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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.  The deadline to register for START 2024 has passed. Registered students can view additional information below.

START 2024 

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

Materials for START

START Schedule for the Day!

Be ready for your START Day by following these instructions.

  1. Review and complete the Canvas Course "Before START Information" that will be emailed to you about a week before your START date.
  2. Check in is from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Student Union. Park in Lot C-12 or the parking ramp. No parking permit is required for your visit. Please allow extra time as there is road constructions near UW-La Crosse.
  3. At check-in, you will receive a registration folder and other materials. 

Please be sure to bring the following items with you to START.

  1. We strongly encourage all students to bring a laptop computer or tablet. Having your own computer or tablet will be helpful during course registration. A limited number of computers will be available to those who do not bring a laptop. *If you have a MAC computer, please download Google Chrome to your device prior to attending START.*
  2. Your WINGS username and password
  3. Drivers License or government issued photo ID (needed to obtain UWL student ID). 

Schedule for the Day

  • 8-8:45 a.m.
    • CHECK-IN (Student Union, First Floor)
  • 9-9:25 a.m.
  • 9:40-10:40 a.m.
    • SESSION 1*
  • 10:55-11:55 a.m.
    • SESSION 2*
  • 11:55-12:40 p.m.
    • LUNCH (Provided for student. Cash and credit options are available for guest(s).)
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m. 
    • SESSION 3*
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m.

* Sessions 1, 2 and 3 will be rotating sessions. They include individual academic advising appointments and various campus resource offices.


START Program

Learn more about the START Program by reviewing the information provided: START 2024 Program

Explore La Crosse

The La Crosse area is a great place to call home! Learn more about what is happening in the La Crosse community by exploring La Crosse: Explore La Crosse

UWL Housing Reminders

Be sure to review your housing information and make sure you have all necessary items completed: UWL Housing Reminders

Student Health Center Forms

Please complete the Student Health Survey forms, which are due May 31, 2024. They are used to verify a student's immunization record, and to provide the SHC staff with information about specific health concerns and emergency notification contacts. Please note that all incoming UWL students MUST submit an up-to-date immunization history, including vaccination dates.

Student Health Center

Virtual START Materials

Preparing for START

How should I prepare to attend START?

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, 2024...

  1. Install and set up the Okta 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.
How do I sign up for the UW System Placement Tests?

All students are required to take the placement tests regardless of credit earned as it will allow you the greatest selection of courses during the START program. Students should plan to complete their placement tests prior to May 15, 2024.

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.

  • Math Placement Test is required for all students.
    • UW-La Crosse students should complete Math Test A, the un-proctored, online, on demand 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.

Students admitted for fall 2024 can complete their placement tests by following these instructions: Placement Tests

Students can register for their placement tests online: 


Which date is best to attend?

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.

What if my family members cannot attend with me?

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

What if I have changed my major since applying to UWL?

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. 

What if I cannot attend START?

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

Where can I find directions to campus?

View our campus map here!

GPS Location for the Student Union

521 East Ave. N. La Crosse, WI 54601

Special Accommodations


To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, large print materials, FM systems, etc.) contact Sam Pierce at or 608.785.8068.

Lodging Options

If you are looking for hotel accommodations in the La Crosse area, visit