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Virtual START 2020

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.

UWL's START (STudent Advising, Registration, and Transition) program scheduled for June will be in a virtual format. We are excited about our plans for this online event and we think you will be, too.

Please follow the instructions in the START packet to sign up for a Virtual START date and complete other important steps prior to your Virtual START date. 

If you have additional questions, please contact our office at 608.785.8939. To learn more about UWL’s COVID-19 response, please visit

STudent Advising Registration and Transition (START)

Virtual START 2020 Dates: June 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29

Virtual START (STudent Advising, Registration, and Transition) is a one-day program that first-year students are required to attend virtually. At Virtual START, first-year students and their families 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 fall classes during Virtual START.

Virtual START Timeline

Each Virtual START Date will have the same schedule. Please review the below timeline regarding the Virtual START program so you are aware of when and how you will receive important information.

5-7 days prior to your

Virtual START Day

  • Students will receive a folder of information via mail that includes an agenda, instructional sheet and other important information.
  • Students will receive an email to their UWL email account directing them on how to access the Canvas Virtual START page.

2-4 days prior to your

Virtual START Day

  • Students should begin to complete their "Before START" information located in their Canvas Virtual START page. This includes reviewing content, watching instructional videos on academic advising, and other important information.
  • Students will receive an email to their UWL email account with information on their academic advising appointment. This information will include their advisor, advising appointment time, virtual link, and other important information.

Morning of your Virtual START Day 

  • To begin your Virtual START day, log into Canvas and check in at your designated time. See below agenda for more details regarding the Virtual START day.
    • Student Check-In
      8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. Last Names A - F
      8:10 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Last Names G - L
      8:20 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Last Names M - R
      8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Last Names S - Z

Virtual START Agenda: Download the agenda

Virtual Onsite Assistance

START Materials 

START Program
First Flight
Student Health Forms
Placement Test Registration Instructions

The Student Health Center (SHC) forms are used to verify a student's immunization record, and to provide the SHC staff with informationa bout specific health concerns and emergency notification contacts. Complete the Student Health Survey

UW-La Crosse Dining Services works hard to accommodate students' food allergies as well as dietary preferences. If you have a food allergen that affects what you can eat or a special diet that needs to be followed, please complete the Food Allergy and Dietary Preferences Form

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a START date? expanding section

START Sign-up Process

  • Admitted first-year students for summer and fall who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit may sign-up for a virtual START date
  • Students will be able to sign-up for a virtual START date after reading through the mailed START Program.
  • 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.  


Which event date is best to attend? expanding section

There is no 'best' date. Select a date that works in your schedule to attend virtually. You will want to make sure you have a reliable internet connection that allows you to spend the 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. 

Can I sign up for START without registering for a Placement Test? expanding section

Yes! We still encourage you to sign up for a virtual START date even if you have not taken the placement test!

How do I prepare for START? expanding section
  1. Read through all mailed materials prior to signing up for your virtual START date.
  2. Sign up for a virtual START date.
  3. Complete Health Forms.
  4. Submit a Student ID Photo Online.
  5. Install the DUO App for Two-Step Authentication.
  6. Install the NAVIGATE STUDENT App.
  7. Take Online Placement Test when directed by the Admissions Office.
What if my family members cannot attend with me? expanding section

While we welcome family members to join online with you for virtual START, only you (the student) are required to attend.

What if I cannot attend START? expanding section

Attending START is required. Sign-up for a virtual date as soon as you receive the mailed packet, because this will offer you the largest selection of dates. 

How do I sign up for Placement Testing? expanding section

The at-home exams for University of Wisconsin Placement testing are ready and available to complete online here. Test registration is open today, June 3, 2020. Remember, this is a required step for course registration at UWL, so we ask that you complete your at-home exams no later than June 11. You should also know that:

  • Math and English placement tests are required for all students. Foreign language placement tests are required to enroll in Spanish, French, or German language courses, including those students who have taken college credit language classes as transfer courses. PLEASE NOTE: If you had previously arranged with our office for your college coursework or AP scores to complete one of the testing requirements, you are exempt from that particular at-home exam.
  • 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 email account and 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.
  • Tech support will be available. Scantron will provide telephone and email support to students during testing. M - Th 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, F 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, & Sat 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Complete the exams without outside assistance to ensure an accurate placement into UWL courses at your skill level.

Placement Test Registration Instructions

How to submit your Eagle ID Card photo online? expanding section

Your UWL NETID and password are required to submit your photo online.

Click here for online photo submission details.