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10 Reasons to Choose
UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

1. Location  

The Campus
Our bustling research campus lies in the heart of an attractive residential area that borders Lake Michigan. The neighborhood boasts an eclectic blend of stately homes and charming bungalows, plus a main street with a landmark movie theater, a bookstore coffee-shop, casual restaurants and more.

The City
Milwaukee is a big city -- the size of Boston and Denver – yet it rubs shoulders with quiet neighborhoods and pastoral settings.
For students, our location in Wisconsin’s largest city offers incredible opportunities to explore possible careers through hands-on learning and to make professional contacts for a lifetime.

For researchers, the complexity and diversity of the city offer exciting partnership opportunities.
And as a resident, you’re never far away from big-city offerings (an internationally acclaimed art museum, professional athletics, theaters, concerts, ethnic festivals, a medium-hub airport serving 90 cities non-sop) or pastoral settings (in which to fish, bike, hike, camp, ski, sail, and kayak). Of note: If you’re considering moving here, and have school-aged children, you may be interested in knowing that two of the state’s top three high schools (rated by U.S. News & World Report, 2008) are within five miles of campus.

2. Nationally Ranked School

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our social work program among the top 40 in the country. Three other reviews have ranked our criminal justice program as one of the top three in the Midwest.

3. Flexible Programs

Weekend and evening programs are offered in criminal justice and social work. In addition, undergraduates may take some courses online or partially online.

4. Job Links for a Lifetime

Our students can find jobs the old way – through bulletin board postings – or the new way – through UWM’s Career Development Center. The center provides students and alumni with a full range of career services and does so for a lifetime.

5. Student Support is High

At the School Level

We strongly encourage Social Welfare students to apply for scholarships that have been made available through donations from faculty, staff, alumni and other supporters. These scholarships are strictly for Social Welfare students and are in addition to those offered university-wide. Deadlines are usually in April and scholarships are listed on our website at www.uwm.edu/Dept/SSW. In addition, the school offers a variety of paid, work opportunities to students.

Social Work students are eligible for membership in Alpha Delta Mu, the school's social work honor society.

At the University Level 

More than half of UWM students receive financial aid. To learn more about financial assistance available from the federal government, your state, institutions, and private sources, contact your local library or UWM’s Department of Financial Aid and Student Employment Services at (414) 229-4551 or visit www.uwm.edu/Dept/FINAID.

6. Commitment to Diversity

UWM is the most diverse of the 13 UW System campuses, as reflected in our student body, employees, diversity initiatives, community resources and the range of much of our research.

UWM is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion or any other protected status recognized by Wisconsin or federal law.

7. Field Instruction and Affiliations  

In the Field Education Program, students begin applying what has been learned in the classroom. Our agency partners offer students supervised, professional experience within the full spectrum of criminal justice and social work.

Criminal Justice students choose from 200 affiliate sites, including federal law enforcement agencies; Social Work students select from hundreds of agency programs throughout Wisconsin.

Field instruction is mandatory for social work majors, highly encouraged for criminal justice majors.

8. Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our faculty has earned national and international recognition for their accomplishments in such areas as applied gerontology, behavioral health addictions, child welfare, and school violence.

In addition, they have been called upon by the state of Wisconsin to lead two statewide initiatives: educating and training foster parents; educating and training employees of the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare.

9. Opportunity for Overseas Experience

Through a long-standing arrangement with educators in Bristol, England, students can take a course in Bristol in which they compare the United Kingdom’s social welfare policies to those in the United States. Student also can do their field placement in a drug treatment center in Bristol.  Initiatives with other universities abroad are being developed.

10. UWM’s Tradition of Excellence

Some current numbers from the UWM campus: 28,000 students; 1,350 faculty and instructional staff; 2,000 staff members; 12 schools and colleges; 120 undergraduate majors and sub-majors; 49 master’s programs; 21 doctoral programs; 155 degrees offered; 5 million catalogued library items. 

UWM was founded 50 years ago on belief that a great city needs a great university, and it has not disappointed. Recently, on Milwaukee’s 160th anniversary, the public voted UWM as one of the city’s “gems.” It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation in the top group of U.S. colleges and universities called Doctoral/Research Universities –Extensive.