Family Guide

Tips For Family Members

Has your student talked with their Peer Mentor and/or Resident Assistant?
These student leaders can refer your students to all the resources UWM has to offer.

How is your student connecting to UWM?
Have they made friends, joined a study group or student organization? What about campus employment, intramural sports, undergraduate research or studying abroad?

Has your student signed up for tutoring?
Many students wait too long to access tutoring or supplemental instruction, making it difficult to catch up. Tutoring is not just for students who may be struggling in a course; it provides valuable supplemental instruction for students at all skill levels. The Writing Center can also benefit writers of all levels by providing feedback on their work.

Is your student making healthy decisions?
Are they exercising and eating healthy? What about getting enough sleep? Have their social behaviors changed? Many resources highlighted within this guide exist on campus to help your students make healthy choices.

Has your student met with their academic advisor?
Advisors play a major role in student success. They can inform students about academic program requirements and insure they take the necessary courses to graduate in a timely fashion. Additionally, advisors can inform students of all add/drop deadlines and any fees associated with courses.

Has your student gotten to know their professors?
Are they attending and participating in classes regularly? Have they been to visit their professors during office hours?

How will your student pay for college?
Have they completed their FAFSA? What about scholarship applications? Have they found on-campus employment?

Academics and Advising

College of Engineering & Applied Science
EMS E386 • (414) 229-4667 •

College of Health Sciences
NWQ B Room 6451 • (414) 229-2758 • 

College of Letters & Science
Holton 142 • (414) 229-4654 •

College of Nursing
Cunningham 135 • (414) 229-5047 •

Global Studies and International Studies
Pearse 173 • (414) 229-6926 •

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Enderis 1110 • (414) 229-4852 •

Honors College
Honors House 154 • (414) 229-4658 •

Peck School of the Arts
Theatre 120 • (414) 229-4763 •

School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Architecture and Urban Planning 225 • (414) 229-4015 •

School of Education
Enderis 209 • (414) 229-4721 •

School of Information Studies
NWQ B Room 3550 • (414) 229-4707 •

Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
Lubar N297 • (414) 229-5271 •

Academic Resources

New and used textbooks are available at the UWM Virtual Bookstore.
Union 1st Floor • 1-877-284-6744 •

Center for International Education
The Center for International Education (CIE) offers a wealth of internationally-focused programs and activities for students, faculty, staff and the public. CIE connects domestic and international students and scholars with on-campus and overseas research and study opportunities while expanding public access to UWM’s international resources.

Study Abroad
CIE’s Study Abroad Office offers numerous opportunities to study throughout the world.

With options for short- or long-term programs, faculty-led or direct-enroll, the Study Abroad Office has program options for all students. Immersive experiences can be a wonderful way to master a foreign language, but there are also programs with instruction in English – even in countries where English is not the primary language. UWM programs are designed to be affordable, and financial aid can be applied to the cost of a program. Studying abroad is an excellent way for students to expand their horizons and gain the skills currently in demand by employers.

The office is packed with brochures, program materials and other information about overseas programs, as well as information about working abroad, international careers, teaching abroad and international travel.

International Activities
CIE organizes and supports numerous international activities and events each year, among them the Culture Café, the Kennan Forum and Great Decisions speaker series, International Focus, a weekly TV program, a two-day Model UN conference, international education week, summer learning institutes for K-12 educators, and numerous internationally-focused student organizations.
Garland 138 • (414) 229-3757

Golda Meir Library
The UWM Golda Meir Library is at the heart of the campus and offers a safe, comfortable and technologically-rich environment that is essential for our students’ success. In addition to providing academic resources like books, online articles, and digital collections of unique photos and maps, it has CDs, DVDs, laptops and other digital equipment for student use. The library focuses on student-centered learning and providing assistance to students in-person or online.
(414) 229-4785

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)
OUR is an excellent resource for students who want to take an active role in their education through hands-on learning in a research environment. OUR particularly encourages first- and second-year undergraduates to get involved in research activity through UROP (the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project) which pairs each student with a faculty researcher in a field of his or her interest.
Bolton 192 • (414) 229-2641 •

Accessibility Resource Center
The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) mission is “Promoting Access, Inclusion, and Community” to foster a campus climate for students with disabilities and medical conditions to ensure students are regarded on the basis of ability, not disability. ARC serves UWM students with a wide variety of disabilities and medical conditions, including but not limited to: physical; learning; sensory deficits; chronic health conditions; and psychological disorders which affect a major life activity. ARC provides academic accommodations; disability counseling; referral services; library and laboratory assistance; alternative media; and an assistive technology computer lab. To receive services through ARC, students need to register with ARC, self-disclose their disability or medical condition, provide current documentation from a qualified professional health care provider, and meet with an ARC Counselor to determine accessibility needs.
Mitchell 112 • (414) 229-6287 •

Student Success Center
The Student Success Center connects UW-Milwaukee students to peers, faculty, staff, and resources throughout our campus community to support the personal and academic success of each student. We provide students a variety of academic and support services to empower them to achieve and succeed. The SSC fulfills this mission by providing peer mentoring, supplemental instruction and tutoring, success coaching, academic skill development, and bridge programs. Call, email, or stop by any of our locations for more information.
Bolton Hall 120 • (414) 229-5385 •
NWQ 1932 – Library East Wing

Writing Center
The Writing Center welcomes all UWM writers to meet one-on-one and confidentially with a highly qualified tutor. Whether writers are brainstorming, selecting topics, organizing ideas, developing theses, polishing style or editing drafts, tutors can offer feedback at any stage and for any type of project. All majors, subjects, and skill levels are welcome. Appointments or walk-ins accepted, in-person or online.
Curtin 127 • (414) 229-4339 •

FERPA/Student Records

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
When your students were in elementary and high school, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your students specific rights to access and control their educational records. Now that your students are in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your students.

According to FERPA, college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. While family members understandably have a vested interest in students’ academic progress, they are not automatically granted access to their students’ records without written consent.
In our experience, open and honest communication about academic standing and grades is the best way to help students succeed. Begin discussions with your students now about your expectations and how you would like to see their progress reported to you.

Student FERPA Consent

There are two options for students who want to provide third parties (parents, organizations, employers, etc.) with access to their FERPA-protected records.

  1. Designate Access in PAWS.  Designate access allows a student to issue unique PAWS login credentials to a third party that can be used to view To Do Lists, Grades, and Financial Information, including making bill payments.  Students control the login credentials directly in PAWS.
  2. Student Consent Release.  Student consent release is designed to allow students to authorize a third party to receive academic, financial, financial aid, housing, or disciplinary records. Students are able to initiate, manage, and expire their consents directly through PAWS, although a universal paper form also exists, primarily for former students who no longer can access PAWS.Additional information on third party access to student records can be found on the One Stop website.  New students will begin receiving information about the FERPA consent functionality in PAWS at upcoming orientations this summer.

How are grades reported?
At UWM, grades are reported electronically directly to students via their PAWS account. Typically, students will see grades and academic standing reported on PAWS within two weeks of final exams ending.

Registrar’s Office
Mellencamp 274
(414) 229-3800

Panther ID Card

Student ID
Students will need their Panther Card ID to enter the residence halls, use their meal plan, utilize the Klotsche Center, check out books at the library, and to attend free UWM sporting events.

Panther Card Resident Meal Plan Account
Available to any student but required for those living in Cambridge Commons and Sandburg Halls. Money is added to this account through University Housing and is best for those students who will eat most of their meals in the residence halls. This card is used for meal plan purchases and participating on and off-campus restaurants and includes an administrative fee.

Panther Card Website

Meal Rate Plans

(414) 229-2231 • Add Money Online 

The Panther Gold Account
Used to purchase items from the UWM Panther Shop, do laundry in the residence halls, or to purchase meals at any of the dining service locations. This is the best “Meal Plan” option for those who will eat most of their meals in campus locations outside the residence halls. Money can be added to this account by using our GET Mobile App (on your phone) or the Panther Card office in Union 143. Family members can add money over the phone or on the website 24/7:
(414) 229-2231 • Add Money Online

Union W198 • (414) 229-2231 • Panther Card Office •

Financial Matters

Bursar Office

Questions about where, when, and how to make payments for your students’ education may be answered by using any of the following contact information:
Mitchell 285 • (414) 229-4914 •

Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Military Education Benefits

Our mission is to provide assistance to students and their families in meeting the financial costs of attaining a degree in higher education. This supports the University’s goals of encouraging economic, social, cultural and academic diversity in the student body, by providing educational opportunity to all students.

The Financial Aid Office has joined the Registrar and Bursar Offices on the web as One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services to bring you one place to find answers to many of your enrollment and finance questions!  In addition, many questions can be answered 24/7 by utilizing “Ask A Panther”.  If you need to schedule an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor in person, please click here to schedule an appointment.

Applying for Financial Aid

Each year students need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents will need a FSA ID in order to complete the FAFSA on-line, which can be obtained here.  The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1st.  Apply early as some programs have limited funds.  We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer you federal tax information quickly and accurately.  If you are unable to utilize the IRS DRT, be sure to use the appropriate year’s federal tax information.  For the 18-19 FAFSA, you will provide 2016 federal tax information.

Be sure to check your PAWS account often as well as your UWM email account.  This is how the Financial Aid Office will communicate with you.

Submit any requested additional documentation timely and be sure all documents are complete and submitted together.  If documents are not complete, it may delay processing or documents may be returned to you.

Looking for a resource to estimate your costs for an academic year, utilize the UWM Total Cost Estimator tool.


There are several scholarship opportunities at UWM, ranging from University-Wide scholarships to School/College specific scholarships. Some may require an application. To keep on top of all the scholarship opportunities, be sure to visit our website frequently and like our Facebook page.

Additional Financial Resources

Financial aid is provided to help bridge the gap between family resources and the amount needed to pay for the cost of attending college. In the case where the aid offered still leaves a gap and additional help is needed, you may want to consider the programs listed below.

Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan  – Available to parents of dependent undergraduate students to help them pay for their child’s college education up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan – Available to students pursuing a graduate or professional degree to assist with educational expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance.

Alternative Loans – Loans that are not subsidized by the government and are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Financial Literacy Information

GradReady is a financial literacy tool that can help individuals learn more about money management and budgeting.

Mellencamp 162 • (414) 229-4541 •

New Student Programs

New Student Programs

New Student Programs is committed to ensuring that all students have a successful transition to UWM. NSP coordinates New Student Orientation, Family Orientation, and Transfer and Adult Student Orientation. Additionally, the office supports the planning and implementation of Fall Welcome events like the Panther Academic Welcome, Common Read Experience, and University Welcome. Please reach out or visit our website for more information.

Mellencamp Hall 118 • (414) 229-5842 •

On And Off Campus Housing

University Housing (On Campus)
First-year students are primarily assigned Cambridge Commons, Riverview Residence Hall, and Sandburg traditional Towers (North, South, and West Towers). University Housing areas that often serve sophomore and above students, such as Sandburg East Towers, Cambridge Commons Upgrades, Purin Hall, and Kenilworth Square Apartments also feature full kitchens in addition to semi-private bathrooms. To better meet the needs of upperclassmen, Kenilworth Square Apartments are limited to students who are 22 years or older.

Residence Life is the group of University Housing professionals and student staff members assigned to help your students succeed both personally and academically at UWM. A Resident Assistant is an upperclassman who serves as a guide, peer mentor, and event planner for a set of residents in a particular “house” or “wing” in University Housing. Our full-time professional Residence Life Coordinators help guide the overall community and student development of our residents. In addition to supervising the Resident Assistants, these professionals meet with students who might need additional guidance on academics, getting involved, resolving more difficult roommate conflicts, or correcting behavioral concerns.

University Housing is committed to the safety and security of residents. University Housing residential facilities include 24/7 student security staff, as well as 24-hour shuttle service. Each residence hall has a Service Desk that serves as an information resource for residents and visitors, provides mail service to residential students, and offers products for sale or rental. Students and guests are also held accountable for behavioral expectations while living in or visiting University Housing facilities.

University Housing Office
Tours, resident room assignments, and questions about housing bills and meal plans.
(414) 229-4065 •

Residence Life Offices
Resident behavior concerns, student involvement, and roommate conflicts.
Cambridge Commons, RiverView, and Kenilworth Square Apartments 
(414) 935-6911 
For Residents of: Purin and Sandburg
(414) 229-5712

Residential Facilities Office
Work order questions, facility amenity questions – Electronic Room/Suite/Apartment Work Orders
(414) 229-6591

Neighborhood Housing (Off Campus)
The Neighborhood Housing Office (NHO) provides direct outreach and advising to help students find quality off-campus housing and roommates. The website is full of useful renting information including a UWM student-exclusive listing service which contains a list of rental properties and landlords, landlord ratings by students-for students, as well as rooms for rent and student roommate requests. The NHO offers multiple programs each year, primarily throughout the spring semester to assist students in finding quality off-campus housing, including the Housing Fair and the Preferred Tenant Program for UWM students to earn reduced rent or security deposits through participating landlords. The NHO’s presence extends into the neighborhood with peer-to-peer follow-ups, the Panther Neighborhood Watch Pledge and Neighborhood Clean-Ups throughout the year, and closes out each spring semester with the Move-Out Festival for students to properly dispose of or re-home large furniture and items they may no longer need in their off campus home.
Union WG85 • (414) 229-6999 •

Transportation and Parking

Transportation Services
Union WG25 • (414) 229-4000;

It’s a semester-long bus MCard that can be used on any MCTS bus route. The cost is part of student segregated fees, so there is no additional charge when it is used. A valid student ID is required each time the card is used. The UPASS can be used to travel for any purpose and to any route destination. It’s good at any time on any day, including weekends, holidays and even during breaks and recess periods. The UPASS is good on all MCTS routes.

This is a satellite parking lot at Capitol/Humboldt and a shuttle bus system developed to address the parking needs of commuting students. The cost is part of student segregated fees, so there is no additional charge when it is used by students. On-campus parking is extremely limited, and parking on the streets surrounding UWM is also difficult. This location provides free parking and a free bus ride to campus– you just need to register your vehicles online and have a campus ID.

Monthly Parking

Commuter student parking is available for $75/month at the Northwest Quad & the Pavilion garages. $100/month at the EMS garage. Residential parking is available at $90/month.

Sandburg Parking
Students living in the Sandburg Residence Halls may purchase semester-long reserved parking in the Sandburg garage for $550.

Kenilworth Apartments, Purin Hall, RiverView and Cambridge Commons Parking
There are a limited number of reserved parking spaces available for residents in Cambridge Commons, RiverView, and Purin for $550/semester. Parking at Kenilworth is $100/month.

Pay Stations
There are over 10 garages and lots on campus with rates varying from $1.00 to $2.00 per hour. The pay stations will accept bills, coins, Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

Pay By Phone
With Mobile Pay, customers can use their mobile phones to pay for parking, extend their parking session remotely, receive notifications before their parking sessions expire, as well as view and print their receipts online. Parking customers with any type of mobile phone will have the ability to seamlessly start a parking session, whether it’s by app, mobile website, phone call, or text.

Shuttle Service
Operating 20-hours a day, the shuttle service gives residents a safe, convenient mode of transportation between the UWM campus and all residence halls. For shuttle schedules and information about GPS tracking and text message alerts, visit the website below.
(414) 229-4000

Be On the Safe Side (B.O.S.S.)
B.O.S.S. is a late-night, safe-ride service available to UWM students, operating every day between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am during the traditional academic calendar. Students may get a ride within the area of our boundaries, which are Capitol Dr. to the north, MLK/3rd St. to the west, Brady St. to the south, and Lake Michigan to the east. BOSS is completely funded through segregated fees, there are no additional charges to use the service.
Union GE09 • (414) 229-6503

Getting Home
Ride share boards are available online

Go Riteway
Transportation to General Mitchell Airport (800) 236-5450

Milwaukee depot (414) 271-9034

Badger Bus (Madison)
Milwaukee depot (414) 276-7490

Coach USA (Chicago, Midway/O’Hare Airport, Minneapolis & WI cities)
(800) 747-7407

General Mitchell International Airport
(414) 747-5300

Greyhound Bus
(800) 231-2222

Lake Express (Michigan)
(866) 914-1010

Mega Bus (Chicago & Minneapolis)
(877) 462-6342

Healthy Decisions

Want to help your student thrive at UWM? Talk with them about alcohol and other drug use, both before they arrive on campus and throughout their time in school. While many UWM students choose to drink moderately or not at all, and most do not use other substances, substance use has the potential to cause a variety of interpersonal, academic, legal, and health concerns that may derail a student’s successful college experience.

Create shared expectations
Parents and other family members have a powerful influence on the substance-related behaviors of their college students. Work with your student to create shared expectations for their college experience. Encourage your student to explore the relationship between their goals and values and substance use.

Discuss a plan
Ask your student  how they intend to navigate situations related to the use of alcohol and other drugs within the college environment. Emphasize that having a plan is essential. Check in with them often to discuss what they have experienced academically, legally, and socially as a result of their decisions, and help them to develop new strategies, as needed.

Promote making connections
Encourage your student to seek opportunities to connect with other UWM students in substance-free environments, through involvement in student groups, recreational activities and on-campus events, and by exploring all that Milwaukee has to offer.

Reinforce positive coping techniques
Some students turn to substance use as a means of coping with stress and difficult emotions or as a ‘quick fix’ to deal with academic demands or other pressures . Remind your students that alcohol and other drug useis not an effective way of coping and that continued misuse of any substance is dangerous and unhealthy. Help them connect with appropriate academic or counseling resources to develop healthier, safer and more sustainable coping strategies for long-term success.

Reinforce safe medication practices
A common misperception about prescription drug misuse is that, because they are prescribed by a doctor, misuse is safe and legal. In fact, sharing or taking medication without a prescription is illegal and some prescription medications (opioid pain medications, stimulants and sedatives) are just as dangerous as illegal drugs because continued misuse can lead to health problems, physical dependency and addiction. Discuss with your student the importance of using prescription medications only as prescribed by one’s doctor, how to securely store medications, and how to properly dispose of unneeded medications. A prescription drug drop box is conveniently located at the UWM Police Department.*

Express your observations and concerns 
If your student’s use of alcohol or other drugs is detrimentally impacting their health, academic performance, relationships, or general transition to college – or if you are otherwise worried about their substance use, do not ignore it. Discuss your concerns in a caring, non-judgmental manner and offer to help them connect with available resources.

Resources for Students and Families
e-Check Up to Go: Alcohol is a 25-minute, self-guided, online, anonymous and evidence-based prevention program. Based upon their survey answers, students receive feedback in an easy-to-read format on how their drinking compares to that of others; personal and family risk factors; and the impact on academics, relationships, health and budget. Tips for lowering risk are offered.

Make Good Decisions
Conceptualized by UWM students for UWM students, the Make Good Decisions website provides students with information and tips that they can use to foster a community where students look out for one another and act responsibly to prevent alcohol and other drug-related problems for themselves and their peers.

Alcohol-Wise For Parents
Required of incoming students at UWM, Alcohol-Wise is an online education course designed to promote and enable healthy and informed decision-making around alcohol use. Family members are encouraged to participate in the parent version of the course, using the information to initiate and/or continue the conversation with their students throughout their college career.

*Prescription Drug Drop Box
Students may safely dispose of their unneeded prescription medications at the prescription drug drop box located at the UWM Police Department at 3410 N. Maryland Ave (

Brief Alcohol and other drug Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS) provides students an evidence-based opportunity to explore their drinking or other drug use in a confidential, non-judgmental and positive environment. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Become more aware of the patterns and context of their use
  • Reflect on personal outcomes of use and the relationship with academic performance, health, relationships, goals and values
  • Discuss personalized feedback on individual and family risk factors
  • Explore options for reducing harm
  • Learn about addition on- and off-campus resources

For more information: visit or contact 414-229-3712 or

University Counseling
University Counseling provides evaluation and short-term counseling for students with mental health and/or alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) concerns. When indicated, assistance with referrals to an appropriate community/off-campus mental health or AODA provider is offered. For more information: visit or contact 414-229-4716.

Woman’s Resource Center (WRC)
The WRC is the “go to” place at UWM for concerns related to gender based violence. The WRC offers self-empowerment and self-defense programs, as well as the VIP – Violence Intervention & Prevention Series (a series of educational workshops offered every semester on topics such as bystander intervention, sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking and more). Friends, family, faculty, staff and students turn to the WRC for guidance around how to respond to and best support victims of gender based violence. A student can go to the WRC for confidential personal support, counseling and advocacy services. WRC staff can help students access resources on and off campus, get a restraining order, and navigate court or university judicial systems.
Union WG93 • (414) 229-2852 •

Student Health Insurance
Having health insurance is highly recommended for all students and should include comprehensive coverage for accidents and injuries, preventive care, hospitalizations, surgery, specialty care, prescriptions, and radiology services. There are now more options for individuals including the Health Insurance Marketplace and a plan coordinated by UW-System that is available for purchase for UWM students.

More information about the UW-System plan 
More information about the Health Insurance Marketplace

UWM Police
UWM has a full time police department of over 35 sworn officers working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing police service, safety and security to the campus community. UWM Police patrol the campus area on foot, bicycle and car. Located on the ground floor of the West Tower in the Sandburg Residence Halls, the department is easily accessible to campus. The police department offers other services such as self-defense training, safety escorts, campus lost and found, vehicle lockout and jumpstarts and various community policing programs.

3410 N Maryland Ave. • Milwaukee, WI 53211
Non-Emergency (414) 229-4627 • Emergency: (414) 229-9911
Emergency from a campus phone: 9-911 •

Neighborhood Relations
UWM is located in an area of Milwaukee known as the East Side. The East Side has a variety of unique neighborhoods, with many active and engaged long-term residents and students. Neighborhood Relations works as a communication link between those living in the neighborhoods, the city of Milwaukee, and the university.
(414) 229-4451 •

RAVE Guardian
RAVE Mobile Technology is the emergency communications platform that UWM uses to send emergency alerts by email, text, social media and website connection. RAVE Guardian is a safety app, through RAVE Mobile Technology, that students, staff and faculty can use to enhance their safety while at UWM. The RAVE Guardian app, which can be downloaded for free from Apple or Android stores allows users to interact with the police department through texting, confidential tips, location sharing, a call directory and a safety/resource content portal.

For more information, visit –

SAFE Alert
UWM uses an Opt-out system, where your student is automatically enrolled and must take steps to remove themselves from the system. During this transition, students can sign up by texting “safealert” to 79516. All students are encouraged to enroll in the SAFE Alert notification program. SAFE Alert will notify students via text, phone or email message in the event of a campus emergency. Emergencies are considered credible, serious or life-threatening incidents that present imminent danger. SAFE Alert is available to members of the UWM campus community with email accounts.

S.A.F.E. Patrols
While the UWM Campus Community is considered very safe, the University offers safety escorts for those who may feel uncomfortable coming from or going to campus, especially at night. The Safety Awareness for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) program incorporates trained students, in uniform and equipped with police radios, to provide security presence on campus and in near campus neighborhoods between 7 pm and 3 am. They also provide walking patrols and are extra eyes and ears for University Police. S.A.F.E. escorts can be requested through the police department non-emergency number at (414) 229-4627.

S.A.F.E. Phones
Emergency phones or “blue light phones” are networked across campus facilities, parking garages and public spaces. They are used to report safety concerns or emergencies directly to the University Police. The phones are ADA compliant and include Braille instructions. S.A.F.E. phones are identifiable yellow boxes topped by blue lights. To use the Emergency S.A.F.E. phone, open the door to the box, press the red button and the police dispatcher will answer the call. The dispatcher will automatically know the location of the caller.

UWM Mobile App: Safety
UWM has a downloadable application for smart phones that provides links to various campus resources and services. University Police can be found under the “Safety” icon and is a quick and convenient way to contact UWM Police.

Career Planning

Parents, family, role models, and friends play a significant role in contributing to students’ motivation and effectiveness in achieving their career goals and in their success during and after college.

  • Ask to share in their research of careers, identifying what they most want in a career, and determining their career goals
  • Help explore perspectives that you and your college students may have about career and college
  • Encourage behaviors that are helpful such as meeting regularly with an advisor regarding classes, speaking with a career counselor once a semester regarding career building activities, and learning how to navigate the college experience
  • Most importantly, listen and provide a safe and supportive environment for your college students to share their fears, concerns, and excitement

As family members, you are encouraged to check with your students and ask them questions such as:

  • What are your interests: what do you really like to do?
  • What are your skills and abilities: what do you do well?
  • What are your values: what do you really care about?
  • What specific resources are you using at UWM to learn about career possibilities?

Career Planning & Resource Center

The Career Planning & Resource Center (CPaRC) helps students from freshman year through graduation make informed choices on majors and careers, build marketable experiences into their education and prepare for the world of work. CPaRC resources include:

Career Counseling:

Career Counselors work one-on-one with students on an appointment or walk-in basis on a variety of career development tasks and challenges.

Workshops and Presentations:

Topics include resume writing, utilizing social media, choosing a major, conducting career research, networking and interviewing.

Handshake Job Portal:

UWM’s primary web-based resource that connects students and alumni with on-campus and off-campus part-time jobs, internships, and full-time positions.

Mellencamp 128 • (414) 229-4486 •

Checklist for students:

  1. Meet with a career counselor during walk-in
  2. Get familiar with UWM majors, departments, schools and colleges
  3. Use CPaRC’s career library and website to research careers
  4. Attend career fairs and other events to learn about careers and employers
  5. Use UWM PantherJobs, to identify on/off-campus, part-time and work-study jobs
  6. Meet with your academic advisor and first year mentor
  7. Get involved in student organizations related to your major/career interests
  8. Enroll in classes that help you explore potential majors and careers as well as build career skills (Introduction to the Profession courses or EdPsych 110)


Panther Athletics is home to 15 NCAA Division 1 sports that have enjoyed a high level of success both regionally and nationally including 140 Conference Championship and 60 NCAA tournament appearances. The Panthers have won the Horizon League’s All-Sports Award – the McCafferty Trophy – seven times.

Panther student-athletes also excel in the classroom, as the department’s cumulative grade point average has been above 3.0 for 37-straight semesters. In addition, that Panther Baseball team is the only Division I NCAA program in the state of Wisconsin and has produced 21 Major League Baseball draft picks.

For more information and the latest news about Panther Athletics, please visit

Athletics Venues

UWM Panther Arena – built in 1950, this iconic Milwaukee downtown arena is the home to Panther men’s basketball.

Klotsche Center – this 3,500-seat multi-purpose facility is the home to Panther women’s basketball, volleyball, and indoor track & field teams.

Engelmann Stadium – the home of Panther soccer, Engelmann Stadium, which is located on UWM’s main campus, is one of the top soccer venues in the region.

Routine Field – the newest ballpark in the metro-Milwaukee area, will be the new home of Panther Baseball starting with the 2020 season.

Klotsche Natatorium – this eight-lane swimming facility has been the home of Panther Swimming since its inception in 1977.

Athletics Tickets

Panther Athletics offers season ticket membership, partial plans, group experiences, and single game tickets for Panther basketball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball games for the 2019-20 seasons.

Students at the main campus of UWM receive free admission to all home athletic events with a valid UWM student ID.

For more information or for tickets to any Panther Athletics event, call the ticket office at (414) 229-5886 or visit


University Recreation (UREC)
The Department of University Recreation (UREC) offers students a variety of recreation opportunities and services in the areas of fitness, wellness, intramural sports, open recreation, sport clubs, outdoor recreation and aquatics.
Information Center: (414) 229-3914
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Fitness, Wellness and Instructional Classes
UREC offers a variety of fitness and wellness opportunities including Personal Training, Women on Weights, and group exercise classes such as Zumba, Boot Camp and Yoga. See the Group Exercise Schedule here: UREC Group X schedule. We also offer many instructional classes including CPR/AED, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Training and SCUBA. Come join a class, meet new friends and keep healthy!

Intramural Sports
The UREC Intramural Sports Program offers multi-week leagues and single day tournaments for UWM students to compete against each other, all at no additional cost.  Many different sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, flag football, futsal, racquetball, bowling, billiards, and more are available. Please refer to the Intramural tab on the UREC website for current sports and events, registration deadlines, dates and times.

Sport Clubs
The UREC Sport Clubs Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to participate in competitive sports against clubs of other universities as a means to enhance their educational experience through physical, social, and leadership development. Sport Clubs are created, developed, governed, and administered by the student members of each individual club with the assistance and support of the Sport Clubs Program staff. Please refer to the Sport Clubs tab on the UREC website for current clubs, club contacts, practice details, and additional information.

Outdoor Pursuits
UREC Outdoor Pursuits is dedicated to providing outdoor programs that are fun, challenging, educational, and environmentally thoughtful.  Students are encouraged to join us for a trip or activity.  Students can also rent outdoor equipment or gain assistance planning their own adventures.  Our bike shop is another resource available to help students repair and maintain their bicycles in order to keep their wheels spinning smoothly.

Klotsche Center and Pavilion
The Klotsche Center and Pavilion together make up a multi-purpose recreation, athletic and instructional complex. Within the complex are numerous activity areas and services to meet the recreation and fitness needs of UWM’s students.


  • 6-court arena with 200 meter running track
  • 4-court gymnasium with 1/8 mile elevated jogging track
  • Fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and weight training machines
  • 8-lane, 25 yard swimming pool
  • 6 racquetball/handball courts
  • 2 group fitness studios/activity rooms
  • Functional Fitness Studio
  • Personal training studio
  • Locker rooms with locker rentals available
  • Student commons area to meet friends or study

Engelmann Gymnasium
Engelmann Gym, located on the west end of Engelmann Hall, has a turf surface ideal for indoor soccer and other activities.  Open recreation times are available as well as scheduled intramural sport and sport club opportunities.

Student Employment
University Recreation is one of the largest employers of students on campus, offering a wide variety of jobs, such as: Group X instructors, lifeguards, intramural officials, operations staff and outdoor trip leaders.  The positions offer flexible scheduling as well as the possibility for advancement within the department. Go online to apply.

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