“I meet with my Academic Advisor at least once a semester. Even though the program requirements are online, the Advisor lets me know when something will count for multiple requirements. My Advisor is a great reference for internships and scholarships, and has been helpful in helping me get ready for graduate school.”-Krystal McCain, Senior.

Develop a Plan and meet with your Academic Advisor once a semester


The transition to college marks the beginning of exciting and challenging new experiences. Understandably, you may have many ques¬tions. Dedicated to answering your questions are knowledgeable and reliable professionals, academic advisors. The University assigns a professional advisor to you, even if you are undecided about a major. In some schools and colleges, you may also have a faculty advisor whose area of study aligns with your choice of major.

In partnership, you and your advisor work together to enrich your academic experience. You can find the name of your advisor by looking on your PAWS account.
Advisors listen to your concerns and questions:

• What courses should I take?

• How long will it take to graduate?

• I’m struggling in one of my courses; what should I do?

Advisors are your best resource for understanding degree requirements and university procedures:

• How do I declare or change my major? 

• How does the UWM Repeat Rule apply to me? 

• How is my grade point average calculated? 

• What happens if I have to drop a class or withdraw from the University?

Advisors link you to campus resources:

• Where can I go for tutoring?

• Where can I go for career counseling? 

• How do I get involved with campus student organizations?

Make the most of your student-advisor partnership:

• Meet with your advisor AT LEAST once per semester. Your advisor’s calendar fills quickly around registration time (April for fall/summer; November for spring). Scheduling appointments several weeks in advance is recommended. 

• Keep your advising appointments. Your time is precious so come prepared with questions, concerns and issues. 

• Keep a Personal Academic File for your records such as transcripts, curriculum plans, e-mail, University forms and correspondence.

• Keep a calendar of important events (exam dates, assignment due dates).