Advising

Advisor meets with student in officeEach campus offers a variety of advising services to assist students in meeting their academic, career or personal needs at no charge. Advisors will help connect you to all the necessary tools and resources you need to be a strong and confident student, prepared for success.

See Academic Resources or scroll down for additional information on transferring credits, a GPA calculator, student handbook and more.

 

What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is a very important part of your college experience. Advisors are available to support you with specialized advising so that you can begin your college career confident that you are heading in the right direction.

What can your Academic Advisor help you with?

Your academic advisor can help you:

  • Explore your academic and career goals.
  • Select classes that help you explore your interests, identify your eventual major or meet requirements for a major already chosen.
  • Build a class schedule that balances your homework and class load.
  • Help you pursue a major that you’ll love.
How do I make an Advising appointment?

Advising appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New or Prospective (future) Students:
UWM at Washington County advising: email wsh-adv@uwm.edu or call 262-335-5201. UWM at Waukesha advising: email wak-adv@uwm.edu or call 262-521-5040.

Continuing Students

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Meet Our Advisors

Washington County

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Waukesha

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TRiO

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  • Heidi Graham – Waukesha
  • Jenni Hanni Schmitz – Washington County
  • Schelzia Ross – Waukesha

Advising Resources

You must use UWM credentials to access many of the links below.

Forms
Resources
  1. CGS Emphases
  2. FERPA Information and Release Forms
  3. GPA Calculator
  4. Add/Drop/Withdraw from Course(s)
  5. OneStop for information related to financial aid or veteran’s benefits, graduation, making payments, and more
  6. Scholarships
    1. Washington County
    2. Waukesha
  7. Ordering Transcripts
    1. UW-Milwaukee at Washington County/Waukesha (Fall 2019-Present)
      1. Please select “Request Undergraduate Official Transcript”
  8. Former UW Colleges (prior to Fall 2019)
Transfer Resources
  1. Transfer Center – Visit the Transfer Center for information on transferring to UW-Milwaukee or other UW System schools. Check in with your academic advisor if you have questions.
  2. UW-Milwaukee Transfer Guides and Agreements – If you are interested in attending UW-Milwaukee, visit their website to see suggested College of General Studies courses that apply to your major.
University Policies
  1. Late adds must be approved by the professor of the course. Submit a signed Registration Change Form or forward an email from the professor to your campus’s Solution Center.
    1. Washington County: wsh-cgs@uwm.edu
    2. Waukesha: wak-cgs@uwm.edu
  2. Late drops that are outside of University published deadlines must go through the campus Academic Actions Committee. Contact your respective Solution Center or advisor for more information.
  3. Students can gain Re-Admission to the University after sitting out a drop of one or four semesters by submitting an application for admission for the term they wish to reenroll in and then meet with an academic advisor in the School/College they were dismissed from prior to admission.
  4. Special permission is required for branch campus students who need to take a class at the main/Kenwood campus. Students must be in contact with their advisor in the College of General Studies and there must be significant reasoning that the course needs to be taken while concurrently enrolled in CGS.  Very few exceptions will be made.  Courses taken at the main campus will carry the tuition rate for that course of the main campus.
  5. Independent Studies can be arranged with any instructor/faculty member. The student and instructor both sign and fill out an RCF form and return that to the Solution Center.
  6. Preferred Name Policy – Students may choose to use a preferred name in PAWS versus their legal name.  More information on preferred name can be found here: https://uwm.edu/onestop/your-student-record/your-information/

 

Retroactive Application for Graduation

Students who met the Associate Degree requirements but that did not apply for graduation may file for retroactive graduation. Students start this process by reaching out to advisors from their campus and requesting a confirmation of their degree progress:

The student may need to provide transcripts from other schools or universities to ensure that they meet degree requirements. Please check in with the advisor(s) on your next steps.

Former UW Colleges Students
  1. When emailing advisors, mention the last semester you believe you attended.
  2. If you have changed your name since last attending, include your former name in the email.
  3. Please be patient. Advisors must request your old records from the former UW Colleges before they can review your degree progress.
  4. Once an advisor has reviewed your degree progress, they will contact you. You may need to take a few additional credits to complete your degree.
    1. An advisor will offer you suggestions on courses required to complete your degree, and direct you towards the application process to become a UW-Milwaukee College of General Studies student.
    2. If you have attended another school since UW-Washington Co./UW-Waukesha, and you believe those credits may apply toward your associate degree, you will have to order official copies of your transcripts and send them to the UW-Milwaukee Admissions Office.
  5. Once advisors have confirmed that you meet degree requirements, complete the Retroactive Application for Graduation and submit it to the UW-Milwaukee Registrar’s Office via the Contact Form.
  6. Graduation costs $40. Please mail your payment to the UW-Milwaukee Registrar’s Office:

UWM Registrar’s Office
Mellencamp Hall, Room 274
PO Box 729
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0729

Former UW-Milwaukee College of General Studies Students
  1. When emailing advisors, mention the last semester you believe you attended.
  2. If you have changed your name since last attending, include your former name in the email.
  3. If you have attended another school since UW-Washington Co./UW-Waukesha, and you believe those credits may apply toward your associate degree, you will have to order official copies of your transcripts and send them to the UW-Milwaukee Admissions Office.
  4. Once an advisor has reviewed your degree progress, they will contact you. You may need to take a few additional credits to complete your degree. Please speak with an advisor at your current institution for recommended courses.
  5. Once College of General Studies advisors have confirmed that you meet degree requirements, complete the Retroactive Application for Graduation and submit it to the UW-Milwaukee Registrar’s Office via the Contact Form.
  6. Graduation costs $40. Please mail your payment to the UW-Milwaukee Registrar’s Office:

UWM Registrar’s Office
Mellencamp Hall, Room 274
PO Box 729
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0729

Current UW-Milwaukee Students
  1. Request advisors review your degree progress using one of the email addresses above.
  2. Please be patient. Advisors must work with other departments to see how your credits will transfer over from UW-Milwaukee to the College of General Studies.
  3. Once an advisor has reviewed your degree progress, they will contact you. You may need to take a few additional credits to complete your degree.
    1. An advisor will offer you suggestions on courses required to complete your degree, and direct you towards the application process to become a UW-Milwaukee College of General Studies student.
  4. Once advisors have confirmed that you meet degree requirements, you must apply for graduation via PAWS.
  5. Graduation costs $40. Please make your payments through PAWS.