Hello from Jackie!

Hello to my admitted students for fall 2017!

First of all, I’m so excited that Northwestern is on your radar. We’re so blessed by your interest in a faith-based education, and we are praying that God will guide you this year as you determine where he is leading you, whether that’s to UNW or not!

A little about me: I’m a 2003 graduate of Northwestern. I studied creative writing and LOVED IT. These days, I work in UNW admissions by day, and I write novels for teenagers with HarperCollins Publishers by evening and weekend. It is a busy, full, fun life. Northwestern really set me up for success, both professionally and spiritually. I grew so much in my faith during my time at UNW, and it launched me after graduation into continued spiritual growth.

My job at Northwestern is to help you navigate the enrollment process. I’m here to answer your questions, make sure you stay on top of deadlines, and be a sounding board as you make your college decision.

Please let me know how I can help. My office hours are generally noon to 8 pm on Mondays and 8 am to 4:30 on Tuesday-Friday. My contact info is here.



For Phone Registrants

If you weren’t able to attend your Eagle Advising Day on campus, here’s a few things to complete before you arrive:

Work your way through this document that will help catch us up on your latest information. (If this won’t open for you, log into theROCK, click on New Student tab, and access this document via Step #6.)

Don’t worry, you’ll be able to get your ID card when you arrive for your August orientation.

We will have a staff member give you a call to make sure any of your questions can be addressed before Orientation.


Fall 2017 Orientation(s)

Your first few days at Northwestern will be exciting and eventful!

We’ve planned a wonderful experience for you and are excited to personally welcome you to our community.

Athletic Orientation (Football): Friday, August 11

Athletic Orientation (All Other Fall Sports): Friday, August 18

Click here for athletic orientation schedules.

Multicultural Orientation: Wednesday, August 23 – Friday August 25

Click here to see the full schedule.

August All Student Orientation: Friday, August 25  – Tuesday, August 29

Below are schedules based on what type of student you are.  

(If the links aren’t working here, log into theROCK, click the New Students tab, and go to Step #7! All this info is there as well!)

Were you a PSEO On Campus student this past year and are now starting as a Traditional Undergrad?

  • If you attended August Orientation last year, you are invited but NOT required to attend orientation again.
  • Most of the informational sessions this year are identical or very similar to the sessions last year.
  • If you want to participate in some or all of orientation, please check in during your designated time on Friday, August 25.  If you will not participate in any part of orientation, please check in at The Depot during the continuing student check-in times (Monday, August 28 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM or Tuesday, August 29 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

Parking Permit Registration

Registration for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 parking permits is now open!

Processing of permits will begin in early August. Permits can be picked up at the Mail Center window. The Mail Center will notify you when the permit is ready to be picked up.

How to apply for your permit: Logon to theROCK->Campus Services->Public Safety->Resources->Vehicle Registration and Parking Permit->New Application

If you cannot select a permit type, you may have less than 30 credits posted to your account. Please contact the Registrar’s office if you have any questions or concerns with your transcript.

Resident Students without 30 or more credits may fill out a Freshman Parking Appeal. This form is found on theROCK and can be emailed to publicsafety@unwsp.edu. The form is also attached to this email. Decisions will be made in early August.

On Campus Residents: Please remember that parking on campus is limited and permit are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Once lot limits have been reached, applicants will put on a wait list.

Commuters: Regardless of credit, are able to apply for a parking permit. We currently do not limit the number of commuter permits issued.   

On Campus PSEO Students: You should select Commuter for permit type.

Online PSEO: You are not required to purchase a parking permit. Temporary permits are available in the Public Safety Office if you are visiting campus.  


  • Resident: $155/semester ($310 for the year)
  • Commuter: $130/semester ($260 for the year)

Charges are applied to your student account in August and then automatically before the spring semester begins in January. If anything changes with your vehicle, you will need to stop in our office to help us update your registration.

Students who apply for a parking permit by August 1st will be entered into a drawing for a free parking permit! Two winners will be picked, one resident and one commuter, who will each receive a free permit for the entire year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!


Brian Scherrer
Office Coordinator, Public Safety
P: 651-286-7610  | F: 651-628-3373
bmscherrer@unwsp.edu  |   www.unwsp.edu

UNW Parking

Students with 30+ credits …

Students who have 30+ college credits may have a car on campus. Registration for 2017-18 is now open. Click here for how to apply!

Note: Make sure your college transcripts have been sent! You will not be able to fill out the parking permit form until your 30 college credits have been processed.

Students with fewer than credits …

Freshmen are welcome to complete a parking appeal form for special circumstances (i.e. medical reasons, primary caretaker for a family member, etc.). Students coming from far distances will be considered. Students wanting a car in order to work off-campus are less likely to be approved.

Changing Your Schedule

After classes start, if you’d like to change your schedule, stop into your advisor’s office during their office hours (which are usually posted outside their door).

Prior to the start of classes, this is how to change your schedule:

Log into theROCK, click the Academics tab. There should be a square on the far left where it asks your term. Choose Fall 2017, and then it will refresh and load with your major, etc. It will also list your summer advisor and have a little envelope next to his/her name. If you click the envelope, it will open an email to that person.

As a new student, you need advisor clearance to change your schedule, so send him or her an email and hang in there. Most advisors are not on campus for most of the summer, so you likely won’t hear back immediately. No worries. Just sit tight. 🙂

Buying Books at UNW

First things first, you need to have a copy of your schedule—your schedule is found on theROCK.

Click the Academics tab, then “Registration Tools.” Click “View Registration Information,” and change the term to Fall 2017.

Next, go to http://campusstore.unwsp.edu. In the first drop-down menu, select “Fall Day School 2017” and click GO.

campus store 1

There you will use your course codes to look up your classes, using your schedule.

Ex: if you were in BIB1005 section 2 with Mark Muska, it would look like this:

campus store 2

Note that used copies are less expensive than new ones; these will go first!

Some benefits to purchasing through the campus bookstore:

  • No shipping costs (you can select to have them held at the bookstore, and you can pick them up during orientation)
  • Price is usually comparable to online stores like Amazon, Half.com, etc.

You are welcome to price-shop, of course. But if you do, I recommend using the ISBN number listed. You want to make sure that you get the EXACT right book. You don’t want to be working out of edition one when your classmates are using edition eight!

Books will not be in stock at our campus bookstore until July, but you can order before then if you choose. Some of your classes might not yet have books listed, in which case you can check back.

You’ll need to create an account to make a purchase, just like you would if it was your first time on Amazon. Your regular username and password are not used here.


How Will My Credits Transfer?

These days, the vast majority of our incoming students are bringing some college credits in with them, whether through PSEO (post secondary enrollment options), Early College, AP (advanced placement), CIS (college in the schools), or CLEP (college level examination program).

If you want to know how your credits will apply toward your chosen major, be sure to fill out this form to request a free transfer credit evaluation. 

Note: If your college credit is from before high school graduation, you’re a new student.
If your college credit is from after high school graduation, you’re a transfer student.


If you’d like, you can also ask to see how the credits apply to two separate majors so that you can compare!


Why Pay the Enrollment Deposit?

Your enrollment deposit of $200 officially secures a place for you at Northwestern.

The fully refundable (until May 1, 2017, for fall students) money goes directly towards your first semester bill, while also allowing you to sign up for campus housing. Because Northwestern has integrated housing (freshmen can live anywhere on campus), the earlier you pay your deposit, the better priority you’ll have when it comes to getting the dorm you want.

All housing assignments are done on a first come first serve basis based on the date students pay their $200 enrollment deposit.

To pay your deposit, click here.