FAQs about Academic Advising

What is an Academic Advisor?

Your academic advisor is a professional staff member whose purpose is to help you get the most out of your college experience. Working closely with your advisor can help you set and achieve goals, connect with campus resources, and make responsible decisions consistent with your interests, goals, abilities, and degree requirements.

Who is my Academic Advisor?

OCA advisors work with students who are undecided, exploring multiple programs within our Metamajors, working with Academic Opportunity Center staff, gaining support from Student Support Services, and/or taking coursework to move into one of our selective majors such as Engineering or Nursing here at UWM.

You can find who is currently assigned as your advisor on PAWS.

  • Log into your PAWS account
  • Click on the “Home” page
  • Your advisor’s name is listed on the lower right-hand side of the screen

How should I prepare for meetings with my Academic Advisor?

Prepare a list of specific questions, and bring the following items to your appointments:

  • Your planner or calendar
  • Course Planning Worksheet completed (for Metamajors advising appointment)
  • Questions, plans, and ideas!

When should I see my Academic Advisor?

OCA advisors are here to help you throughout the year. We are here to answer questions, connect you with other offices, and assist you in finding your academic path. You can reach out to your academic advisor via email, over the phone or Skype, or set up an in-person appointment through Navigate at: uwmilwaukee.campus.eab.com. Feel free to walk-in or request additional appointments with your advisor at any time.