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Getting Started

Setting out to earn a degree and launch your career is more than a journey. It is a quest. Whether you are certain of your future direction – or still undecided – you will not waste a moment at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Welcome to UW Oshkosh and your college journey!

The University Studies Program (USP) is here to help make your

first-year experience a great one!

Want to get off to a great start? Check out these Tips for First-Year Success!

Welcome to Campus!

With less than 48 hours to go before classes begin for the fall 2013 semester, here's what new first-year students at UW Oshkosh had to say about their College Journey Jitters!

Top Three Challenges Reported by First-Year UW Oshkosh Students:

  • Homesickness
  • Test Anxiety
  • Time Management

What will your academic journey look like?

Your first semester begins with your first Quest – a cluster of classes that are as new and exciting for students as they are the professors that created them.

You will start in small learning community capped at 25 students and receive guidance from a peer mentor – another student ready to answer your questions - someone who has "been there and done that." Later, as you Explore, an alumni mentor – a graduate of UW Oshkosh – will help you complete your community experience. In your final USP course, you will reflect and connect your Quest and Explore experiences through advanced writing that integrates all three Signature Questions.

For more information, check out this QUICK GUIDE to the University Studies Program.

Explore, Question, and Connect

Choosing UW Oshkosh means you begin the adventure of your college education right away:


  • In a small learning community with other students.
  • Connected to a specific professor, an advisor, a Peer Mentor and a graduate.
  • Asking big questions.
  • Benefiting from quality, one-on-one resources to support your academic success.
  • Investing in yourself and reinvesting in your community.

    Document the Learning Employers Value Most

    In USP courses, you will be making progress on the Essential Learning Outcomes of a college education.  In a nation-wide study in 2013, employers said that your knowledge and skills in these essential areas are more important that your major - for getting a job, and keeping it.

    As you collect learning artifacts like projects, speeches, and papers in your ePortfolio, you are documenting your progress toward these Essential Learning Outcomes.  Later, the Career Center can assist you in creating an ePortfolio presentation that showcases your best work.

    What will you learn in college to prepare you for for your career and the challenges of the 21st century?  Check out this list of Essential Learning Outcomes and get ready to learn.


    Hey - first-year students! Check out this short video about the USP and starting your QUEST!