Enrolling in Classes

You can easily make changes to your schedule in PAWS before classes begin. Always double-check the changes you make in PAWS by reviewing my class schedule in the Academics section.

If you have questions about your schedule, contact your Academic Advisor. If you’re having trouble with PAWS, call the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040 or toll free at (877) 381-3459.

Panther Enrollment Checklist
The Panther Enrollment Checklist is an interactive checklist in PAWS that continuing degree-seeking undergraduate students are required to complete prior to enrolling in fall and spring semester classes.  Completing the checklist provides students with critical enrollment-related information along with a way to update and confirm their contact information prior to enrolling for classes.

Students will receive an email at their campus (@uwm.edu) email address in early November (spring enrollment) and in early April (fall enrollment) that indicates the Panther Enrollment Checklist is available on their PAWS account.

To complete the checklist, students click on the Panther Enrollment Checklist link in the To Do List section of their PAWS account, and work through the onscreen steps (see detailed screenshots):

  1. Review the information on the Launch page, click Mark As Read, and then click Next.
  2. If updates to Addresses need to be made, enter the changes by clicking Edit or Add A New Address.  Once that is completed, or if no changes are needed, click Mark As Read and then Next.
  3. If updates to Phone Numbers need to be made, enter the changes by clicking Edit or Add A Phone Number.  Once that is completed, or if no changes are needed, click Mark As Read and then Next.
  4. If updates to Emergency Contacts need to be made, enter the changes by clicking Edit or Add An Emergency Contact.  Once that is completed, or if no changes are needed, click Mark As Read and then Next.
  5. Review the information on the Complete page, then click Finish.  This will immediately release the Panther Enrollment Checklist enrollment hold.

Students will receive a confirmation email at their campus (@uwm.edu) email address after the checklist is completed.  This email includes important dates and deadlines for enrolling in the upcoming semester.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Registrar’s Office Contact Form.

Adding Classes
Once you’ve identified classes for enrollment, there are steps you need to take to complete the enrollment process.  And sometimes you aren’t able to complete the enrollment process in PAWS, and those situations are covered below, as well.

Adding Classes in PAWS
  1. Once all of your classes are in your Shopping Cart, check the boxes in the Select column and click the enroll button
  2. Review the Confirm classes page, then click the FINISH ENROLLING button
  3. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have enrolled successfully
  4. If your request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
  5. When you finish enrolling, double-check your changes by reviewing the my class schedule sub-tab

If you have questions or need assistance adding classes, contact your Academic Advisor or the UWM One Stop.

Print or View Your Class Schedule
Once you’ve finished enrolling in classes, you can print a weekly schedule from PAWS.

  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the Academics header, click in the drop down menu and select Class Schedule, then click the arrow button
  3. Select the current term to print, then click the Continue button
  4. From the List View, you can view your class information and the current status
  5. Click the View the Course Materials for your enrolled classes link to view or order your book list at the UWM Bookstore
  6. Click the Weekly Calendar View button for a snapshot schedule of your classes by day and time
  7. Below the Display Options header, click the blue Printer Friendly Page to print an easy to read document
Permission Needed to Enroll
If you are unable to add a course in PAWS, you may be able to gain permission to enroll in the course.  Some permissions are granted by the instructor or department offering the course, while others are granted by your academic advisor – and some require approval from both.

There are two primary methods of gaining permission to enroll in a course:

  1. A paper-based Add/Drop Form.  This form requires your signature as the student, and also has places for department/instructor and school/college (academic advisor) signatures, depending on the nature of the permission.  Make sure to fill out the class information completely on the form before submitting it.  Completed forms can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office via online form, in-person, or fax.
  2. A Class Permission in PAWS.  This is a permission assigned within PAWS that allows you to enroll in the class yourself via PAWS.

The following chart explains the typical reasons for permission, the approvals required, and the method of receiving permission:

ReasonApproval RequiredMethod
You want to take more credits than the maximum credit load allowedAcademic AdvisorClass Permission
You want to repeat a course beyond the allowed limit (speak to the course instructor also)Academic AdvisorAdd/Drop Form
The class status is closed, but you want to enroll anywayInstructor or DepartmentClass Permission or Add/Drop Form
You don't meet the course prerequisites but feel you're ready to take the class anywayInstructor or DepartmentClass Permission or Add/Drop Form
The course requires an instructor's consent to enrollInstructor or DepartmentClass Permission or Add/Drop Form
The "Add Deadline" has passed, but you want to enroll in the class anywayAcademic Advisor & InstructorAdd/Drop Form
The "Drop With W Deadline" has passed, but you want to drop the class anywayAcademic Advisor & InstructorAdd/Drop Form
Identifying Instructors or Departments for Approval
The instructor of a course is typically listed on the Schedule of Classes or the class listing in PAWS.  If no instructor appears, or you are unable to contact the instructor, you can contact the academic department to seek permission to enroll.  Contact information for departments typically can be found through a search on the UWM home page, although you also should be able to find that information listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Identifying School/College for Approval
School/college approvals pertain to a your primary program of study or major.

For graduate students, school/college approvals are granted by the Graduate School.

For undergraduate students, school/college approvals are granted by your academic advising unit.  For non-degree (“university special”) undergraduate students, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides school/college approval.

Steps to identify your school/college via PAWS:

  1. Log in to PAWS (paws.uwm.edu).
  2. Click on the “My Academics” link in the Academics section of your Student Center.
  3. A section called “My Program” will appear on the right hand side of the screen.
    • If your Career is Graduate, your school/college is always the Graduate School.
    • If your Career is Undergraduate, your school/college is identified in the Program listing (e.g., Business-Undergraduate). If the Program listing indicates University Special, see “Non-Degree Undergraduate Students” below.
School/College Listing

Graduate Students

Office of Graduate Education, Graduate School
Office: MIT 261
Email: gradschool@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-6569
Fax: 414-229-6967

Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students

Academic Opportunity Center
Office: MIT 173
Phone: 414-229-4696
Fax: 414-229-2863

School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Office: AUP 225
Email: sarup-advising@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4015

Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
Office: LUB N297
Email: uwmbba@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-5271

School of Education
Office: END 209
Email: oas@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4721
Fax: 414-229-4705

College of Engineering and Applied Science
Office: EMS E386
Email: ceas-adv@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4667
Fax: 414-229-2854

Global Studies Program
Office: GAR 111/113
Phone: 414-229-6925 or 414-229-3042

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Office: END 1110
Email: ssw@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4852
Fax: 414-229-5311

College of Health Sciences
Office: NWQ B 6451
Email: chs-info@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2758

School of Information Studies
Office: NWQ B 3550
Phone: 414-229-4707
Fax: 414-229-6699

College of Letters and Science
Office: HOL 142
Email: let-sci@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4654

College of Nursing
Office: CUN 135
Phone: 414-229-5047
Fax: 414-229-5554

Peck School of the Arts
Office: THR 120
Phone: 414-229-4763

Non-Degree Undergraduate Students
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office: Vogel Hall Visitor’s Center
Phone: 414-229-2222
Fax: 414-229-3788

Using Waitlists
You cannot add a class if it is full. Many classes offer waitlists  to hold your place in line if seats open up. Generally, waitlists are active through the week before classes start, but you should check the Important Dates by Term for exact dates.

  • Classes with waitlists are full (but not closed) and are marked with a yellow triangle
  • The Class Availability shows you how many students are on the Waitlist already
  • If you add yourself to the Waitlist, you can view your place in line under my class schedule in the Academics section
  • If a seat opens up and you don’t have any scheduling conflicts, you’ll be automatically enrolled.  This process will run each weekday to add waitlisted students into the class if spots open up.  You will be notified by email if you are added into the course or if there is an issue that would prevent you from being added.
If no waitlist option appears for a closed course...

Waitlists, like classes, can fill up – once all spots on the waitlist are full, the class will appear as closed.  Further, not all classes and departments utilize waitlists.
If you want to drop one section if enrolled in another section of the same course...
Enrolling in an open section of a course while waitlisted for another section will drop you from the waitlisted section. However, if you add the open section first and then waitlist yourself for a different, closed section, you can use the checkbox that says “Drop if Enroll” checkbox on the Enrollment Preferences page. (This does not always work for classes with multiple parts, like lecture and lab, since you cannot be both enrolled and waitlisted for the same section.)  Note that this option is only available at the point that you are initially adding yourself to a waitlist.
If you are on the waitlist and there seems to be an opening in the class, but you haven't been added to the roster...

The process to automatically move students into open spots happens on weekday evenings.  If you are first on a waitlist but are not moved into a course, we recommend that you check your UWM email for a message that will explain the problem.
If you want to be waitlisted for a class with a lab or discussion section..
When a waitlisted class has multiple parts (a lecture and a lab or discussion, for example), there must be openings in each of the sections you’ve selected in order to be moved from the waitlist into the class.  You also cannot be simultaneously enrolled in and waitlisted for any part of a multi-part course.
If your waitlisted class would take you above the maximum credits for the term...
You cannot be waitlisted for a class if adding that class would lead you to exceed the maximum allowable credits for that particular term.  For undergraduates, the maximum allowable credit limits are: 18 credits in Fall/Spring, 12 credits in summer, or 3 credits in Winterim).
If you are still on the waitlist when the class is about to begin...
Waitlists are only active until the last Friday before classes begin for the term (or the session, in the case of summer courses).  Once a class begins, you will have to speak to the instructor or academic department about enrolling in a full course.

You can get more help with waitlists from the UWM Help Desk at 414-229-4040.

Changing Your Class Schedule

You are generally eligible to alter your schedule through the add and drop deadlines for a semester.  However, there are implications associated with changing your schedule that should be kept in mind, particularly if you are making alterations after the semester has started.

Contact your academic advisor if you have specific questions about changing your schedule.

Financial Implications

If you’re changing the number of credits in your schedule or swapping classes that require additional fees, you may be increasing or decreasing your total charges. Check your PAWS account for an accurate, up-to-date total of your charges. You can contact the Bursar Office for more information.

If you’re covering all or part of your charges with financial aid, you have to make it to the “60% Point” of the semester to earn your entire financial aid award. If you drop one or more classes before the “60% Point,” you’ll be responsible for paying back at least a portion of the financial aid you’ve accepted. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Change a Discussion or Lab Section
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the Academics header, click on the Enroll link
  3. Click on the edit sub-tab
  4. Under the Classes you are allowed to edit header, select the class you want to change and click the PROCEED TO STEP 2 OF 3 button
  5. Choose your new Discussion or Lab section and click NEXT
  6. Check your new class preferences and and click NEXT
  7. Review your selections and click the FINISH EDITING button to submit
  8. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have edited successfully
  9. If you request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
Swap a Class
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the Academics header, click on the Enroll link
  3. Click on the swap sub-tab
  4. Under the Swap This Class header, choose the current class you want to drop
  5. Under the With This Class header, enter your new 5-digit class number or search for a new class
  6. Click the Finish Swapping button
  7. Review the Confirm your selection screen, then click the FINISH SWAPPING button to submit
  8. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have swapped successfully
  9. If you request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
Drop a Single Class
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the Academics header, click on the Enroll link
  3. Click on the drop sub-tab
  4. Check the box in the Select column next to the class you want to drop
  5. Click the DROP SELECTED CLASSES button
  6. Review the Confirm your selection screen, then click the FINISH DROPPING button to submit
  7. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have dropped successfully
  8. If you request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column

Note: Dropping a class may have transcript and financial impacts.

Changes After Posted Deadlines
The Registrar’s Office enforces registration deadlines for all courses.  For undergraduates, any requests for changes after posted deadlines must be approved through a process of appeal through your school or college.  Graduate students should refer to Exceptions to Graduate School Policy.

Information for undergraduate students who wish to submit an appeal to add, drop, withdrawal, or otherwise change their class schedule following term and session deadlines can be found within the Appeal Instructions for Late Change in Registration.  Please note that such appeals may be either denied or approved by your School or College advising unit, and the attached document is not meant to cover all possible enrollment-related appeal situations.

If the appeal is approved, students must submit a Registration Change Form to the Registrar’s Office.

Drop All Classes: Withdrawal

If you need to leave school for personal or medical reasons, you need to complete a withdrawal. After the first day of class, you are responsible for withdrawal fees or a percentage of your tuition. Withdrawing after the 25% point for any of your classes will result in a “W” grade for those classes on your transcript. A “W” grade is an administrative notation; it has no impact on your GPA or ability to re-enroll in classes. Dropping classes may also have financial impacts.

Before the 50% point for each of your classes, you can withdraw on your own by successfully dropping each of your classes in PAWS. Dropping all of your classes in PAWS will automatically result in a withdrawal.

You’re encouraged to talk to your Academic Advisor before withdrawing, particularly after classes start.

After the 50% point for each of your classes, approval is required for withdrawal. Approval will only be granted for reasons other than academic difficulty. Print out and complete a Withdrawal Form. Return the form to your Academic Advisor by certified mail, fax, or in person. Additional information may be required by your Academic Advisor before the withdrawal request is considered.

Check your PAWS Student Center to verify withdrawal. From your Student Center, click on the Enroll link in the Academics section and select the applicable term. If your withdrawal is processed, a red box will appear indicating that your status is withdrawn.