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Frequently Asked Questions
What is New Student Orientation? New Student Orientation is a one and a half day (overnight) program packed with information about UWM. At orientation new students will meet other students, learn about campus resources and student life, meet with advisors and register for classes. Current UWM students will guide new students through the days. All New Freshman are required to attend this program.
How do I sign up for New Student Orientation? You will be invited to sign up for New Student Orientation online after you have completed the following steps:
- Take Placement Tests
- Pay the $235 New Freshman Fee
- Submit the University Housing Contract and deposit OR Exemption Form (may be completed before or after taking the Placement Tests)
- Pay the $300 University Housing Contract Deposit (if completed a University Housing Contract)
When will I get my Placement Tests results? Results will be provided at New Student Orientation. Advisors will help select the appropriate courses.
How and when will I register for classes? You will register for classes during your New Student Orientation program. Academic advisors will provide program information, assist with course registration on PAWS and be available to answer your questions.
If I have a question concerning the University Housing Contract or Exemption form, who should I contact? Visit uwm.edu/housing for more information! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact University Housing by calling 414-229-4065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why can’t I see the $235 New Freshman Fee and/or the $300 Housing Contract Deposit on my PAWS account? The New Freshman Fee will be added to your account after Placement Test scores have been processed (about 1-2 weeks). The Housing Contract Deposit will be added to your account 1-2 weeks after submitting your contract. Contact the New Student Orientation Office regarding the New Freshman Fee at 414-229-5842 or email@example.com or University Housing regarding the Housing Contract Deposit at 414-229-4065 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
How can I pay my $300 University Housing Contract Deposit and/or $235 New Freshman Fee? Fees can be paid via the following methods:
- In person at the UWM Bursar Office, Mitchell Hall Room 285 with a check or debit card (no VISA)
- Send a check in the mail to P.O. Box 500, Milwaukee WI 53201-0500. Be sure the student’s name and campus ID number is in the memo line of the check.
- Online via PAWS.uwm.edu with Mastercard, American Express, or Webcheck.
I think I may be eligible to defer my NSO fees because I am eligible for veterans’ benefits. How do I find that out? Individuals who qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33 benefits) can defer their NSO fee to be taken out of their VA Benefits. Please contact the Military Education Benefits Office at 414-229-6627.
What if I can’t pay the $235 New Freshman Fee and/or $250 of the $300 University Housing Contract Fee ($50 of this fee is non-refundable and must be paid out of pocket)? You are eligible to use your financial aid to cover these fees if you received the Pell Grant as part of your financial aid award or have an expected family contribution (EFC) of zero (according to your FAFSA). To apply to defer one or both of these fees, please contact the New Student Orientation Office at 414-229-5842 or email@example.com You will be required to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss the future costs of college before a deferment is granted.
I paid my New Freshman Fee, but I am unable to register for orientation. What should I do? Your payment takes approximately 1-2 business days to process. Check nsorientation.uwm.edu 48 hours after you pay.
I want to change my major. How do I do that?
- If you have not yet registered for a New Student Orientation Program: When registering for an orientation program at nsorientation.uwm.edu you have the option to change your major by selecting the new major. Not all majors are present at every Orientation. You may be contacted by the NSO Office to switch your date.
- If you have already registered for a New Student Orientation Program: You need to complete a Major Change Request. Complete the form found at http://www4.uwm.edu/admission/upload/Major-Change.pdf.
- If you have already attended a New Student Orientation Program and signed up for classes: You need to speak directly to the department in which your new major is located.
- If you want to change your major on the day of their orientation program: Students cannot change their major to Architecture, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Nursing on the day of their program. Other requests may be granted.
How do I change my New Student Orientation date? Go to nsorientation.uwm.edu to re-register and choose a new date. The new date will overwrite your original date.
Do I have to stay overnight? All first year students must attend an overnight orientation program. Contact Colin Daly with questions (414-229-3309).
Do parents and family members need to attend New Student Orientation?Families and guests are welcome to attend but are not required. Families and guests will be separate from students for the majority of orientation as we have a separate Family & Guest Orientation program.
Will I be staying overnight with my parents?No. Families and guests choosing to stay in University Housing will be staying in building separate from the students. It is not required for families and guests stay overnight. Students can reserve a room for their guest(s) when registering for NSO at nsorientation.uwm.edu. (An additional charge of $20/person per night applies.) Families and guests may also consider one of the several hotels in Milwaukee available at www.visitmilwaukee.org.
I decided that I will not be attending UWM. Can I get my fees refunded?New Freshman Fee Refunds: Refunds will be granted to students who formally withdraw from the university by submitting a Cancel Application Request Form (http://www4.uwm.edu/admission/upload/AppCancel.pdf) by August 1 (for Fall) or January 2 (for Spring) and did not register for a New Student Orientation program at any point.
University Housing Contract Fee Refunds: Full or partial refunds are granted based on the date the Termination Form – Residence Halls (http://www4.uwm.edu/housing/policies/forms.cfm) is completed. Refer to the University Housing Contract Guide Book for more information (uwm.edu/housing) or contact 414-229-4065 or firstname.lastname@example.org