Class Registration

In the U.S. and at UWM, students actively select their class schedules. When setting a course schedule, students need to consider the requirements for their major and degree, and the best resource for helping students understand those requirements are academic advisors (for undergraduate students) or graduate program representatives (for graduate students).

At some point, either before you arrive or during the week of orientation, you will select and enroll in courses through PAWS. Here are a few helpful links on the topic of enrollment and class registration:

Searching for Classes: This website focuses on the process of searching for classes through your UWM PAWS account.

New Student Enrollment Checklist: This pdf document is geared toward new students. It will walk you through the entire enrollment process, including activating your Panther ID, checking for and clearing holds on your account, and searching for classes.

Undergraduate Students

Placement Tests

Before you can select and enroll in an English or Math class, you must take placement tests. Placement tests are taken on-campus, and the results place you into the appropriate English and Math course level. Students in some majors may choose to also take a Chemistry Placement Test.

Placement tests that deal with level of English are not the same as TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE, and the results of your placement test do not affect your admission or level of English proficiency for admission purposes.

  • All new freshman students take math and English placement tests
    • A CAE/CPE, TOEFL, or IELTS score does NOT substitute for a placement test in English.
  • New transfer students need to communicate with their academic advisor to understand whether placement tests are necessary. Most likely, if you have not taken English or Math courses at the university level, you will need to take the placement tests.

Fall 2017 Placement Testing Option 1 (Strongly recommended for all new undergraduate students)

For international undergraduate students arriving the week of August 28, 2017, go to and register for the following test:

  1. International Student Placement Testing session on August 29, 2017. This session will include the required testing for both math and English. English testing will be offered for both native speakers and non-native speakers

Fall 2017 Placement Testing Option 2

For international undergraduate students who are arriving to campus before the week of August 28, 2017 and would like to test on an earlier date, go to and register for the following two tests:

  1. Math Placement
    • Sign up anytime the exam called “Placement” is offered to complete the Math Placement Test
  2. English Placement
    • Non-native speakers of English should sign up to take the English Placement Test (Non-Native Speaker)
    • Native speakers of English or those who do not wish to take the Non-Native Placement Test can sign up anytime the exam called “Placement” is offered to complete the English Placement Test.

Academic Advising

When you are admitted, you are assigned an academic advisor from your School or College. Your academic advisor will help you identify courses that satisfy the requirements of your major and degree.

  • You can find your advisor’s name and email in your PAWS account. Feel free to contact your advisor before you arrive to campus. Advisors welcome questions from students and are especially eager to help new students get a great start to their academic careers.
  • During the week of August 28, 2017, there will be scheduled meeting times when you can talk with your advisor in-person.


Graduate Students

Graduate students can contact their respective graduate program representative to inquire which faculty member will advise on course registration. It is important to register as early as possible because classes fill up.