Summer Bridge Programs

The UW–Milwaukee Summer Bridge Programs seek to bridge the gap between high school and college through academic coursework, enrichment activities, and the opportunity to build relationships and network with students, faculty and staff. Students who are eligible for the Summer Bridge Programs will be contacted in the spring via mail.

Panther Math Prep

What is Panther Math Prep?
Panther Math Prep is a program designed to help incoming first year students who placed into either Math 90 or 95 through placement testing retake the placement test and place into a higher level math course. Math 90 and 95 are not taken for credit and often times set students back on the track to graduating on time. Math 90 and 95 are required if a student did not place into a higher level math course. You will be able to retake the placement test for free at the end of the course. The Panther Math Prep can be taken online or on campus, depending on what’s best for the student. Panther Math Prep is NOT a required course. It is offered as free service to help our students.

When is Panther Math Prep? How does the program work?

Panther Math Prep is offered with two options: Online and the On Campus Classroom Sessions. The advantage to the Panther Math Prep program is that not only are students prepared academically and mathematically the instructor takes time to help the student prepare for the structure of the exam and improve test taking skills. Panther Math Prep runs July 9th - August 6, 2014. The registration deadline is June 27, 2014.

Students who register for the online portion can complete the course through an online prep system called ALEKS that is used in tandem with Desire 2 Learn (D2L). The instructor will set deadlines, ask for coursework and communicate with the student weekly. Students choosing the ONLINE option must attend an on-campus orientation. The offered dates can be found in the Cattrack system when you go to register.

Students who register for the classroom option can choose between a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday course from 10AM – 12PM on the UWM Campus. This is a great opportunity to engage the campus and a faculty member prior to your arrival.

Why did I (or my son or daughter) get this letter?
A select group of students who were placed into Math 90 or 95 were sent the letter in an effort to inform them about the incredibly beneficial Panther Math Prep program.

How do I sign up?

Instructions are included both in the letter and on our website. You have the option of either on campus or online instruction in the sign up process.You can sign up and learn more at Panther Math Prep Sign-Up Here

How much does Panther Math Prep cost?

Nothing! It’s free to you!

I signed up for Panther Math Prep – when is my orientation?

This date was sent to your UWM email once you signed up. If you have questions, contact the Student Success Center(contact info listed below).

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Feel free to contact Panther Academic Support Services at or by calling 414-229-3726.

What if I just want to sign up to take the test again and not take the PMP program? What if I have questions about calculators or other locations?
The Testing Center is your best resource for these questions. They can be contacted at (414) 229-4689.

Academic Opportunity Center (AOC)

The Academic Opportunity Center (AOC) Summer Bridge Program provides students with their transition from high school to college. During the four weeks (July 9 - August 6) students are provided with intensive instruction, advising, and opportunities to develop a network of relationships on campus that are essential to their success in the first year of college. Every day students will have intensive instruction in Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Educational Psychology (Study Skills). Students participating in the Bridge program were identified at the time they made application to UWM. There is a one-time cost of $50 to participate. Housing will be available for students who live outside of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area at a cost determined by the Housing Office. In addition to the instruction and academic advising, students will be able to meet other students participating in similar programs on campus in order that they can make those social/cultural connections early and develop relationships with each other in and outside the classroom. 

Click Here for the brochure
For Information visit the AOC Website
Or Contact:

John Dorosz
Assistant Director
Mitchell Hall 177

Dr. Ruth B. Russell
Mitchell Hall 173

Dr. Karen Baker
Assistant Director
Mitchell Hall 195C

Student Support Services (SSS)

The SSS Bridge program helps students better understand their changing financial responsibilities, become familiar with the services, resources and staff of UWM and improve Math and Reading skills.Bridge provides an excellent opportunity for students to get to know their SSS advisor, become familiar with the UWM campus and to get to know other incoming freshmen. While the Bridge program is not required of SSS participants, it is very strongly encouraged.The SSS Bridge program is free.There is an optional residential component for students who wish or need to live on campus, though there is a fee for the residential component.

For more information, visit the SSS Website

UWM’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.We provide academic support to new freshmen who meet at least one of three eligibility requirements:

1. First generation college student

2. Household taxable income and family size is below limits

3. Student has a documented disability.

To see if a student is eligible a parent or legal guardian must complete an SSS eligibility form available at Eligible students are given the option of joining SSS if they so desire with the permission of the school/college that admitted him/her to UWM.


Dan Patnode
Mitchell Hall 135B

Fostering Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Engineers (FORTE)

Summer Enrichment Program - Your Path to Success

Application Deadline: May 10, 2014

Want to experience college life, get a taste of engineering, and enhance your academic preparation – all before enrolling in the Fall? If you are a new freshman seeking calculus placement, then the FORTE Summer Enrichment Program is for you. The program will run July 9-August 5, 2014. If you participate, you will:

  • Live in Sandburg Residence Hall with other engineering & computer science students
  • Receive a weekly meal stipend
  • Review pre-calculus (algebra and trigonometry) through both instructor-led and self-paced activities
  • Solve engineering problems and conduct experiments
  • Explore exciting fields such as biomechanics, alternative energy, medical imaging, and environmental protection
  • Meet other students, faculty, and industry partners through social events and field trips
  • Retake the math placement test at the end of the program
  • Earn a $1000 scholarship applicable to Fall tuition upon attaining calculus placement
Depending on your admission status, you may be required to participate in the summer enrichment program as outlined in your letter of admission, or you will be invited in the Spring after your math placement has been determined.

To secure your spot in our FORTE Summer Enrichment Program, please submit the $100 registration fee and the Agreement Form.

FORTE Summer Enrichment Program Agreement Form - PDF
Math Placement Test Review Information - PDF
UWM-CEAS FORTE Summer Program Goals, Requirements, Expectations and Daily Schedule - PDF

If you have any questions regarding the FORTE Summer Enrichment Program, please contact:

Dee Dee Wallace

UR@UWM Summer Research Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014.
The Office of Undergraduate Research will be inviting a small group of incoming students to campus for four weeks during the summer (July 9 - August 8) to engage in cutting edge research with leading UWM faculty. This competitive program will pair each student with a researcher on campus, and provide room and board in the Sandburg residence halls, as well as a $1000 stipend. Students will spend 25-35 hours a week in their research mentors' lab settings, as well as meet twice weekly with the other summer researchers for a seminar that introduces them to the culture of university research. There will also be social activities to help make valuable connections and become familiar with the UWM environment.

A list of projects and applications are available here:  Click Here

Office Contact information
Kyla Esguerra,
Associate Director
Office of Undergraduate Research
Bolton Hall 192, Ph. (414) 229-2641
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee