Many students don’t always know who to contact with questions or concerns about their academics or student life in general. Outside of the classroom, your Academic Advisor is your main point of contact as a student. You’re assigned to an Academic Advisor within the Advising Office of your School or College.
- Log in to PAWS
- On the right side of your Student Center, find the yellow Advisor header
- All students will see a Program Advisor and some students will also see a Multicultural Advisor
- You can click on the blue details button to send your Academic Advisor an email
- You can also look up your Academic Advisor’s name in the UWM directory to call, email, or visit
Specifically, your Academic Advisor…
- Directs you to UWM support services and resources
- Helps you make realistic educational plans so you can complete your degree
- Assists you in defining your educational, professional, and life goals
- Helps you overcome educational, personal, or academic struggles
- Guides you to identify your strengths
- Shows you how to interpret UWM policies and procedures
- Recommends co-curricular activities for personal development
Here are some suggestions for making the most of your meeting:
- Bring a list of questions or concerns you want to talk about
- Figure out what you liked and didn’t like about your last semester
- Spend some time thinking about your current and future goals
- Be open to your Academic Advisor’s feedback
- Be honest about yourself and your expectations
- Log in to PAWS
- Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue My Academics link
- Click View my advisement report next to the Academic Requirements header
- Click the UWM General Education Requirements menu to review your progress and recommended open classes
- During Open Enrollment, you can add classes to your Shopping Cart from the Academic Advisement Report
This report is a nice guideline, but you shouldn’t use it in place of a meeting with your Academic Advisor.
Student Business: When to do What
These helpful to-do lists will keep you on track with your student related business.
You can also browse the One Stop Calendar or view a list of important deadlines.
- University Housing and Meal Plan Charges are due for the Fall Semester
- Buy or rent your Fall Semester textbooks
- Fall Semester Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
- Sell back or return your Summer Term textbooks
- Summer Term grades post to your PAWS account
- Pick up your UPASS for the fall semester
First day of classes for Fall Semester
- First Installment Payment Plan charge for the Fall Semester is due
- The UWinteriM Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your UWinteriM schedule
- The Spring Semester Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Spring Semester schedule
- Enrollment for UWinteriM begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add UWinteriM classes
- Attend the All Majors Career Day
- Enrollment for the Spring Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Spring Semester classes
- Second Installment Payment Plan charge for the Fall Semester is due
Final Exams and last day of classes for Fall Semester
- Sell back or return your Fall Semester textbooks
- UWinteriM Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
- UWinteriM tuition is due
- Fall Semester grades post to your PAWS account
UWinteriM classes in session (beginning and ending in January)
- University Housing and Meal Plan Charges post and are due for the Spring Semester
- Buy or rent your Spring Semester textbooks
- Spring Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
- Pick up your UPASS for the spring semester
First day of classes for Spring Semester
- Second Installment Payment Plan charge for the Spring Semester is due
- The Fall Semester Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Fall Semester schedule
- Enrollment for the Summer Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Summer Semester classes
- Preorder your Summer textbooks online
- Enjoy your summer!
General Degree Requirements
When you carefully plan out your courses, you’re more likely to graduate in a shorter time frame with fewer extra classes. Talk to your Academic Advisor if you’re unsure about your course requirements or whether you’re satisfying them.
You have to satisfy the GERs in these 8 areas:
- Oral & Written Communication: Achieve required placement OR earn a C or better in English 102 & a 3-credit (OWC part B) course
- Quantitative Literacy: Achieve required placement OR earn a C or better in Math 103, 105, or 175 & a 3-credit (QL part B) course
- Foreign Language: 2 years of high school or 2 semesters of college in a single language
- Arts: a 3-credit (A) course
- Humanities: Two 3-credit (HU) courses
- Natural Sciences: A 3-credit (NS) or (NS+) course and a 3-credit (NS+) course
- Social Science: Two 3-credit (SS) courses
- Cultural Diversity: A 3-credit (CD) course
Your Cultural Diversity course may be combined with your (A), (HU), or (SS) course. Always check the status of your GERs with your Academic Advisor.
Most UWM programs publish a recommended year-by-year course schedule that you can use as a guide when you enroll in classes. You can also search the Undergraduate Catalog for the list of credits, courses, and requirements in your program.
A minor is an optional secondary specialty that usually backs up the major. You can take any elective courses you want, but some students choose to build a minor out of their electives.
Your Academic Advisor can walk you through the process of declaring your major or minor. If you’re having trouble narrowing down, choosing, or changing your major, the Career Development Center can guide you through making a decision.
UWM has General Degree Requirements for all undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree:
- A minimum of 120 undergraduate degree credits
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
- 30 or more of your total credits and at least half of your major credits were earned in residency at UWM
Each School and College has specific Graduation Requirements that elaborate on the University requirements. Work with your Academic Advisor to make sure you stay on track with the Degree Requirements of your School or College.
|UWM Degree Honors|
|Honors College Degree*||
|Honors College Degree with Distinction*||
*Contact the Honors College for admission requirements and program details.