You can do it!
You will find you have much in common with the thousands of adult students at UWM. Those similarities likely include balancing a busy life along with the desire to continue learning—whether that is completing your college degree; going to graduate school; earning a certificate; or taking classes for personal enrichment. At UWM, you can do it, and our advisors, faculty and other support, including financial aid staff, are available to help.

Listen to what these UWM adult students have to say.


Maura Colon-Bowers Maura Colon-Bowers, 31
Community Education major

Served as a U.S. Marine; succeeds at being a full-time wife and mom; balances work and school full-time; proud to become the first college graduate in her family; committed to showing her kids the importance of a college degree.

Rodger Enters Rodger Enters, 42
Civil engineering major

Attended UWM in the 80’s; moved to Africa; dedicated to mission work in remote villages; discovered his life’s passion for building bridges; traveled back to the States—14 years later—to complete his degree; poised to better the world.

Becita Fields Becita Fields, 28
Public Health Microbiology major

Went into the Army after high school; worked as a deputy sheriff but got laid off; decided to pursue her real passion; started college at 24 while raising her daughter; inspired to earn her Ph.D. in Public Health.

Ron Granberg Ron Granberg, 37
Bachelor of Science in Information Resources major

Balances life; enjoys his family of four; works full-time as a network administrator; plays in two bands; teaches drum lessons; left 78 credits on the table; is completing his degree online—12 years later; insists on an outstanding future.

Linda Netherland Linda Netherland, 50
Psychology major

Achieved vice presidency in sales by 35; raised her son as a single mom; chose to explore her dreams after her son graduated from UWM; works as a neuropsychology research assistant; determined to make a difference with Alzheimer’s patients.