Wherever you are in your college journey, we welcome all transfer students to finish their degree in the College of Letters & Science. UWM is the #1 transfer destination within the UW-System, and L&S is home to many types of transfer students—students with two-year degrees, adults with many or few credits from years ago, and students who are seeking a better fit than their current university.
The process begins with the transfer application. You should apply as a transfer student if you have any previous college credit regardless of how old those credits are. Application deadlines are August 1 for the fall semester (September start) and December 1 for the spring semester (January start).
If you are interested in one of the undergraduate programs in Letters & Science, we would be happy to answer your questions about the admissions process, your intended major, or your previous credits.
Request an Unofficial Transcript Review
You may request an unofficial transcript evaluation of your previous credits from other accredited U.S. colleges and universities. We are unable to unofficially evaluate transcripts from foreign institutions or unaccredited institutions. Please note that this review can take up to 10 business days. If you are making this request within 6 weeks of an upcoming deadline to apply for admission, it is strongly recommended that you skip this unofficial evaluation and proceed directly to the application and official evaluation so that you don’t miss the deadline to apply. The deadline to apply for Fall is August 1; the deadline to apply for Spring is December 1. Official evaluations are done as part of the application for admissions.
Please submit a transcript from each institution you have attended, even if all of your coursework is listed on your most recent transcript. We need to see the original transcript from each institution attended. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable.
Admissions and Financial Aid Information
In general, transfer students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for admissions. Exceptions are considered for students below a 2.0 when those grades are more than seven years old.
These three offices can assist with questions:
- UWM Admissions Office
You should contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the application process, receipt of official transcripts, and timeline for receiving a decision.
- UWM Financial Aid Office
Their web site contains cost calculators and other information about tuition, loans, grants, and other payment related questions. You can contact them using this form.
- College of Letters & Science recruitment office
Contact us with questions about academic requirements, your intended major, and research opportunities affiliated with your intended major. You can either email email@example.com or request a phone or videoconference appointment.
The College of Letters & Science does not offer any scholarships specifically for new incoming transfer students. Once enrolled at UWM, you are encouraged to create a profile in UWM’s scholarship portal to be considered for our scholarships for continuing students. Log into the scholarship portal, answer the questions posed, and upload a copy of your UWM transcript. An unofficial copy of your transcript is acceptable. All students with a 3.4 GPA or higher are encouraged to create a scholarship profile.
UWM’s admissions office occasionally does offer scholarships to incoming transfer students. There is no separate application process for this, and your admissions application materials will be used for consideration.
Advising Appointments and Orientation for Admitted Transfer Students (Summer or Fall 2021)
Transfer students admitted for Summer 2021 should follow the next steps information in your email from the Admissions Office. Orientation is optional for summer students but step #2 below can be followed to schedule an advising appointment.
Transfer students admitted for Fall 2021 need to attend on online orientation before they can register for classes; internal transfers from the Waukesha or Washington County campus of UWM do not need to attend orientation again. Students will also need to schedule an advising appointment with their assigned advisor to select classes.
- Sign up for an online Transfer Orientation. Registration is open now.
- Schedule your advising appointment at https://uwmilwaukee.campus.eab.com/. Towards the right-hand side, there is a blue button to schedule an appointment. In the drop down boxes, select:
- Type of appointment = advising
- Why you want an appointment = academic advising
- Options = New Transfer
You will see your advisor’s available days and times. If you do not have an assigned advisor showing up in PAWS (lower right hand side) and it has been more than two weeks since you were admitted, contact Gwyn Wallander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Us / Ask Us Questions
If you are considering becoming a Panther and part of our Letters & Science family, contact an L&S admissions counselor at email@example.com.If you are already an enrolled UWM student with an assigned advisor, contact that individual.
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Transfer Guides
Many of our students plan to start at MATC in order to transfer to UWM at a later date. Students are cautioned to use these as a guide only, rather than attempting to follow them verbatim without talking to an advisor. Every student has different circumstances, and personalized advice from an advisor can take into account your specific situation. Joel Buschman is a UWM transfer advisor with office hours at the MATC downtown campus. Contact him to schedule an appointment, or contact a Letters & Science recruitment specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the major you are interested in is not listed below, email email@example.com.
- Actuarial Science
- Conservation & Environmental Science_Natural Resources Track_BS
- Global Studies_Communication track
- Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies
- Political Science
- Pre-Med / Pre-Health (physician assistant, pharmacy, dental, etc.)
- Urban Studies
UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington Co. Transfer Guides
Many of our students plan to start at one of UWM’s two-year campuses – Waukesha or Washington Co. in order to transfer to the main Milwaukee campus at later date to work on a bachelor’s degree. Students are cautioned to use these as a guide only, rather than attempting to follow them verbatim without talking to an advisor. Every student has different circumstances, and personalized advice from an advisor can take into account your specific situation. Erica Harwell is a UWM transfer admissions advisor working with students planning this type of transfer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach a Letters & Science admissions counselor at email@example.com. If the major you are interested in is not listed below, email firstname.lastname@example.org.