A big step in a student’s transition to college is the summer orientation and registration program. It is an incoming freshman’s first chance to feel like a real college student.
Summer registration programs at our UW campuses have many things in common. For example, our campuses expect that students will complete the placement exams weeks before their registration session; ideally, as part of the Regional Placement Testing Program. It takes time to process the results of the exams and make them meaningful for advisers. Students who haven’t taken the Regional Placement Tests may be able to take the exams at or before summer registration sessions.
Here is what to expect at a summer registration program:
- Students and their families attend some of the same sessions throughout the program, and they split up for sessions specific to their needs. Families learn about campus resources and how to support the students, while students work with advisers and register for their fall courses.
- Everyone will get changes to have questions answered.
- Students receive their IDs.
- Campuses have processes in place to open more seats in courses, or to open more sections of a course, as courses fill during the registration process.
- Resource fairs and campus tours are often available.
- Every person at the program is either experiencing the same emotions as students/parents, or is there to help!
If students can’t attend the registration program during the summer, they can usually attend a similar program right before classes begin in the fall. Students should contact the admissions office for details.
Encourage students to read summer orientation and registration materials carefully. Those materials describe steps students should take before the program begins. Steps may include completing modules in the student portal, or paying an enrollment deposit, housing deposit, or registration fee. Other steps could include taking certain items to the session (such as a photo ID and campus login credentials); and connecting with other classmates on social media.
The mystery about college is surely ratcheting up, and so is the anticipation! For more info about summer orientation and registration programs at a specific UW campus, please contact their admissions office. Click your campus of interest and you’ll find contact information on the following page.