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: Northwest Quad – Building D Room 1871
2025 E Newport Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211

Register By Dec. 15, 2017

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*
11:30am – Career Services*
11:45am – SOIS Mini Tour / Break
12:00pm – 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:

NWQ Parking Structure
Please park in the NWQ Parking Structure that can be accessed off of E. Newport Ave. or E. Hartford Ave. You can then take the skywalk located on the 1st floor of the garage to get into the building. There will be free parking passes available at the check-in table to use upon exiting the structure.

Student ID (PantherCard):

Onsite Students:
Students can purchase a card in the PantherCard Office (Union 143) for $15. The PantherCard Office is open Monday through Friday (except holidays) during the following hours:

Academic Year (September until late-May): 8:00am – 4:30pm
Summer (late-May through August): 10:00am – 4:00pm

Distance Students:
PantherCards without a photo are available for 100% online students (students who never come to campus). If at some point you transition to classes on campus, update your card in the PantherCard Office so that you can access campus services.

To order a PantherCard without a photo, send an email to, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. The $15 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.

For more information please visit:

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