About Us

Orientation is shown to enhance student success and to make the transition of starting at an institution of higher education easier. We employ several national best practices at our programs that make them exceptional. Our staff members utilize NODA, The Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention to make sure that we are up to date on everything related to Orientation and Transition programming. Orientation for domestic undergraduate students is managed by New Student Programs within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Every undergraduate student will experience a seamless transition to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee through outstanding Orientation and Transition programs.

New Student Programs is committed to providing all incoming undergraduate students the resources to be successful. We strive to provide excellent customer service and knowledge about the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including our Branch Campuses in Waukesha and Washington County. We provide intentional and specific Orientation and Transition programs for first-year students, transfer students, and their families.


Meet the Office Staff!

Meet the Orientation Leaders!

The Orientation Requirement

Orientation is an exciting opportunity for you to get familiar with your new community. We’ll show you all the ways you can be a part of the UWM community, find a group of friends, and get help during your time at UWM. Our talented team of Orientation Leaders will guide you through the program and share their stories about their experience on campus. Orientation will help you: 

  • Be able to make informed choices regarding academic, personal and social issues.  
  • Take personal responsibility for their own success.  
  • Feel welcomed, comfortable, engaged and excited to be a member of the UWM community.   
  • Grow in their understanding and respect of others is a diverse community. 
  • Connect your past academic experiences to the UWM context.

Orientation is required program (for all freshmen; highly encouraged for transfer students) because navigating the transition college can be challenging. We want you to have access to all the tools, knowledge, and support that you can to make your transition to UWM as seamless as possible. We’re committed to your success and can’t wait to welcome you to your new community!