I'm starting in the Fall

The following checklist items are broken down into three categories: RequiredRecommended and Bonus Points. Required are your must do steps – you won’t be able to enroll in classes without completing themRecommended items are steps that our most successful students complete. Finally, Bonus Points are steps that will be helpful to your transition to UWM, but will not have any direct bearing on your enrollment.

REQUIRED:

1. Check your Paws account - often!
Your PAWS account is your connection to important information about your application and enrollment at UWM. On PAWS, you’ve got a To Do List, which lists steps you need to take care of to get admitted and enrolled; your Financial Aid award, where you accept your grants and loans; Finances, where you pay tuition and fees; and Enrollment, where you register for classes. Access your account at paws.uwm.edu and check it often for updates!

Never been on PAWS? You must first activate your ePanther ID and create a password. You’ll use this login for PAWS, your UWM email (assigned just before New Student Orientation), and all other online UWM resources.

2. Pay your $150 Confirmation Deposit
This deposit confirms your intent to enroll at UWM. You can pay on your PAWS account by clicking on ‘Make a Payment’ in the Finances section. For other payment options, visit the Bursar’s Office website.

Make sure you commit to UWM by National Decision Day, May 1st and show your school spirit!

*Please note this deposit is not refundable if you attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) program or fail to cancel your NSO registration at least 10 days before your scheduled program.
3. Determine Living Arrangments
UWM requires all first-time, full-time freshmen to live in University Housing residence halls, where availability allows. Ample research shows compelling evidence that students who live in university-provided housing perform better academically, and enjoy a higher degree of satisfaction with their college experience, than students who live off-campus or commute.

However, some students may qualify for an exemption, including students who are living at home with parents or guardians. For a full list of students who qualify for an exemption, see our Residency Requirement Exemption Request.

Living on campus

Living in University Housing is a great way to transition to college life. Whether you’re meeting up with your professor in the lounge after class, taking part in a volunteer project or just relaxing with friends in your room, you’ll discover that our residence halls sit at the intersection of classroom, campus and community. And research has shown that living on campus contributes positively to a student’s overall success.

But how do you sign up? Easy! You will receive access to your Housing Contract via email. Complete your contract, and also list any specific hall or roommate requests. Don’t forget to consider our Living Learning Communities! After submitting your Contract, you will be billed for your $100 Housing Prepayment/Deposit. Be sure to pay this deposit in PAWS to secure your spot in University Housing. The priority deadline for Housing Contracts and payments is May 1st.

Living off campus

If you will be living at home with a parent or guardian, you may receive an exemption to the freshman live-on requirement. In order to apply for this exemption, you must do the following:

If you commute from home, don’t worry, we’ll help you get connected to campus! You’ll hear from your Peer Mentor, a student from the Student Success Center who will help you meet other students, show you around campus, and assist you with your academic success. You can also visit the Commuter Student Lounge located within the Inclusive Excellence Center in the Union.

The priority deadline for all Housing paperwork is May 1st. For more information, visit University Housing online.

4. Take your placement Tests
Placement tests determine which courses you are ready for and maximize your chances for success. All incoming New Freshmen must complete placement testing in Math and English (there are options for both native and non-native speaker English testing). Students interested in taking Chemistry and/or Foreign Language courses who would like to try and place beyond introductory college levels are encouraged to take placement tests in these areas as well. Registration for placement tests opens February 1st and testing dates begin in March.

You can take your placements tests here at UWM or at other locations. Please note that chemistry and English placement for non-native speakers are only available at UWM on designated dates; they are not available at other testing locations.

The priority deadline to complete placement tests is May 1stGet more information about testing options and register at newfreshmentesting.uwm.edu

5. Register for New Student Orientation
After you have paid your Confirmation Deposit, completed your Housing requirements, and taken your Placement Tests, you will be invited to register for New Student Orientation (NSO). Orientation is an overnight program required for all New Freshmen and is a great opportunity to become more acclimated to campus, meet your fellow Panthers, meet with your advisor, and register for classes. If you are ready to sign up for Orientation, you’ll see it as a To Do List item on your PAWS account. Registration begins in April. We encourage you to register for the earliest possible NSO date so that you’ll have the best selection of courses and suggest registering by May 1st for the most flexible options.

For more information about our New Student Orientation and Family Orientation programs, and to register, visit uwm.edu/nsorientation.

6. Complete your University Credit Agreement
Every student must electronically sign the University Credit Agreement. This will appear on your To Do List on your PAWS account in the spring and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office.
7. Send in your final High School transcripts
Be sure to send us your final transcript once your final grades and graduation date have been posted. Transcripts can be sent to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201

8. Pay your tuition fees
In July, and after you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. One of those fees is the $100 New Freshman Fee which covers various costs for campus resources such as your campus ID and Fall Welcome programming.

Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit our Bursar’s Office.

RECOMMENDED:

1. Tour campus...See Milwaukee
Whether you are still considering several schools or you’ve already made your decision to attend UWM, planning a visit is the best way to experience all that UWM and the city of Milwaukee have to offer! Our See Milwaukee guided tours are open to all who want to get acquainted with UWM and Milwaukee. While on a UWM campus tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Admissions Advisor, take a tour with a current student to see our beautiful campus and its surrounding community, and pair your tour with information sessions about your potential area(s) of academic interest. For more information on all of our visit programs, head to visit.uwm.edu.
2. Plan to attend Go Milwaukee
Go Milwaukee is our spring event that’s made just for admitted students! Go Milwaukee is a full-day program where we will help you finalize your decision to make UWM your new home. Take the opportunity to connect with other future Panthers, tour the city of Milwaukee, and hear from alums and current students about why they love UWM. Our next Go Milwaukee programs will take place in the Spring of 2017. Visit gomilwaukee.uwm.edu for more information.

Missed Go Milwaukee? You can sign up for See Milwaukee, our campus tour, at any time: visit.uwm.edu.

3. Consider financial options and complete FAFSA
College is an investment – well worth it, but many students need help with the costs. To apply for financial aid, including grants (gift money you don’t have to pay back) and loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA. File this online at www.fafsa.gov. Our school code is 003896.

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA is available three months earlier—October 1, 2016. You will use your 2015 tax information—which you most likely completed months ago. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your tax information makes completing the FAFSA easier than ever. Apply as soon as possible to be given maximum consideration for funds that may be limited. The Financial Aid Office will use the results of your FAFSA to determine what kind of aid you’re eligible to receive, and notify you via email once we put together an award package for you. Having this information earlier should help you make important decisions about how to pay for college, building a budget, and determining housing options.

We also have lots of great information on the Financial Aid website! Learn about the different types of financial aid, how to apply, and read important announcements. Make sure to check out our cool budgeting tool, the UWM Total Cost Estimator. Still have questions? Please contact the Financial Aid Office for help.

4. Research Scholarship Options
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your education since they’re money you don’t need to pay back. They’re competitive but well worth the effort. Research potential scholarship opportunities at scholarships.uwm.edu.
5. Consider joining a Living Learning Community
You already know that living on campus has academic and social benefits, but imagine living with people who share the same interests! Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are a “community within a community,” grouping students together in the residence hall based on a common interest (and usually a class) – like the Arts, community service, or Health Professions. LLC students share an immediate connection with one another, creating a supportive community that, statistically speaking, results in higher GPAs and higher graduation rates than their peers.

Check out all the LLC Choices.

To sign up for an LLC, simply indicate which LLC you’re interested in when completing your contract. Note that all LLC choices must be made by May 1st.

Not living on campus? Don’t worry – we also offer a variety of Learning Communities geared to enhance your success you first year here. With a variety of styles and subject matter, you can connect with peers and better prepare yourself for the rigors of college.

BONUS POINTS:

1. Connect with UWM and fellow students on social media
Connect with other future Panthers by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, don’t forget to follow our Tour Guides, and connect with other future Panthers in your class on the Class of 2021 Facebook group.
2. Think about getting an on-campus job
UWM is committed to professional development of our student workers, so an on-campus job is more than just money in your pocket, it’s a chance to learn and grow as a young professional. Plus, many offer flexible hours and are easy to get to in between classes. While you can’t start working until you’re officially a student, check out what kinds of jobs are out there and prepare yourself at Panther Jobs.
3. Find a Student Organization (or two, or three, or…)
UWM has over 300 Student Organizations on campus! You’re bound to find one (or several) that interest you. Whether you’ve been participating in an activity for years and want to keep it up or you’re looking to venture out and try something new, our student orgs are a great way to get involved!

I'm starting in the Spring

Welcome to the Spring semester! While all the steps to enrollment are the same as students who start in Fall, the timeline is a bit different. The following checklist items are broken down into three categories: RequiredRecommended and Bonus Points. Required are your must do steps – you won’t be able to enroll in classes without completing themRecommended items are steps that our most successful students complete. Finally, Bonus Points are steps that will be helpful to your transition to UWM, but will not have any direct bearing on your enrollment.

REQUIRED:

1. Check your Paws account - often!
Your PAWS account is your connection to important information about your application and enrollment at UWM. On PAWS, you’ve got a To Do List, which lists steps you need to take care of to get admitted and enrolled; your Financial Aid award, where you accept your grants and loans; Finances, where you pay tuition and fees; and Enrollment, where you register for classes. Access your account at paws.uwm.edu and check it often for updates!

Never been on PAWS? You must first activate your ePanther ID and create a password. You’ll use this login for PAWS, your UWM email (assigned just before New Student Orientation), and all other online UWM resources.

2. Pay your $150 Confirmation Deposit
This deposit confirms your intent to enroll at UWM. You can pay on your PAWS account by clicking on ‘Make a Payment’ in the Finances section. For other payment options, visit the Bursar’s Office website.

*Please note this deposit is not refundable if you attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) program or fail to cancel your NSO registration at least 10 days before your scheduled program.
3. Determine Living Arrangments
UWM requires all first-time, full-time freshmen to live in University Housing residence halls, where availability allows. Ample research shows compelling evidence that students who live in university-provided housing perform better academically, and enjoy a higher degree of satisfaction with their college experience, than students who live off-campus or commute.

However, some students may qualify for an exemption, including students who are living at home with parents or guardians. For a full list of students who qualify for an exemption, see our Residency Requirement Exemption Request.

Living on campus

Living in University Housing is a great way to transition to college life. Whether you’re meeting up with your professor in the lounge after class, taking part in a volunteer project or just relaxing with friends in your room, you’ll discover that our residence halls sit at the intersection of classroom, campus and community. And research has shown that living on campus contributes positively to a student’s overall success.

But how do you sign up? Easy! You will receive access to your Housing Contract via email. Complete your contract, and also list any specific hall or roommate requests. Don’t forget to consider our Living Learning Communities! After submitting your Contract, you will be billed for your $100 Housing Prepayment/Deposit. Be sure to pay this deposit in PAWS to secure your spot in University Housing. The priority deadline for Housing Contracts and payments is December 1st.

Living off campus

If you will be living at home with a parent or guardian, you may receive an exemption to the freshman live-on requirement. In order to apply for this exemption, you must do the following:

If you commute from home, don’t worry, we’ll help you get connected to campus! You’ll hear from your Peer Mentor, a student from the Student Success Center who will help you meet other students, show you around campus, and assist you with your academic success. You can also visit the Commuter Student Lounge located within the Inclusive Excellence Center in the Union.

The priority deadline for all Housing paperwork is December 1st. For more information, visit University Housing online.

4. Take your placement Tests
Placement tests determine which courses you are ready for and maximize your chances for success. All incoming New Freshmen must complete placement testing in Math and English (there are options for both native and non-native speaker English testing). Students interested in taking Chemistry and/or Foreign Language courses who would like to try and place beyond introductory college levels are encouraged to take placement tests in these areas as well. Registration for placement tests opens October 1st and testing dates begin in November.

Get more information about testing options and register at newfreshmentesting.uwm.edu

5. Register for New Student Orientation
After you have paid your Confirmation Deposit, completed your Housing requirements, and taken your Placement Tests, you will be invited to register for New Student Orientation (NSO). Orientation is an overnight program required for all New Freshmen and is a great opportunity to become more acclimated to campus, meet your fellow Panthers, meet with your advisor, and register for classes. If you are ready to sign up for Orientation, you’ll see it as a To Do List item on your PAWS account. Registration begins in April. We encourage you to register for the earliest possible NSO date so that you’ll have the best selection of courses and suggest registering by December 1st for the most flexible options.

For more information about our New Student Orientation and Family Orientation programs, and to register, visit uwm.edu/nsorientation.

6. Complete your University Credit Agreement
Every student must electronically sign the University Credit Agreement. This will appear on your To Do List on your PAWS account in the spring and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office.
7. Send in your final High School transcripts
Be sure to send us your final transcript once your final grades and graduation date have been posted. Transcripts can be sent to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201

8. Pay your tuition fees
In January, and after you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. One of those fees is the $100 New Freshman Fee which covers various costs for campus resources such as your campus ID and Fall Winter Welcome programming.

Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit our Bursar’s Office.

RECOMMENDED:

1. Tour campus...See Milwaukee
Whether you are still considering several schools or you’ve already made your decision to attend UWM, planning a visit is the best way to experience all that UWM and the city of Milwaukee have to offer! Our See Milwaukee guided tours are open to all who want to get acquainted with UWM and Milwaukee. While on a UWM campus tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Admissions Advisor, take a tour with a current student to see our beautiful campus and its surrounding community, and pair your tour with information sessions about your potential area(s) of academic interest. For more information on all of our visit programs, head to visit.uwm.edu.
2. Consider financial options and complete FAFSA
College is an investment – well worth it, but many students need help with the costs. To apply for financial aid, including grants (gift money you don’t have to pay back) and loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA. File this online at www.fafsa.gov. Our school code is 003896.

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA is available three months earlier—October 1, 2016. You will use your 2015 tax information—which you most likely completed months ago. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your tax information makes completing the FAFSA easier than ever. Apply as soon as possible to be given maximum consideration for funds that may be limited. The Financial Aid Office will use the results of your FAFSA to determine what kind of aid you’re eligible to receive, and notify you via email once we put together an award package for you. Having this information earlier should help you make important decisions about how to pay for college, building a budget, and determining housing options.

We also have lots of great information on the Financial Aid website! Learn about the different types of financial aid, how to apply, and read important announcements. Make sure to check out our cool budgeting tool, the UWM Total Cost Estimator. Still have questions? Please contact the Financial Aid Office for help.

3. Research Scholarship Options
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your education since they’re money you don’t need to pay back. They’re competitive but well worth the effort. Research potential scholarship opportunities at scholarships.uwm.edu.
4. Consider joining a Living Learning Community
You already know that living on campus has academic and social benefits, but imagine living with people who share the same interests! Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are a “community within a community,” grouping students together in the residence hall based on a common interest (and usually a class) – like the Arts, community service, or Health Professions. LLC students share an immediate connection with one another, creating a supportive community that, statistically speaking, results in higher GPAs and higher graduation rates than their peers.

Check out all the LLC Choices.

To sign up for an LLC, simply indicate which LLC you’re interested in when completing your contract. Note that all LLC choices must be made by December 1st.

Not living on campus? Don’t worry – we also offer a variety of Learning Communities geared to enhance your success you first year here. With a variety of styles and subject matter, you can connect with peers and better prepare yourself for the rigors of college.

BONUS POINTS:

1. Connect with UWM and fellow students on social media
Connect with other future Panthers by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, don’t forget to follow our Tour Guides, and connect with other future Panthers in your class on the Class of 2021 Facebook group.
2. Think about getting an on-campus job
UWM is committed to professional development of our student workers, so an on-campus job is more than just money in your pocket, it’s a chance to learn and grow as a young professional. Plus, many offer flexible hours and are easy to get to in between classes. While you can’t start working until you’re officially a student, check out what kinds of jobs are out there and prepare yourself at Panther Jobs.
3. Find a Student Organization (or two, or three, or…)
UWM has over 300 Student Organizations on campus! You’re bound to find one (or several) that interest you. Whether you’ve been participating in an activity for years and want to keep it up or you’re looking to venture out and try something new, our student orgs are a great way to get involved!