Welcome to the Office of Central Advising 

The Office of Central Advising (OCA) offers academic support to first-year UWM students who are undecided about their major as well as students admitted to the university with a need for extra support to declare a major.

OCA will help undecided students in the following ways:

    • support you with specialized advising so that you begin your college career confident that you are heading in the right direction
    • Work with you to match your interests and skills to one of UWM’s six metamajors, which are academic pathways designed to help you explore while staying on track to a timely graduation
    • Help you pursue a major that you’ll love

OCA will help students admitted to UWM with a need for extra support in the following ways:

    • help you strengthen your academic abilities through targeted coursework
    • inform you about possible majors and prepare you for your intended major
    • connect you with advisors in your interest area
    • facilitate your transfer to your program area when you are ready

The Office of Central Advising will provide you with an Academic Advisor who will guide you, work closely with you, and advocate for you from the start of your UWM career.  Your OCA advisor will help connect you to all the necessary tools and resources you will need to be strong, confident, and prepared for success — including the tutoring and Supplemental Instruction services offered through the Student Success Center and multicultural enrichment offered through the Multicultural Student Centers.