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studentsuccessAs a nationally ranked Doctoral/Research Extensive University emphasizing results-oriented research, and as a public university that promotes diversity and inclusion in all we do, our faculty, instructors and advisers provide many ways for UWM students to achieve academic excellence.

New Student & First-Year Services

  • Academic Advising

    Graduate on time, learn the “ins” and “outs” of your degree program, and get expert advice on your progress from new student orientation to graduation day. The only way to do it all and do it right is to meet with your academic adviser.

    Make an appointment once or twice a semester with your adviser.

  • Panther Academic Support Services (PASS)

    Free tutoring for more than 120 freshman- and sophomore-level courses. PASS offers walk-in, online and group tutoring sessions and more.

  • Student Success Center

    The Student Success Center offers mini-courses and advice on taking notes, prepping for exams and making the most of your first year here. Computers, couches, dining space and a full roster of First Year Mentors complete the offerings in this popular, informal gathering place.

From New Student Orientation to Graduation

We stress results. Like a high graduation rate that produces well rounded graduates with a wealth of knowledge, professional experience, analytical and critical thinking skills – wrapped into every UWM degree. Here’s how:

  • Academic Opportunity Center

    Providing support services for students to develop their academic skills and adjust to university life – with an emphasis on students whose prior education may not have fully prepared them for college. Our services include intensive academic advising and introductory course offerings in English, mathematics, study skills and reading.

  • Center for International Education

    Become a global citizen as you pursue an international major or certificate, study or work abroad, attend free on-campus lectures and conferences, and get to know students from around the world through the on-campus and overseas programs, student clubs and special events sponsored by the CIE.

  • Career Development Center

    Choose satisfying majors, build career skills, and make successful transitions from campus to career. Here students can plan an education that is both rewarding and marketable, and plug into the largest job market in the state.

  • First-Year Seminars

    Smaller in size and broader in scope than most other courses, they are intended to enhance skills (inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication) and engage students in reflection about the process of learning at the college level.  Discover more.

  • Office of Undergraduate Research

    Research alongside some of our very best faculty as early as sophomore year through the Office of Undergraduate Research. OUR students graduate from UWM with research rewards and experience, influential mentors and connections, and a promising future as scholars and researchers.

  • Panther Academic Support Services (PASS)

    Free tutoring for more than 120 freshman- and sophomore-level courses. PASS offers walk-in, online and group tutoring sessions and more.

  • Student Accessibility Center

    SAC works with students, faculty and staff to promote an increased awareness of the abilities of all students and to ensure that every student is regarded on the basis of ability, not disability. SAC provides an accessible university community that welcomes students with disabilities, fostering the development of each student’s full potential.

  • Writing Center

    The Writing Center welcomes all UWM writers to meet one-on-one, confidentially, with a highly qualified tutor to discuss any writing project, and at any stage of the work. All majors, subjects and skill levels are welcome. Appointments or walk-ins accepted, in-person or online.

Honors & High Achieving

A specialized suite of programs, faculty connections and intensive academic opportunities for high-achieving and motived UWM students.

  • Honors College

    Open to talented and motivated students in every major and discipline, the Honors College offers the personalized education of a small liberal arts college and the unique opportunities available at a major research university.

  • McNair Program

    The McNair Achievement Program seeks motivated undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate work, and provides them with mentoring and rigorous academic opportunities. McNair scholars are primarily students who identify as first-generation or low-income. Many come from underrepresented backgrounds – and leave the program with additional research and academic skills and contacts.

  • Career Development Center

    Choose satisfying majors, build career skills, and make successful transitions from campus to career. Here students can plan an education that is both rewarding and marketable, and plug into the largest job market in the state.

  • Center for International Education

    Become a global citizen as you pursue an international major or certificate, study or work abroad, attend free on-campus lectures and conferences, and get to know students from around the world through the on-campus and overseas programs, student clubs and special events sponsored by CIE.

  • Office of Undergraduate Research

    Start doing research alongside some of our very best faculty as early as sophomore year through the Office of Undergraduate Research. OUR students graduate from UWM with research rewards and experience, influential mentors and connections and a promising future as scholars and researchers.

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