How will I sign up for an NSR session if it’s online?
- Your enrollment agreement and deposit must be completed before you can reserve your spot to attend virtual New Student Registration. Placement tests do not need to be completed to register for online NSR.
- To get started:
What dates are you considering for online NSR?
- Online NSR will occur throughout the summer instead of one dedicated day.
I/my student can’t access the NSR reservation system. Why is this happening?
- There could be a variety of reasons you are not able to make your NSR reservation at a given time. One of the most common reasons is that you have not yet paid your enrollment deposit. Paying your enrollment deposit is the way students confirm their intention to attend UW-Platteville Richland and authorizes them to access our reservation system. Please contact the Office of Admission at email@example.com or 877.897.5288 if you have questions about your enrollment deposit.
Will New Student Registration be held in person or online?
- For the health and safety of our campus community, New Student Registration will be held online for summer 2020.
- Even though New Student Registration is going to be a bit different than originally planned, we are committed to offering a personalized, engaging experience online for incoming freshmen and families. Each student will have their own Success Team to answer questions and provide guidance along the way, as they learn about important resources, connect with the campus community, register for classes, and prepare for the fall semester.
Will NSR dates possibly switch back to in person after being set to online or later this summer?
- No, we will not be offering in-person NSR at this time.
Will the date that I have already chosen for NSR still be my date or will this get rescheduled?
- If you already selected a date, please do not change your current NSR date. If you selected a date when you registered for NSR, this is simply a placeholder. You will not be attending specific events on this day or visiting campus. NSR will now take place throughout the summer instead of one specific day.
- Because this will not be “face-to-face,” feel free to cancel your travel plans to UW-Platteville Richland for this summer.
What will happen during online New Student Registration?
- Students’ virtual NSR experiences this summer will include
- Personalized support from their Success Team, including a Peer Mentor
- An online course hosted in Canvas with material they must complete
- “Ask the Experts” sessions over Zoom with campus resources, such as Dining Services, Residence Life, Financial Aid, and more!
- An advising appointment to register for classes
- All students must also register for and take the UW System Placement Tests before they are able to meet with their advisor and register for classes.
Will there be a fee for online NSR?
- The New Student Registration fee is $75 and will appear on your semester billing statement. This fee covers materials, mailings, and student staff.
How will my student learn what to do for choosing classes?
- Registering for classes is an exciting experience, but it’s also an important one. During your student’s Virtual NSR experience this summer, they will work with an advisor to review general education and major requirements and placements scores. They will also review information in their online Canvas course about registration.
- To make sure your student is ready to register for their classes, they will need to complete all the required steps, including taking their placement tests and completing the required modules in the Canvas course. Their New Student Guide can help them keep track of which steps they have completed and how to keep moving forward.
- Once those steps are completed, your student will be able to meet with their advisor. When your student has completed their required steps and is prepared to meet with their advisor, they will receive an email inviting them to schedule that appointment.
How will my student be able to meet with an advisor?
- Once all their required steps are completed, your student will be able to schedule their advising appointment. Students should wait for an email in their campus email account inviting them to schedule an appointment with their advisor. They will receive an email from their advisor inviting them to schedule their appointment only when they are eligible. More information about how to schedule that appointment will be provided at that time.
- During that appointment, they will discuss their choices and receive a PIN, which will allow them to register for their fall classes.
Will there be an in-depth tutorial about registering for courses online?
- The online Canvas course that students must participate in will provide information for students about general education and major requirements, in addition to how to use the enrollment tools.
- In addition, campus has worked over the past several years to make our enrollment tools easy to use and user friendly.
I do not have reliable/any internet access where I live. How will I be able to complete NSR online?
- We are committed to providing a high quality NSR experience to all new students. Please complete the accessibility questionnaire and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your technology needs.
Will there be any in-person programming in the fall to help students get acclimated to campus?
- Yes! Every year, we welcome new students with our orientation activities. More information about these activities will come later this summer. This year we are planning on increasing our offerings to help students connect to campus resources, explore campus and Richland Center, and build community with fellow students.
Will there be virtual campus tour options available?
- The Office of Admission Welcome Center offers virtual campus visits to UW-Platteville Richland. We will also be offering virtual campus tours later this summer. More information will be posted once these tours are available.
How will I get/feel connected to campus virtually?
- Each incoming student will have access to current students...also known as Peer Mentors! Peer Mentors are great resources for incoming students because they have been in your shoes before and understand everything that Platteville brings to the table as a current student. Other groups on campus will also play key roles during the onboarding process.
Will I be charged for testing?
- Yes, all students are charged a $30 fee on their fall tuition bill for the UW-System Placement exams.
If I need accommodations for testing, how do I go about getting those?
- UW-System has indicated that accommodations are already included for additional time and large print. If you need other accommodations, please follow the instructions found here: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/specialaccommodations.php
How long will the placement exams take?
- The exams will be available on demand and students do not need to complete all of their exams in one sitting. Each exam provides you with 5 hours to take each exam. If you leave or log out of a test before finishing, you should log back in and the system will remember how much time was remaining. Upon completing a test, you must submit the exam in order for us to receive their scores.
- You will have access to all 5 tests (English, math, and 3 world languages) for testing. UW-Platteville requires English and math. The world languages are optional and should only be taken if you plan to continue your education in those languages.
- Students will be given information about the normal standardized conditions and are urged to comply with time limits as best they are able.
- It is important that after each test, you 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.
What technology do I need to have to take the exams?
How soon after I register for the Placement Exams will I receive information about the online tests?
- Within two business days of registering, students will receive an email from Scantron with a username and password for accessing the exams.
What if I have technical difficulties during the test?
- If you experience technical issues during testing, Scantron will provide telephone and email support to students during testing. Scantron staff will be available on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 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 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding Scantron holidays. Voice mail 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. They will not be available as soon as the tests are completed, and UW-Platteville’s policy is to not share scores until the student meets with their academic advisor.
It’s been 2 or more weeks since I took the tests, but I haven’t been contacted by my advisor for an appointment yet. What do I do?
- Steps to verify your scores have been submitted:
- Make sure that you submitted the tests after you completed them. If you didn’t submit the test and get a “thank you message” your placement test has not been submitted for scoring, which would prevent you from hearing from your advisor. You can go back in to the test and complete this step, or it will be done for you within a month after you last entered the test.
- If you did submit your tests, and got the “thank you message” then please contact Academic Support Programs at (608)342-1081. A staff member there can verify what communications have been sent to you and if your placement scores are on file.
Why is it important to take the placement exams seriously?
- The UW-System Placement Tests have been shown to be very good at determining what course a student should start their college career in math and English. This year the exam will be unproctored, but this does not mean that you should use other resources. Please be sure to use the knowledge that you currently have to answer the questions. Using outside resources will only result in you placing into classes for which you are not prepared. If you were to place into a class at too high of a level, you will most likely not succeed, both affecting your GPA and your future college success.
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. Failure to complete the test may result in an inability to register for some fall courses. If after the placement testing process is announced and you still can’t complete your placement tests please contact Academic Support Programs to discuss your situation.
Since there is an online placement testing option being developed, should I cancel my scheduled in-person testing?
- At this time, all in-person and computer-based testing options have been suspended for the summer. If you registered for the in-person or computer-based testing options available through the UW System Placement Testing website, you would have received a cancellation email from the UW System Center for Placement Testing.
- If you did not receive a cancellation notice, you may not have actually been signed up for testing.