Thinking About Leaving UWM?

Are you struggling here at UWM?

We want to make sure you know about all the resources available to you.  Whether you’re dealing with academic difficulties, food insecurity, work/life balance, or mental health concerns, there are many people, programs, and offices on campus that can help.  We want you to be successful and stay enrolled if at all possible so please connect with the Student Success Center and/or your academic advisor to discuss all your options before you withdraw.  You might find that taking classes part-time works better or that enrolling at one of our branch locations is a better fit.  Also, check out the links to the right for additional resources.

If you’ve made the decision to leave . . .

Our mission is to help all students on campus navigate their academic requirements, enroll in the right classes, and graduate with a UWM degree.  However, we recognize that is not always possible.  Some students have life obligations that arise, and they need to take time off of school.  Others find a program at another institution that better fits their academic goals.  If you do choose to leave UWM, regardless of the reason, we still want you to be successful.  Please review the information below to make your departure is as smooth as possible.

  • Speak to your academic advisor  – Whether you can drop your classes on you own or you need to request a withdrawal, it is advisable to speak to your academic advisor.  Your advisor can give you information about transferring to another institution as well as returning to UWM at some point in the future.
  • Look up the drop deadlines – Depending on when you drop your courses, you may still be responsible for paying some or all of your tuition.  Contact the Registrar’s Office with questions.
  • Check with financial aidIf you received financial aid, you will want to find out how stopping out of school or transferring might affect current or future aid.  Depending on when you withdraw, you may need to return some of your financial aid award.  If you received military benefits, speak to the Military Education Benefits Office as well.
  • Contact University HousingIf you were living on campus, you will need to discuss any current or future housing contracts you have.
  • Drop all classes – The most important part of departing the University is to make sure you are no longer enrolled in courses.  Please log into your PAWS account to drop any current or future enrollment.  If it is past the drop deadline for the current semester, you will need to meet with your advisor and ask to be withdrawn.
  • Complete your exit survey – Tell us why you’ve made the decision to leave UWM.  This survey will give us a better idea of how we might be able to better serve future students, and it allows you the opportunity to share your experiences.  This is NOT how you withdraw from classes.  Please follow the step above to ensure your classes are dropped.

Students who’ve been called up for military service should contact the Military and Veterans Resource Center to learn about other resources.

Need to order a transcript to be sent to another school?  Ordering can be done online through the One Stop website.