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STudent Advising Registration and Transition (START)

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! We are excited for you to complete your next steps and join the UWL community.

The START (STudent Advising, Registration, and Transition) program is a one day program that new first year students are required to attend.  Students who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit will receive information with instructions regarding the Spring START program. Students can view this information below.

START 2024 dates are listed below, but it is in the planning stages, feel free to browse info about START 2023 and check back regularly for updated information!

START 2024 Dates

June 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, and 24.

Materials for START

Register for START

Yes, START is a program that first-year students are required to attend. At START, first-year students will receive information about attending UW-La Crosse and academic advising to assist students in selecting their first-semester courses. Students will register for their first semester classes during START.

Students who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit will receive registration information via mail on how to register for the START program the first week of April 2023.

  • Admitted first-year students for summer and fall who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit may sign-up for a START date.
  • Students will be able to sign-up for a START date after reading through the mailed START Program (see above).
    • The program will be mailed at the beginning of April. 
  • Prepare for signing up for a date by ensuring you have access to your WINGS Student Center.
  • Date sign-up occurs on a first-come, first-served basis, and dates will close when we reach the maximum number of students we can accommodate.  
  • Log on using your username and password using a computer.
  • Scroll down to the Admissions Section and click on START Registration.
  • Complete the registration form and select a registration date no later than May 31, 2023. If you need to change the date, you may go back to the WINGS Student Center and follow the prompts to make any changes.

Preparing for START 2023

Prepare by...

  1. Reading through all mailed materials prior to signing up for your START date.
  2. Signing up for a START date that works for you as soon as possible.
  3. Take Placement Tests as directed by the Admissions Office. More information can be found below.
  4. Completing Student Health Forms.

After May 15, 2023...

  1. Install and set up the DUO App for Two-Step Authentication
  2. Install and set up UWL Email and Microsoft Office 365.
  3. Install and set up the NAVIGATE STUDENT App
  4. Learn more about Advising and Class Selection
  5. Submit your Student ID Photo Online
  6. UWL Dining Services Accommodation Form
  7. Additional information will be emailed to your personal email account with items to complete and next steps prior to your START date.

Placement tests are required for all new students planning to enroll at UWL. All students are required to take the online placement tests regardless of credit earned as it will allow you the greatest selection of courses during the START program.

Placement test scores are part of your student record and are used by your advisor to plan your course schedule. Students who have not taken placement tests may not be able to enroll in math, English, or some language or science courses.

The at-home exams for University of Wisconsin Placement testing are ready and available to complete online here. Remember, this is a required step for course registration at UWL, so we ask that you complete your at-home exams ASAP. You should also know that:

  • Math Placement Test is required for all students.
    • UW-La Crosse students should register for Math Test A, the un-proctored, online math test.
  • English Placement Test is required for all students.
  • World Language Placement Test is required to enroll in Spanish, French or German language courses, including those students who have taken college credit language classes as transfer courses.
  • You will use your UWL Net ID and password to access the test registration form. These are the same credentials you use to access your UWL WINGS Student Center.
  • You will be given information about the normal standardized conditions and urged to comply with time limits as best as you can.
  • It is recommended that the test be taken from a desktop or laptop computer or tablet, but NOT on a phone as the screen is too small.
  • Upon completion of the test, you will need to click on a button to submit your scores. If you do not, your exam will still be open and your test scores will not be sent to UWL.
  • Complete the exams without outside assistance to ensure an accurate placement into UWL courses at your skill level.

More information can be found here: Placement Tests


There is no ‘best’ date. Select a date that works in your schedule and allows you to spend the entire day with us. We have steps in place to open seats in classes throughout the START dates to ensure a wide variety of classes for all students to select - including those attending the final days. There will be enough classes available to create a beneficial schedule for your first semester no matter which date you attend.

While we welcome family members to this event, only you (the student) are required to attend.

This can be taken care of when you register for your START date. Please log into your WINGS Student Center at and scroll down to the Admissions section. Click on ‘START Registration.’ You will be able to select a new major based on your interests. Click ‘save’ and your major will be updated. Students will only be able to register for the START program if they have submitted their $100 enrollment deposit. 

We understand there may be special circumstances preventing you from attending START. Please contact the Admissions office at 608.785.8939 or

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