New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to the School of Information Studies (SOIS)!  We invite you to attend the SOIS Orientation & Welcome Program.  Please join us and meet faculty, staff and advisors. Get a personalized campus tour. Learn the ins and outs of being a UWM Graduate Student and explore your degree options!

Spring 2018 Orientation

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
UWM Campus
Room: TBD

Register By Jan. 04, 2018

Spring 2019 Orientation

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
UWM Campus
Room: TBD

RSVP Coming Soon!

Fall 2018 Orientation

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
UWM Campus
Room: TBD

Register By Aug. 09, 2018

Fall 2019 Orientation

Saturday, August 24th, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
UWM Campus
Room: TBD

RSVP Coming Soon!

Orientation Details

Tentative Agenda:

9:30am – Check In
10:00am – Welcome & Introductions
10:15am – What Have I Done*
11:45am – Tech Talk*
12:30pm – Lunch with SOIS Faculty & Staff
2:00pm – Library Services*
2:25pm – Current Graduate Student Panel*
2:40pm – Optional Campus Tour or Tech Q&A

*These sessions will be recorded
If you are unable to attend the Orientation, the recorded sessions will be posted online afterward (see video links below).

For more information on the agenda, please contact:
Assistant Dean Chad Zahrt (

Will be served. Please contact Laura Meyer ( with any dietary questions or concerns.

Hotel Accommodation Options:
We recommend using UWM Kenilworth Square Apartments Guest Housing:

For other accommodations, please visit:

Parking Options:
UWM Union Parking Structure
Please park in the Union Parking Structure located off of E. Kenwood Blvd. There will be free parking passes available at the check-in table to use upon exiting the structure.

Orientation Videos

As a new or returning graduate student at the School of Information Studies, its time to look ahead to the new semester!

To help you prepare for your graduate studies and to give you a jump start on success, we encourage you to attend an in-person orientation session or view our ONLINE ORIENTATION VIDEOS. The information below will provide valuable information to you on policies, procedures and what to expect as a new graduate student.

Our advising staff is available in-person or via phone, email or online chat to answer any questions you might have. Contact an Academic Advisor Here>>

MLIS Orientation –  What Have I Done?

MLIS Orientation – Tech Talk

MLIS Orientation – Distance Library Services

MLIS Orientation – Student Panel