Congratulations on the achievements that have led you to this step in your journey. Transfer and Adult Student Orientation marks your entrance into the UWM community. This program will introduce you to the UWM campus, as well as to other new students. We know you’ve got some previous life experience, so we’ll show you how things work at UWM. It’s our goal to make your transition to the Panther family go as smoothly as possible.
Orientation Registration Steps
Get Admitted, Take Placement Tests, and pay deposits
You will be invited via post card to sign up online for Transfer and Adult Student Orientation online after you pay $150 New Student Confirmation Deposit*
All new freshmen must also take Placement Tests. Use this link to register.
If you are interested in living in University Housing, please follow this link for more information: https://uwm.edu/housing/students/new-transfer-students/
If there is a scheduling conflict, please contact our office at 414-229-5842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you at Transfer & Adult Student Orientation!
*This deposit is not refundable if you attend Orientation or if you do not cancel your Orientation registration at least 10 days prior to the program.
After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation via mail and email about 1 week prior to the program.
Changing Your Major
Part of your orientation experience is based on the major that you select when you applied to UWM. You have the ability to change your major up to 10 days prior to your Orientation program.
When you log in to the Orientation registration site, you will have the option to change your current major.
We will not accommodate major changes at the Orientation program.
Disability, Mobility, and Dietary Restrictions
We want to accommodate any mobility, disability, or dietary restrictions that you may have in order to provide you with the best orientation experience.
If you need an accommodation, please indicate this when you register in the space provided.
Date Changes Policy
You are allowed to change the program you have registered for up to 10 days before the program begins. To change your orientation date, log on to the registration site and select a program that works better for your schedule.
You are not required to bring a guest, but if you would like to bring family members with you, you are allowed up to 2 guests. Please note guests are not able to attend course enrollment with their student. We do not recommend bringing small children to this event.
Check out the Transfer & Adult Student Orientation Schedule so you know what to expect!
Submit Your ID Photo
You will receive your PantherCard, your official UWM student ID, at Orientation. Prior to Orientation, you will submit the photo you would like to appear on your PantherCard. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself and upload it through GET UWM, PantherCard’s online management system. Go here to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo. Be sure to upload your photo at least 48 hours prior to your Orientation date this summer to ensure an easy pick-up.
Meet & Greet
After checking in, you will have the opportunity to participate in the UWM Meet & Greet, which is a campus resource fair where you have the chance to talk to different offices on campuses about the services they offer and how they can help you during your time at UWM. For a complete list of offices attending the Meet & Greet, look here
Learning Communities and Living Learning Communities
You can also look into the different Learning Communities UWM has to offer. Here is the complete list of Learning Communities.
Before being able to register for classes, you must complete your credit agreement. If you have not done it yet, you can complete it through your PAWS account. Log in to PAWS, click the Credit Agreement link on your “To Do List” and complete your Credit Agreement there.
One of the most important things you will do at Orientation is register for your first semester of classes. Your advisor will be there to help, but make sure you come with a plan. You can look at the schedule of classes and start thinking about what you want your class schedule to look like.
Here is a list of some things to bring along for your day long Orientation Program:
Something to write with, a phone charger, a sweater (most buildings are air conditioned and can get cold), and some spending money (meals are provided, but the Panther Shop will be open during orientation programs).
We recommend you do the following to get the most out of the (optional) Family Orientation program:
Talk to your student about their academic classes since you won’t be joining them for class registration.
Bring something to take notes with – we provide a lot of information about resources and programs.
Provide your email address to get on the PantherFamilies email list.
Have questions prepared for the offices you’ll be hearing from.
Bring a sweatshirt! Our buildings can be chilly.
Connect with your student after the program to hear what they learned.
Take the evaluation so we know how we’re doing!
When attending New Student Orientation, we ask that you park in the Pavilion Parking Garage located off of Downer Avenue (3409 N. Downer Ave.). Do not park in a space marked ‘reserved’.
From the parking garage, Orientation Leaders and signage will direct you to the check-in area (Union Concourse). Parking for one vehicle is included in the New Freshman Fee and you will be given a pass when you arrive at the garage.
Please note that parking is not available for Transfer & Adult Student Orientation until 9:00am. If you arrive prior to this time, you will not be given a pass and there may not be space to accommodate your vehicle.
Due to limited space, we can only accommodate 1 car per family.
Please note: There is construction on I-94 south of Milwaukee causing major delays. Please plan accordingly. From the South – From I-43 North/I-94 West near downtown Milwaukee. Exit right on W Capitol Dr. (76A). Turn right on to W Capitol Dr. Proceed straight (east) approx. two miles to N Downer Ave. Turn right on to N Downer Ave. Proceed on Downer Ave.The garage entrance is about six blocks down on the right (there is a large sign indicating the entrance).
From the West – From I-94 East near downtown Milwaukee, merge on to I-43 North. Exit right on W Capitol Dr. (76A). Turn right on to W Capitol Dr. Proceed straight (east) approx. two miles to N Downer Ave. Turn right on to N Downer Ave. Proceed on Downer Ave.The garage entrance is about six blocks down on the right (there is a large sign indicating the entrance).
From the North – Take I-43 South into Milwaukee. Exit on Capitol Dr. Turn left (south) at bottom of the exit onto N. Green Bay Ave. Proceed to Capitol Dr., turn left (east) on Capitol Dr. Continue along on Capitol Dr. two and one half (2.5) miles to Downer Ave. Turn right (south) on Downer Ave. Proceed on Downer Ave.The garage entrance is about six blocks down on the right (there is a large sign indicating the entrance).
From the Airport – Exit the Milwaukee airport loop to Airport Spur Rd. Continue along the Airport Spur to I-94 West heading toward downtown Milwaukee. From I-94 West, merge on to I-43 North. Exit right on W Capitol Dr. (76A). Turn right on to W Capitol Dr. Proceed straight (east) approx. two miles to N Downer Ave. Turn right on to N Downer Ave. Proceed on Downer Ave.The garage entrance is about six blocks down on the right (there is a large sign indicating the entrance).
After attending Orientation:
• Students will be able to make informed choices regarding academic, personal and social issues.
• Students will take personal responsibility for their own success.
• Students will feel welcomed, comfortable, engaged and excited to be a member of the UWM community.
• Students will grow in their understanding and respect of others in a diverse community
• Students will be able to integrate previous academic and life experience to successfully transfer into UWM
We also expect that you have fun, come willing to learn and meet new people and adhere to all university policies during the program.
Access to All Student and Family Orientation Presentations – Coming Soon!
Review all of your Orientation materials from your folder and the online link provided
Review the PRIDE Message to set yourself up for success
Begin your On Campus Job search
Join Engage to browse student organizations
Check out our Campus Events calendar
Join the Panthers 2019-20 Facebook Group to meet your new Panther classmates
Get excited for Transfer & Adult Student Welcome (August 22) and Fall Welcome