Academic Advising

Outside of the classroom, your Academic Advisor is your main point of contact as a student.  Associate-level students are assigned an academic advisor in the College of General Studies at either the Waukesha or Washington County location.  Bachelor/Undergraduate Students are assigned to an Academic Advisor within the Advising Office of your School or College.  Graduate students are typically advised by their particular academic department.

You can look up your assigned Academic Advisor in PAWS. Your advisor’s name appears on the right side of your Student Center screen, under the Advisor heading. Clicking on the blue details link will connect you to your advisor through email.

Advisors can connect you to campus resources and assist you with academic planning, helping you to make the best choices as a UWM student.  We recommend scheduling an appointment with your Academic Advisor at least once a semester, prior to enrolling in classes for the upcoming term.

Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for each of UWM’s degrees, majors, minors, and certificates are published in UWM’s Academic Catalog.  Your advisor is the best resource to help you navigate through to graduation.

PAWS Academic Advisement Report

Your PAWS home page includes an Academic Requirements report under the “Other Academic Options” dropdown box.  This report is the same report utilized by Academic Advising offices and for Graduation Clearance, so you can stay current with your completed and as-yet-uncompleted degree requirements.

Honors Students

UWM’s Honors College admits high-achieving freshmen, transfer, and continuing students.  See the Honors College website for admission information and program requirements.

Undecided Students

Students admitted to UWM with an Undecided major are housed with the Office of Central Advising.  OCA supports students with specialized advisors who will match your interests and skills to pathways to specific UWM majors and degrees.

Multicultural Success Coaches

Undergraduate students who identify as members of populations traditionally under-represented at institutions of higher education are assigned a Multicultural Student Success Coordinator who provides guidance and/or support relative to your college experience.

Online & Distance Students

Students who intend to enroll at UWM as entirely online studeuwmnts can find more information from, or by emailing

For technology help, call UWM’s Help Desk at (414) 229-4040 or toll free at (877) 381-3459.  You can also send a request through

Specific advising, tutoring, and library services available to Online and Distance students are detailed on the UWM Online Resources page.