• How do I start my NSE?

    You must complete your Intent to Enroll form before you can start your spot to attend New Student Experience. To start your NSE:

    Refer to this guide if you have additional questions.

    Can I make changes to the information I included when starting my NSE in PASS?

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

    Is NSE mandatory?

    The New Student Experience includes multiple elements, including advising and registration, on-campus orientation, and Welcome Day or Welcome Weekend activities. To meet with an academic advisor and register for classes, students must review pre-advising material in the NSE Canvas course and take their placement tests (if instructed to by their advisor).

    Attending an on-campus orientation session is optional. However, we strongly encourage you to attend as it helps connect you with other students, engage with campus life and culture, meet faculty and staff, and learn about university policies and processes.

    Finally, Welcome Day or Welcome Weekend activities are a great way to meet other students and start your first semester at UW-Platteville off strong.

  • What will happen during New Student Experience? 

    Your New Student Experience will include:

    • An advising appointment to register for classes.
    • Pre-advising information offered through Canvas.
    • An On-Campus Orientation experience.
    • Welcome Day or Welcome Weekend activities.

    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 Day and Welcome Weekend 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.

    Will there be a fee for NSE?

    The New Student Experience fee for transfer students is $45. This fee will appear on the semester billing statement and covers materials, mailings, student staff, and Welcome Day or Welcome Weekend activities.

  • How do I choose my classes?

    • You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Your advisor will discuss your transfer credit and major requirements, as well as help you choose classes. 
    • During that appointment, you will receive a PIN number, which will allow you to remove your hold and register for your classes in PASS

    Where can I find more information about course registration?

    The NSE Canvas course 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.
  • Will there be any in-person programming to help me get to know campus?

    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 start your New Student Experience in your PASS account.

    These orientation sessions 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/family programming.

    Every year, we welcome new and returning students with our Welcome Day or Welcome Weekend programming. Our activities are designed 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.

    Will there be campus tour options available?

    The Office of Recruitment offers campus tours designed to showcase the wide array of opportunities, programs, and services available at our UW-Platteville campuses.  

  • Is Placement Testing required for transfer students?

    Not all transfer students need to complete placement testing. If you are bringing in college level math and English credit, it’s likely you will not need to take the UW System Placement Tests. After you are assigned an academic advisor, discuss with them if you will need to take placement tests.

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

    Once you’ve 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 exams. 

    I’ve lost log-in information for my placement test, 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 exams 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.

    What technology do I need to have to take the exams? 

    • 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 complete the accommodations questionnaire and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your technology needs. 
    • 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 Exams 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 exams. 

    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 on 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? 

    Placement Test scores are available 2-3 weeks after the exam is completed. You may view these on your Academic Requirements Report in PASS or review them with your advisor. 

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

    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 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.  

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

    • After signing up for New Student Experience, students will receive access to their UW-Platteville email in March.
    • 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.
    • Watch this video for a walkthrough of accessing your UW-Platteville email.

    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.

    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 Office 365 account, you will have access to five free MS Office licenses to use on personal devices as long as you are enrolled at UW-Platteville. These can be accessed when you can access your 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.

    You can find additional information by accessing our Knowledgebase documents: