New Student Orientation


Welcome to UWM and the College of Letters and Science!


During your advising and registration session at New Student Orientation, you will register for classes for your first semester at UWM. Advising at orientation is done in a group format. While you will not meet privately with your advisor, you will have an opportunity to talk with an advisor and receive help selecting your courses. Typically, one advisor is available for every five L&S students attending.

At this session, you will receive a detailed explanation of the L&S degree requirements needed for graduation, review options available for you to choose, and register for the classes you select through PAWS.

Make the most of the time you have to speak with an advisor, and come prepared. Prior to attending orientation, review and follow the steps in the advising guide and fill out and bring with you the Advising Worksheet (PDF).

We also encourage you to explore the College of Letters and Science website to explore majors and programs and to learn more about the degree requirements.

Register for your Orientation Session
Register and learn more about your orientation at

Transfer Students

There are new student orientations for transfer students as well. You are encouraged to attend if you are unfamiliar with the services and options available at UWM. Register and learn more about your orientation at the Student Orientation website.

In addition to or in lieu of attending a transfer orientation, you can meet directly with your advisor and select your course schedule. Watch your PAWS account and then contact us to make an appointment when you see that your advisor has been assigned.