First Year Experience

Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration)

Once admitted to UW-Whitewater, one of your next steps is to attend a Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration) program.  During Warhawks SOAR you will:

  • Learn important information about the campus to help you prepare for your education at UW-W
  • Connect with an academic advisor to discuss your academic options
  • Register for your classes
  • Get to know other new Warhawks                         

Warhawks SOAR is required for all new students and is held from 8:15am- 4:00pm in the University Center. You must attend the entire program in order to register for classes. When you register to attend Warhawks SOAR, the following non-refundable fees must be paid to reserve your seat in the program: $90 new student fee, $15 for each guest attending.  Additionally, a $100 enrollment deposit is due.  

Warhawks SOAR dates for first-year students starting in September 2020:

May 29, June 2, June 4, June 8, June 10, June 12, June 16, June 19, June 23

Program registration begins on March 2, 2020.

To register:
  1. Log into your WINS account:
  2. Click on the Warhawks SOAR tile under "Student Home".
  3. Complete the registration process. Your registration is not complete until fees have been paid.
  4. For instructions on how to register for Warhawks SOAR, click here.

Next Steps

Be sure to complete the following:

Check your UW-W email address

Your UW-Whitewater email address is your formal communication with the university. All bills, notifications, confirmations and emergency updates will be sent via email, so be sure to check your UW-W email often! We encourage you to install it on your smartphone. Your username is your Net ID which was included on your admissions letter.  For the first time you log-in, your password is your 7 digit student id number.

Take the Math Placement Test

The Math Placement Test (MPT) is required of all new students without previous college-level coursework. Be sure to take your Math Placement Test at least two weeks prior to coming to Warhawks SOAR as your registration in a math course and other courses with a math prerequisite (i.e. computer science, biology, social sciences, etc.) depends on it.  For more information and to register for a placement test, click here or contact the UW-Whitewater Testing Office at 262-472-5613.

Submit your housing contract

Submit your signed housing contract with your $125 deposit to University Housing as soon as possible.  Access the housing contract here:

Submit and accept financial aid (if interested)

The FAFSA is available at starting Oct. 1, with a priority deadline of Jan. 1. For students who complete the FAFSA and submit required documents by Jan. 1, award letters will start to go out in February.


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First Year Experience Office
UC 245
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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Phone: (262) 472-3205
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