New Freshman Information

Welcome to the Panther family! We’re excited that you’ll be attending UWM and becoming part of the Atmospheric Science major. On this page, you’ll find some helpful information for getting off on the right foot before you even set foot on campus!

Math and English Placement

All incoming freshmen must complete their course placement requirement before registering for New Student Orientation. Fortunately, UWM makes it easy to complete your placement requirement! If you submitted your ACT or SAT scores to UWM, you’ll receive placements for your first-semester Math and English courses! If you didn’t submit your ACT or SAT scores, or if you don’t think that the placements that they suggest are a good match for what you know, you can use our free online placement tools to determine your first-semester Math and English placements! You can use these at any time; there is no need to register for a test on a specific day at a specific time. More information is available from UWM’s Freshman Course Placement website.

New Student Orientation

After you’re completed your Math and English placement requirement and paid your New Freshman Fee, you’ll be able to register for New Student Orientation. During New Student Orientation, you’ll learn more about academic and social life on campus. Before departing, you’ll meet with our advisor, Kristina Schell, and register for your first semester’s course schedule! Your first semester’s course schedule will include our brand-new Introductory Atmospheric Science Seminar course, designed to introduce you to the major, your peers, and the faculty, as well as your first Math and English courses. If you have questions before New Student Orientation, please don’t hesitate to contact Kristina or the Program Chair with your questions!

Get Involved!

From the moment you move into the dorms in late August, you’re at home here at UWM! The best way to set yourself up for lasting success is to get involved, and we’ve got several ways in which you can do so once you’ve arrived on campus. We have two student-led clubs, the Atmospheric Science Club and brand-new The Climate Consensus, and each will hold their first meeting shortly after the semester begins. We also have a professional club that meets on campus, the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, which typically meets early in the semester as well. You’re welcome to attend any or all of these meetings! Our Innovative Weather program also typically holds a pre-internship over the course of several weeks from September to October that’s open to all interested students, including new freshmen. You can even become involved with faculty-led undergraduate research as early as your first semester on campus! Plus, there are many more clubs and organizations available across campus.


If you’d like more information or have questions about getting started, please contact the Program Chair. If you’re in the Milwaukee area, whether for New Student Orientation or otherwise, we’d be happy to arrange a visit to our campus and program.