Preparing for your student’s first college semester

Preparing for your student’s first college semester

One of the best things your student can do to ensure they graduate in four years (or less!) is to take at least 15 credits each semester and supplement those credits with summer classes. UWM’s summer programs can help kickstart your student’s college career. In this email you’ll find information on programs to support your student’s academic success.

UWM expands help for new students transitioning from virtual high school

Because many graduating high school students attended their senior year in a virtual learning environment, they may need additional help transitioning to college. UWM is expanding the number of students it can accommodate in its first-year bridge program and offering a second option for incoming freshmen who need to acclimate to college: a two-week summer program taken before the start of a student’s freshman year.

Panther Summer Prep

UWM’s 2021 Panther Summer Prep program is a free program designed to help your student be successful in their first year at UWM. Most of it is offered online, with one on-campus session at the end. Students who participate in this program will:
  • Earn a $250 scholarship after enrolling in fall classes
  • Prepare for college-level math; improve math placement before the fall semester
  • Prepare for college-level reading, writing and discussion
  • Receive individualized academic support and tutoring
  • Learn more about UWM and the city of Milwaukee
  • Visit campus for financial literacy training and an orientation to campus and services
Additional Details
  • Each session is two weeks in duration
  • Two session options:
    • July 12 – 23 | Register by July 5
    • July 26 – August 6 | Register by July 19
  • Plan on approximately 20 hours of work over two weeks, plus the campus visit
  • Blend of online workshops with teachers present and coursework that can be accessed at your student’s convenience

First-Year Bridge

First-Year Bridge is designed to provide your student with the support needed to have a successful start in college. Our program offers smaller classes with excellent instructors and individualized academic advising, all of which will help your student start working toward the college major of their choice and transition to full admission with the right resources at hand. Being a First-Year Bridge student means you have full access to hundreds of student organizations, dozens of campus resources and countless opportunities on the main campus while having the affordable tuition rate of the College of General Studies.

Educational Records Access

When your child was in elementary and high school, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your child rights to access and control your child’s educational records. Now that your child is in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your child(ren).

Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is offered in varying amounts to students with at least a 3.4 GPA (unweighted). As long as students remain in good academic standing, Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, resulting in $2,000–$6,000 total in award amount received. Qualifying students receive this scholarship automatically upon full-time enrollment and are notified of their award after they’re admitted. No scholarship application is required!