After you are admitted to UWM, you will be invited to participate in a number of events to get you ready for your undergraduate career.
You should have received a "Ready" brochure with your admit letter, which laid out the next steps you need to take on your journey to joining the Panther family. New Freshmen will receive "Set" and "Go" brochures down the road to keep youon track throughout the year. Transfer students will receive their "Set/Go" (second) brochure a few weeks after admission.
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First-Year (New Freshmen) Admitted Student Checklist Items
Activate your ePanther account. Your epanther ID is an important link to your accounts at UWM including your PAWS account.
Log into your PAWS account. Your PAWS account is your connection to important UWM information including a To Do List, your finances - where you can see charges and make payments, and your UWM financial aid information. You also need to continue to monitor the email account you listed on your application, that's what most UWM departments will use to get in touch for now.
Pay our $100 confirmation deposit. This is paid to confirm your intent to enroll at UWM. You can pay this through your PAWS account by clicking on 'make a payment' in your Finances section. You can also pay in person at our Bursar office in room 285 of Mitchell Hall or mail a check to UW-Milwaukee, PO Box 500, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Make sure to put your campus ID number on the memo line of any checks.
Complete your University Housing contract and submit your $100 Housing prepayment/deposit by May 1 (December 15 for Spring admits). May 1 is also the priority deadline for all housing preferences, which include Living Learning Community and preferred roommate requests. After submitting your housing contract, you will be billed for your $100 housing deposit. Be sure to pay this deposit to secure your housing.
Consider financial options and apply for financial aid beginning in January for Fall admits (as soon as possible for Spring admits). Meet the priority filing date of March 1 to maximize your potential financial aid. For spring admits, have everything submitted by November 15 in order to know what you are eligible for before classes start. The FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be filled out online at FAFSA.gov. UW-Milwaukee's school code is 003896.
Complete your UW System placement tests. Register for placement tests starting February 1 (October 1 for spring admits) and take placement tests starting mid-March (November for spring adits). Complete your placement tests by the priority date of May 1 for the most flexible testing options.
Register for New Student Orientation (NSO). After you have paid your $100 confirmation deposit, submitted your housing contract and $100 housing deposit, and completed your placement tests, you are eligible to register for your NSO. Registration begins in April (November for spring admits). It is beneficial to register for the earliest possible available NSO date to give you the best selection of courses. Register by the priority date of May 1 for the most flexibility in NSO choices.
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If you haven't already, the bestway to see your new home is to check it out in person. Or come again for our of our special events just for admitted students like yourself. visit.uwm.edu
Celebrate the beginning of the academic year at Panther Academic Welcome Day (PAWD) and Fall Welcome - both are terrific ways to get to know your future home and meet new friends. fallwelcome.uwm.edu
New Student Orientation and Family Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) is a two-day, overnight event that all incoming freshmen are required to attend. NSO takes place on campus throughout the summer (one-day program in January for Spring admits). At Orientation you will get acquainted with campus and other students, meet an Academic Advisor, register for classes and much more. After you have paid your confirmation deposit, submitted your housing contract and $100 deposit (or received a residency exemption approval), and completed your placement tests, you will be invited to register for NSO. It is to your advantage to sign up for a New Student Orientation session as soon as possible to give you the best selection of courses; registration begins on April 1.
We want to assure you and your family that we'll be here to help ease you through the transition from high school to university life. In addition to NSO, we invite your family to Family Orientation. Family Orientation takes place while you attend the New Student Orientation program. Your family will have a chance to tour the campus and residence halls, hear about the faculty perspective, discover how academic advising works, learn about additional support services available, get tips for success from current students, and have questions answered by friendly UWM staff. When you sign up for New Student Orientation, your family is encouraged to register to attend Family Orientation.
New Transfer Student Checklist
Activate your ePanther account as soon as possible. This will give you access to your PAWS account, which includes a To Do List. Continue to monitor the email account you listed on your application— that’s what most UWM departments will use to get in touch.
Consider financial options and add UWM’s school code (003896) when you update your FAFSA. Meet the priority date of March 1 to maximize your potential financial aid. finaid.uwm.edu
Pay your $150 Confirmation Deposit and complete the credit agreement. There is a link under your “Finances” section.
Monitor PAWS for news of your credit evaluation. It generally takes us two to three weeks to evaluate your credits. You can register for classes prior to receiving a credit evaluation, but we strongly encourage you to consult an advisor before starting classes. Log onto your PAWS account to identify your advisor. paws.uwm.edu
Schedule an academic advising appointment to review degree requirements and plan your classes. advising.uwm.edu
Monitor PAWS for your enrollment appointment time, at which point you can register for classes. For spring enrollment check PAWS in November, and for fall enrollment check PAWS in April.
Planning to take online classes? Explore UWM’s web-based learning environment Desire2Learn (D2L) at d2l.uwm.edu.
Your class will appear on D2L by the first day of class.
Decide on housing options: You can choose University Housing, neighborhood housing, or commute to campus. If you’d like to live in University Housing, submit a housing contract and turn in your housing preferences by May 1 (November 15 for Spring admits) for the best chance of getting your first pick. You can find housing contracts at
Visit UWM! If you haven’t already, the best way to see your new home is to check it out. visit.uwm.edu
Sign up for Transfer and Adult Student Orientation (TASO)! For spring enrollment, register for orientation starting in November. For fall enrollment, register starting in March.
Send your final college transcript(s) after final grades have been posted at your previous institution. Mail to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Attend Fall Welcome — this is a terrific way to get to know your future home and meet new friends. fallwelcome.uwm.edu
Transfer and Adult Student Orientation Transfer & Adult Student Orientation (TASO) is a fantastic introduction to your life as a UWM student. Attending TASO is a great way to meet other incoming Transfer or Adult students, explore the university, and take care of any outstanding business you may have. This conference-style program allows you to choose the sessions that you want to attend! You can learn about programs and services that will help you succeed at UWM, including financial aid, support for veterans, commuter services, tutoring, and academic support. You can also take a tour of campus, visit the UWM Bookstore, and hear from faculty and students. Spend the day with us and get all of your questions answered! There are several TASO programs throughout the spring and summer, but it is to your advantage to sign up for a Transfer & Adult Student Orientation session as soon as possible to get a jump on your time at UWM.
Log on to taso.uwm.edu in November for Spring TASO and March for Fall TASO to choose your date!
All payments can be made online via the Finances section of your PAWS account (paws.uwm.edu) using Mastercard, American Express, or a web check, in person in Mitchell Hall room 285, or by sending a check to UW-Milwaukee Cashier’s Office, PO Box 500, Milwaukee, WI 53211 (make sure to put your campus ID number in the memo line!).