Adult & Returning Student Information

Followed another path and now want to explore your college options? Been away from school long enough to have forgotten how to navigate the system? Going back to school after a long time can be a daunting task, and some adults have even used the word "scary." The Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS) was created as a gateway to UWM, to help you navigate your way through the maze of "returning to school." Contact us! Our staff is knowledgeable and caring; we are here to help.

Pre-Admission Advising & Services
Staff in the Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS) will be pleased to help you decide on the proper application process if you still have questions after reading this website.

Admission Requirements
A student may be admitted to UWM through a variety of programs, however, it is in your best interest to apply for the proper status with the proper application to ensure being admitted to the University in a timely manner.

Application Process
You are encouraged to apply early. The sooner UWM receives a completed application, the sooner you will receive an admission decision! Applications for fall are first accepted the preceding September and spring applications are accepted the preceding summer.

After You Are Admitted
After you are admitted to UWM, there are a few things to do to continue your undergraduate career.

Blending Life & Learning
Degree programs that blend online and on-campus classes. Why choose Blended Learning?
  • Get to know your classmates and instructors in person
  • Take advantage of the flexibility of anytime, anywhere online learning, reducing time spent commuting to campus
  • Manage your work and family responsibilities while earning your degree
Evening Degree Programs
Have you thought about finishing that college degree you postponed years ago? If you have no college credits, are you ready to take that next step toward success? Do you want to expand your career options? Now is the time to make your move.

Unique Housing Options
UW-Milwaukee University Housing is excited to offer a new housing option for juniors, seniors, graduate students, non-traditional (22 and older), married/partnered students, and visiting faculty.

Helpful Links
Links that should be helpful to you as an adult or returning student.

Common Questions
You will find some of the most common questions concerning adult and returning students.