Welcome Weekend to view the schedule of events.

  • Will I be charged for testing?

    • No. The Placement Testing fee of $30.00 has been WAIVED for 2022-2023.

    Once I register, how long do I have to take the test?  

    • Once you’ve pre-registered and received a username and password from Scantron, you have 180 days to complete any tests. After that, you will need to re-register for the tests.

    How do I access practice materials for the placement tests?

    I’ve lost my log-in information for the placement tests, what should I do? 

    • If you can’t remember your log-in information, you will need to contact the UW-System Placement Testing office at 608.262.5863.

    How do I request accommodations for testing? 

    • Students who require accommodations for testing must have pre-approval by the UW System Placement Testing office before they pre-register for UW System Placement tests. Please visit the UW System Requesting Accommodations page for additional information.

    How long will the placement tests take? 

    • The placement tests will be available on demand, and you do not need to complete all of your tests in one sitting. You will have 90 minutes each for the math and English tests and 60 minutes for the world language test. If you leave or log out of a test before finishing, the system will remember how much time was remaining when you log back in.
    • You will have access to five tests: English, math, and three world languages. UW-Platteville requires English and math. The world languages are optional and should be taken only if you plan to continue your foreign language education at UW-Platteville and have already studied that language in high school.
    • It is important that after completing each test, you must submit your answers to Scantron. Failure to submit your answers could result in a delay of transmission of these scores to UW-Platteville and the opportunity to schedule your academic advising appointment.

    When are the placement tests available?  

      When do I need to complete the tests?  

      • Once you’ve pre-registered and received a username and password from Scantron, you have 180 days to complete any tests. After that you will need to register again for the tests.
      • Complete all tests at least two weeks before your advising and registration appointment to ensure scores are received in time.

      What technology do I need to have to take the placement tests? 

      • Our recommendation is that students test on a desktop computer, laptop computer, or tablet, rather than on a phone. Your web browser must be able to accept cookies, JavaScript, and pop-up windows. It is also recommended that you use the most up-to-date version of your web browser.
      • If you are concerned about meeting these technology needs, please contact us at nse@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1081 and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your technology needs.

      How soon after I register for the placement tests will I receive information about the online tests? 

      • Within two business days of registering, you will receive an email from Scantron with a username and password for accessing the placement tests. 

      What if I have technical difficulties during the test? 

      • Scantron will provide telephone and email support to students during testing. Scantron staff will be available Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding holidays. Voicemail will accept student inquiries outside of these business hours.

      When will my scores be available? 

      • Your scores will be shared with you during your academic advising appointment. 

      Why is it important to take the placement tests seriously? 

      • The UW-System Placement Tests have been shown to be very good at determining what math and English courses a student should take. Please be sure to use the knowledge that you currently have to answer the questions. Using outside resources could result in you placing into classes for which you are not prepared. 

      What if I cannot take my placement tests before my academic advising appointment? 

      • All students are expected to complete their placement testing prior to enrolling in classes. If you believe you can’t complete your placement tests prior to your appointment, please contact us at nse@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1081 to discuss your situation. 

    • When will I have access to my UW-Platteville email?

      • After signing up for New Student Experience, students will have access to their UW-Platteville email beginning on November 21.
      • They will receive an email to their personal email account from the UW-Platteville Office of Admission with the subject line, “Important Step Needed before you can log into PASS.” Check this email for information about your UW-Platteville email account.

      How do I access my UW-Platteville email?

      • First, be sure you have enrolled in Duo, our two-factor authentication system. You will not be able to access your email if you have not enrolled in Duo.
      • Then, start at the Pioneer Portal and click on “Email”. Your username and password will be the same as what you use to log into PASS.

      What if I can’t access my UW-Platteville email account?

      • If your password still works for PASS but does not work for your email, please reset your password using this link. Wait 15 minutes after resetting your password and try logging in to your email again.
      • For any other issues, including questions about Duo, or if the password reset doesn’t solve the issue, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 during business hours for additional assistance.

    Contact Information

    For questions or assistance, contact:
    New Student Experience