New Transfers & Freshmen Over 21 – Fall

Registration for Summer Orientation is closed

NOTE: The Orientation Registration deadline for students starting in Fall 2022 was 4 p.m. on 8/29

Transfer and Adult Student Orientation (TASO) marks your entrance into the UWM community. TASO will introduce you to the UWM campus as well as to other new students. We know you have previous campus experience, so we’ll show you how things work at UWM. It’s our goal to make your transition to the Panther Family as smooth as possible!

Please note the information below applies to students entering UWM in the Fall Semester of 2022. If you have questions on completing TASO and are interested in attending UWM in the Fall of 2022, please email us at orientation@uwm.edu. We will be releasing information about TASO for Spring 2023 new students in October.

Your TASO experience consists of two parts:

  1. Required completion of the online TASO Course. You’ll have immediate access to the TASO Course when you register. Once you complete this course, we remove your Orientation Hold and you can enroll in classes. Note: Adult Freshmen are also required to meet with their Academic Advisor before enrolling.
  2. Optional participation in an on-campus TASO Program. When you register for TASO, you indicate if you’d like to only complete the Course or if you’d also like to join for a program.

For the schedule of Summer 2022’s Transfer and Adult Student Orientation Programs (TASO), see the agenda here. The afternoon conference sessions allow you to choose the topics of most interest to you.

Note: There is a $150 Orientation fee that all new students are required to pay for attending a TASO Program and/or completing the TASO Course. This fee is used to fund our TASO programs and bring students an unforgettable experience! The $150 Orientation fee is due along with your tuition on the first day of classes and is nonrefundable if you attend a TASO Program and/or complete the TASO Course.

COVID-19 Notice: New Student Programs is excited to welcome you to campus! Optional in-person TASO programs are continuing as planned, but we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. If anything changes, you will be contacted via email as soon as possible.

Orientation Registration Steps

Step 1: Get Admitted

Before you register for Orientation

Log into your Admissions Portal to take these actions:

  • Submit required documents for your application to UWM
  • Check the status of your application to UWM
  • View your decision letter
  • View contact information for your UWM Admissions Advisor 
  • Complete your “Intent to Enroll” as your first step to enrolling at UWM

Once you’re admitted to UWM, you’ll be invited to register for Orientation and take other necessary steps.

Step 2: Register for Orientation

Log into your Admissions Portal and find “Transfer/Adult Student Orientation” item. Follow the steps to select a date and share other important information like dietary needs, disability accommodations, and guest registration information. This is where you choose if you’ll (1) only complete the required Course or (2) also join for an on-campus TASO Program.

After you register, you’ll immediately receive an email confirmation details on how to immediately access and complete the required TASO Course. Please take those steps as soon as possible so you can enroll in classes early!

If you choose to join for an on-campus program, we’ll be in touch via email about 1 week prior to your TASO date with details.

Student Policies

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 14 days before the program begins. To change your TASO date, log on to the Admissions Portal and select a program that works better for your schedule.

Guest Policy
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.

Step 3: Complete the Required TASO Course

After you register, you’ll immediately receive an email confirmation details on how to immediately access and complete the required TASO Course. Please take those steps as soon as possible so you can enroll in classes early! A few helpful notes about the Course:

  • The Course is hosted in Canvas, UWM’s online learning platform. Many of your classes will have a Canvas page.
  • The Course should take about an hour to complete, but is self-paced, so you can save your progress and return later if needed.
  • The morning following your completion of the Course, you’ll see the Orientation Hold release from your PAWS account, and you’re ready for your next step!
Step 4: Enroll in Classes

Credit Agreement
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.

Enroll in Classes
We strongly encourage you to enroll in classes as soon as possible. Make an academic advising appointment by logging into Navigate before you register for your courses. Your Academic Advisor can also be found in PAWS. You will be able to enroll in classes any time after your enrollment appointment provided that you’ve completed the TASO Course (and met with your Advisor if you’re an Adult Freshman).

If you haven’t already met with your Advisor, please do so ASAP. You cannot meet with an Advisor during a TASO program. Your Advisor is available to help you with class selection, but it’s a good idea to look at the schedule of classes and start thinking about what you want your schedule to look like.

Course Placement – Adult Freshmen Only
Before you enroll, you’ll need to complete your Course Placement requirement. Math and English ACT/SAT scores will be utilized for placement. For optional testing (Chemistry, Spanish, German, French, Math and English), please visit the Course Placement Website
Step 5: Complete Your Next Steps

Submit the University Housing Contract OR Exemption Form
The Housing Contract and Exemption form can be completed in the Housing Portal found at uwm.edu/myhousing. For more information, please visit https://uwm.edu/housing/students/your-university-housing-contract/. If you completed a University Housing Contract, pay the $100 University Housing Contract Deposit.

Complete Your University Credit Agreement
This appears on your To-Do List on your PAWS account and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office page.

Submit Your High School or Previous College Transcripts
Work with your High School counselor to send us your final high school transcript once your final grades and graduation date have been posted. Transcripts can be sent electronically or mailed to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Submit Your ID Photo
You can 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.

If you choose to join for an on-campus TASO Program, we will give you your card at program check-out. Be sure to upload your photo at least 48 hours prior to your TASO date.

If you choose to complete the TASO Course only, you can pick your PantherCard up from the PantherCard Office during their open office hours – see their website for up to date hours.

 

Prepare for TASO – If you chose to join for a TASO Program

Packing List
Here is a list of some things to bring along for your day long TASO Program:

Something to write with, a phone charger, a sweater (most buildings are air conditioned and can get cold), and some spending money (lunch is provided, but the Panther Shop will be open during orientation programs).

Family Preparation
We recommend you do the following to get the most out of TASO:

  • 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!

Parking Details
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’. Vehicles higher than 6’9” will not make the garage clearance.

From the parking garage, Orientation Leaders and signage will direct you to the check-in area (Library Overhang). Parking is included in the New Freshman Fee and you will be given a pass when you arrive at the garage. Please plan to park in the Pavilion Parking Garage on campus located at 3409 N. Downer Ave. Due to constriction, the parking garage is not accessible off of Downer Ave so please enter the Garage from Edgewood Ave. To see a map, please click here: Pavilion Parking Directions. For more information on parking, fees, and times, see below in the “Attend Orientation” session.

Please note that parking is not available for New Student Orientation until 8:30am. 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.

Step 6: Attend an Optional TASO Program

Schedule
Check out the Transfer & Adult Student Orientation Schedule so you know what to expect. TASO is a “choose your own adventure” style program where you can pick what sessions you attend.

Remember to use #UWMTASO on Twitter or Instagram to share your experiences!

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.

Campus Map
Click here for a map of the UWM campus.

Note: There is a $150 Orientation fee that all new students are required to pay for attending a TASO Program and/or completing the TASO Course. This fee is used to fund our TASO programs and bring students an unforgettable experience! The $150 Orientation fee is due along with your tuition on the first day of classes and is nonrefundable if you attend a TASO Program and/or complete the TASO Course.

COVID-19 precautions: All Orientation attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose during the program. We will be providing free KN95 masks to all participants at the program who would like one. We have also planned as many activities as possible to be outside. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness prior to the program, please stay home. We will be providing opportunities to make up programs that are missed in the event of illness.

Step 7: Stay Connected After Orientation

Access to Orientation Presentations – Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I enroll in classes?

  • Transfers: As soon as you complete the TASO Course. The following morning we’ll release your Orientation Hold and you can enroll. No need to wait until your optional on-campus program if you choose to register for one.
  • Adult Freshmen: You need to complete the TASO Course and have a 1-1 meeting with your Academic Advisor. Once you’ve completed the course, schedule and attend that meeting, then you can enroll.

Can family and guests attend TASO with me? 

  • Families and guests (limit 2) are welcome to attend but they are not required. 
  • If family or guests attend TASO with you, there will be portions of the day where you are separated. Some conference sessions and course enrollment are exclusively for students. 

What should I bring with me to TASO? 

  • E-panther ID and password (just in case you need to log into any UWM platforms)
  • Comfortable walking shoes 
  • Jacket 
  • Umbrella (as needed) 

Will meals be provided for me? 

  • Students and their families and guests will be provided a lunch at TASO. 

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 welcome, comfortable, engaged, and excited to be a member of the UWM community.   
  • Grow in their understanding and respect for others in a diverse community. 

Orientation is required program because navigating the transition to 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!