Milwaukee Transfer/Adult Orientation 2021

Welcome to UWM! Transfer & Adult Student Orientation (TASO) is your next step in joining the UWM community! There are wonderful opportunities for your family to engage as well as for you to get to know UWM — check those out soon!

Register for Orientation

If you are transferring from a UWM Branch Campus (Waukesha or Washington County) to the Main Campus, please skip step 1 and step 3. Since you have already completed Orientation at a Branch Campus, it is optional for you to attend again.

Orientation Registration Steps

Step 1: Complete Admission Steps

You will be invited via postcard and email to sign up online for Transfer & Adult Student Orientation (TASO) after you have completed the following items:

Step 1: Complete the “Intent to Enroll” To Do List item in your PAWS account. This will confirm your enrollment to UW-Milwaukee.

Step 2: Complete the “Pre-Orientation” To Do List item in your PAWS account. This Pre-Orientation is required for all new students.

Step 3: Register for Orientation!

Step 4 (Optional): Housing & Course Placement Options

Housing: If you are interested in living in University Housing, please follow this link for more information: https://uwm.edu/housing/students/new-transfer-students/

Course Placement: If you are interested in taking course placement, please email NFTest@uwm.edu to discuss your placement options.

The $150 Orientation Fee you will see on your account is not due until the first day of classes. The Orientation Fee is not refundable if you complete the required Orientation course and/or participate in the additional programming.

[Freshman Only] You will also see a $100 New Freshman Fee which is also not due until the first day of classes. This Fee covers many costs related to the first-year programming that will be available to you this year! If you cancel enrollment prior to the start of the term, you will not owe this fee to UWM.

We look forward to seeing you at Transfer & Adult Student Orientation!

Step 2: Register for Orientation

Orientation is a required program for transfer students and adult (21+) freshmen. See the bottom of the page for details on the requirement. To satisfy this requirement, you have two program options:

  1. Transfer & Adult Orientation “Course Only” option allows you to complete TASO in a self-paced format, with no program component. You are welcome to participate in all Get to Know UWM” virtual programming.
  2. Virtual Transfer & Adult Orientation Programs is a half-day experience where you can connect with your peers. Completion of the TASO course is still required and a full schedule is listed under “Prepare for Orientation.”

After you register, you’ll immediately receive a confirmation with limited program details via email. If you choose to attend a virtual TASO program, you’ll receive more extensive directions via mail and email about one week prior to the program.

Student Policies

Changing Your Major
Part of your orientation experience is based on the major that you selected when you applied to UWM. You have the ability to change your major up to 10 days prior to your Orientation program in the registration site. Please note: Changing your major after you register for Orientation may impact which date you can attend orientation.

If you’ve already registered for a program and you want to change your major, you’ll need to cancel your current registration at the same website, log back in and select “Change Major” at the top. You’ll then have to wait until your major is/is not approved and log back in to re-register for the program. We will not accommodate major changes during the Orientation program.

Date Selection & No-Log In Policy
Orientation dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If a program date is unavailable, we are unable to “hold” a date as our system updates in real-time and anyone can select a date should it become available.

You are allowed to change the program you have registered for up to 7 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. If you register for a program and do not participate, that is considered a “no-log in”. If you “no-log in” twice, you will not be allowed to register for a program until the end of the summer in August.

Families and Guests
You are not required to invite a family member or guest to participate in Orientation, but if you would like, you may input their information into your Orientation registration and they will receive communication directly to participate in Family programming.

Spanish Language Accommodations
If your parents/guests need Spanish language translation, please visit our Family Spanish Language Orientation website for more information.

Step 3: Prepare for Orientation

Review the Program Schedule: Transfer & Adult Student Orientation Schedule
Make sure to use #UWMTASO on Twitter or Instagram (Follow us: @uwmnewstudents)!

Submit Your ID Photo [Required] Prior to Orientation, you need to 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 the GET UWM app, PantherCard’s online management system. Go here to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo.

Credit Agreement [Required]
Before being able to register for classes, you must complete your credit agreement. You can complete it through your PAWS account, by clicking “Credit Agreement” on your To Do List items.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) [Required] Enroll in multi-factor authentication (MFA). Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an additional layer of security that keeps your account safe. With MFA, you will be using something you know (your password) with something you have (your device/smartphone) to confirm your identity. For more details on how to enroll, sign in, and manage your devices please review instructions: https://kb.uwm.edu/54768

UWM Email [Required]
You can access and set up your UWM email 1-2 days after you complete your “Intent to Enroll” To Do List item. Your email account is through Outlook and you can log in to the Microsoft suite here. Your email address is your ePantherID followed by @uwm.edu (ppanther@uwm.edu). Login with your full email address and your ePanther ID password.

Academic Plans
One of the most important things you will do as part of your Orientation experience is register for your first semester of classes. An advisor will help guide you on requirements for your major, but it’s a good idea to explore classes that fit your interests if you have room in your schedule. You can look at the schedule of classes for some ideas.

Family Preparation
Check out the full array of Family engagement opportunitiesWe recommend you do the following to get the most out of the (optional) Family Orientation programing:

  • Talk to your student about their academic classes since you won’t be joining them for class registration.
  • Provide your email address to get on the PantherFamilies email list.
  • Connect with your student after the program to hear what they learned.
  • Join for additional live, pre-recorded, and interactive Family-focused opportunities!

Engage with UWM
Check out the Admitted Student website (Transfer or Freshmen 21+) to see if there are any fun events you’d be interested in joining!

Step 4: Participate in Your Orientation!

Complete the Canvas Orientation Module
You will have access to the Online Orientation module hosted on UWM’s online learning platform, Canvas as soon as you register for a program. After being enrolled in the Orientation course, you will complete all modules, videos, and quizzes, including the program evaluation to receive full credit. If this course is not completed, you will not be able to enroll in courses.

If you chose to attend the Virtual Program:

Panther Virtual Hangout
You will participate in a small group experience facilitated by your Orientation Leaders. In this session, you will meet other new students, learn more about campus resources, and review important technology to help you be a successful student at UWM.

Educational Sessions
You will participate in educational sessions to learn how to stay healthy and safe at UWM and learn more about housing options on and off-campus.

Enroll in Classes
It is required for new Adult Freshman and Transfer students to complete the Orientation Course before they can register for courses 

  • New Adult Freshman Only: After you complete the course, you are required to meet with an advisor before you register for courses. Your Academic Advising team will email you regarding setting up your course enrollment appointment. Appointment dates, times, and format (phone or Teams Video Conference-download herewill vary between each school/college/unit, please follow their instructions carefully. 
  • Transfers Only: It is highly encouraged you make an advising appointment before you register for courses. You can make an appointment with your advisor by logging into Navigate and select “New Transfer” for the appointment type (if applicable). You will be able to register for courses anytime after your enrollment appointment.
  • Branch Campus Student transferring to Main Campus: To connect with your Milwaukee campus academic advisor login to Navigate to schedule an advising appointment before you register for your courses. You will be able to register for courses any time after your enrollment appointment.

If you need further assistance in scheduling an appointment through Navigate, visit our Transfer & Adult Freshman Resource Guide.  

Step 5: Stay Connected After Orientation

Get to Know UWM
There are a huge number of additional opportunities to connect in live, interactive, and pre-recorded sessions! UWM is here to help you have a successful college experience–start here to learn more about your network of support and the resources available to you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Orientation held in-person?

No. Due to COVID-19, students starting at UWM in the Summer or Fall of 2021 will participate in an Online Orientation experience. The details of how to register and what to expect are listed above in Steps 1-4. We will be offering small, socially distant, optional in-person programs on campus. Use this form to indicate if you’d be interested in joining a small on-campus program later in the Summer, after your virtual Orientation.

Don’t have access to reliable internet? 

Orientation will take place totally online, if you have concerns about your access to reliable internet or a computer/tablet, use this form to notify us and we will work with you to make accommodations. 

Having trouble connecting to Zoom or Teams, need other technical support? 

Having trouble scheduling an appointment through Navigate?

Review our Navigate Resource Guide for Transfer and New Adult Freshman.

What do I need to do before I participate in Orientation?  

Review the Transfer & Adult Student Checklist before the semester begins. Below are key items to complete:

  • Take a photo of yourself for your student ID and submit it through the “Get UWM” app, PantherCard’s online management system. Go to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo.
  • Complete the University Credit Agreement (paws.uwm.edu) listed under the finances section, click “Credit Agreement”. This must be completed to enroll in classes for the upcoming semester.  
  • Enroll in multi-factor authentication (MFA), this is required for all students. For more details on how to enroll, sign in, and manage your devices please review instructions: https://kb.uwm.edu/54768 
  • Pay outstanding balances on your PAWS account (in the Finances section). If you have overdue charges and a Bursar’s Hold is placed on your account, this may impact your ability to register for classes. 
  • Read the PAWS Financial Aid tutorial to learn how to accept your aid and prepare to speak with a Financial Aid advisor. 
  • Complete any outstanding Financial Aid items (found on your PAWS To Do List items, accept wards, etc.). 
  • Review the schedule of classes online: uwm.edu/schedule. 

Can my family or guests participate in Orientation with me? 

  • Families and guests are not encouraged to participate in the Canvas course, Panther Virtual Hangouts, or Advising Appointments.
  • Family participation in Orientation is not required.  However, students can add guest(s) to their registration when selecting their NSO date. This triggers an email to families to participate in all family programming. 
  • Families have access to a variety of programming options, all laid out here. There are great opportunities to interface with our student service units!

When will I be able to sign up for classes? 

  • Adult freshman and transfer students must complete the Orientation course before they can register for courses.
    • New Adult Freshman Only: After you complete the course, you are required to meet with an advisor before you register for courses. You can set up an appointment with your advisor by logging into Navigate 
    • Transfers Only: It is highly encouraged you make an advising appointment before you register for courses. You can make an appointment with your advisor by logging into Navigate and select “New Transfer” for the appointment type (if applicable). You will be able to register for courses anytime after your enrollment appointment. 
    • Branch Campus Student transferring to Main Campus: To connect with your Milwaukee campus academic advisor login to Navigate to schedule an advising appointment before you register for your courses. You will be able to register for courses any time after your enrollment appointment.
  • If you need further assistance in scheduling an appointment through Navigate, visit our Transfer & Adult Freshman Resource Guide.  

I want to change my major. How do I do that?  

  • If you have already registered for a TASO program: Please (1) Sign in to the Orientation Website and cancel your orientation registration, (2) Click “Change Major” at the top of the page and fill out the form, (3) Pending on workload, it will take 1-2 business days for the major change request to process, and (4) Re-register for the program.  
  • If you have not registered for TASO: Complete a Major Change Request form found online at https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/forms-resources/major-change-request/ 

I’m considering waiting to start at UWM until the Spring. How do I do that, and should I do it?

  • It’s your choice to start classes in the Fall or Spring. If you’ve been admitted for Fall 2021 and want to start classes in Spring 2022, you must submit a Term Change Request here.
  • If you Term Change and have paid your $150 Orientation Fee for Fall, you will NOT get a refund. Your Fall Orientation Fee charge will be canceled and you’ll get a Spring Orientation Fee charge. The Fall payment you already submitted will then automatically cover the Spring Orientation Fee charge.
  • There are many implications to changing terms. To get more information about Term Changes and ask questions, email undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu.

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 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! 

NOTE: If you are transferring from a UWM Branch Campus (Waukesha or Washington County) to the Main Campus, this program is optional for you since you already completed Orientation at a Branch Campus.