New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to the School of Information Studies (SOIS)!  We invite you to attend the SOIS Orientation & Welcome Program.  Please join us and meet faculty, staff and advisors. Get a personalized campus tour. Learn the ins and outs of being a UWM Graduate Student and explore your degree options!

Spring 2019 Orientation

Online Info Sessions 
Dates & Times: TBD



Spring 2020 Orientation

Date: Late January (TBD)
9:00 am – 2:45 pm
UWM Campus
Room: TBD

RSVP Coming Soon!

Fall 2019 Orientation

Saturday, August 24th, 2019
9:00 am – 2:45 pm
UWM Campus
Room: NWQ Room 1871

Register by Aug. 08, 2019

Fall 2020 Orientation

Date: Late August (TBD)
9:00 am – 2:45 pm
UWM Campus
Room: TBD

RSVP Coming Soon!

Onsite Orientation Details

Tentative Agenda:

9:00am – Check In
9:30am – Welcome & Introductions
9:45am – Academic Success
11:00am – Career Services
11:15am – SOIS Mini Tour / Break
12:00pm – Lunch with SOIS Faculty & Staff
1:30pm – Tech Talk
2:00pm – Library Services
2:25pm – Student Panel
2:40pm – Optional: Tech Q&A

If you are unable to attend the Orientation, previously recorded sessions will be posted online (see video links below).

For more information on the agenda, please contact:
Assistant Dean Chad Zahrt (


Will be served. For those with food allergies or dietary restrictions, the food choices will accommodate vegetarian and gluten free; however please feel free to bring your own food to eat throughout the day.

Hotel Accommodation Options:

We recommend using UWM Kenilworth Square Apartments Guest Housing:

For other accommodations, please visit:

Parking Options:

NWQ Parking Structure
Please park in the NWQ Parking Structure that can be accessed off of E. Newport Ave. or E. Hartford Ave. You can then take the skywalk located on the 1st floor of the garage to get into the building. There will be free parking passes available at the check-in table to use upon exiting the structure.

Student ID (PantherCard):

What is a PantherCard?
Your Panther Card is your official UWM identification card and is an essential part of campus life. It is the key to accessing services throughout the University.

Onsite Students:
Students can purchase a card in the PantherCard Office (Union 198) for $20.

Distance Students:
PantherCards are available for 100% online students (students who never come to campus). If at some point you transition to classes on campus, update your card in the PantherCard Office so that you can access campus services.

To order a PantherCard, send an email to, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. You can submit ID photos online. The $20 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.

For more information on how to obtain your PantherCard please visit:

Orientation Videos

As a new or returning graduate student at the School of Information Studies, its time to look ahead to the new semester!

To help you prepare for your graduate studies and to give you a jump start on success, we encourage you to attend an in-person orientation session or view our ONLINE ORIENTATION VIDEOS. The information below will provide valuable information to you on policies, procedures and what to expect as a new graduate student.

Our advising staff is available in-person or via phone, email or online chat to answer any questions you might have. Contact an Academic Advisor Here>>

Graduate Orientation –  Fall 2018


0:00 – Academic Success
46:12 – Career Services
1:03:36 – Tech Talk
1:32:18 – Library Services
1:53:29 – Current Student Panel