New Transfers & Freshmen Over 21 – Spring

Congratulations on choosing UWM – we’re thrilled to welcome you to the Panther Family! Transfer & Adult Student Orientation (TASO) will introduce you to our campus, the network of support you have access to, and to other students. TASO is intended for new students, but parents and families are welcome to attend alongside your student – you can register when your student signs up for TASO.

Register for Orientation

Note that Orientation is required for Transfer students and Adult Freshmen — you are required to complete the online Orientation course that you’ll have access to immediately upon registration; you are invited to participate in an optional in-person program as well. You’ll make your selections in your registration.

Are you an International Student? Find your information here!

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: Are admitted to UW-Milwaukee — review your Admissions Portal for the most up to date status of your application.

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 (Freshmen only): Satisfy Course Placement requirement by submitting SAT/ACT scores or following steps found here. Please email NFTest@uwm.edu with questions.

Step 4: Register for Orientation! See directions in the next dropdown item.

Step 2: Register for Orientation

Orientation Registration will open the week of 10/11/2021 — check back here for a link to our registration system.

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. Complete the TASO Course only by selecting “TASO Course Only” during registration – this option allows you to complete the self-paced Orientation course with no program component.
  2. Complete the TASO Course and join for an in-person TASO Program – this option allows you to review Orientation information and come to campus to wrap up your experience. Note that completion of the TASO course is still required.

After you register, you’ll immediately receive a confirmation with limited program details via email. If you choose to attend an in-person 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 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 approved or not and log back in to re-register for the program. 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.

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.

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

Schedule
TASO schedule coming soon!

If you’re joining for an in-person program, consider bringing something to write with, a phone charger, a sweater (most buildings are air conditioned and can get cold), and some spending money, if you’d like (the PantherShop will be open!).

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

COVID-19 Guidelines
If you have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms within 10 days of your Orientation, please do not come to campus. Email us at orientation@uwm.edu and we can share options to make up your Orientation experience. If you are symptom-free, please follow campus guidelines requiring you to wear a mask. 

Financial Aid questions?
There will only be extremely limited opportunity for students and guests to discuss Financial Aid-related questions during Orientation. We highly recommend that you schedule a 1-1 appointment in advance of your Orientation — you can schedule that appointment here.

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 are admitted. 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 opportunities! We 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.

Engage with UWM
Check out the Admitted Student website to see if there are any fun events you’d be interested in joining!

Step 4: Complete 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 in-person program:

Parking Details

When attending Orientation, we ask that you park in the Pavilion Parking Garage located off of Kenwood 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 (Bolton Hall). Parking is included in the Orientation Fee and you will be given a pass when you arrive at the garage.

Please note that parking is not available for TASO until 11:45am. If you arrive prior to this time, you will not be given a pass and there may not be space to accommodate your vehicle. If you arrive late (after 12:30pm), you will not receive a pass.

Due to limited space, we can only accommodate 1 car per family.

Expectations

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.

Step 5: 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), or call your school/college advising office, contact info found here. 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.

Step 6: Stay Connected After Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Fees I’m paying?

  • 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 a TASO program. This Fee covers the costs related to your Orientation experience.
  • [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.

What do I need to do before I come to orientation? 

  • Meet with your academic advisor prior to attending orientation. Your Academic Advisor’s name is listed on the right-hand side of your PAWS homepage, you can contact the advising office to schedule an appointment. There may be an opportunity to meet with your advisor at TASO, but it is not guaranteed. Please select “Yes” in your registration to request an advising appointment.  
  • Take a photo of yourself for your student ID and submit it through the “GET UWM,” PantherCard’s online management system. Go to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo. Be sure to upload at least 48 hours prior to your Orientation date to ensure easy pick-up.  
  • Complete your credit agreement on PAWS (uwm.edu/paws). This must also be completed to enroll in classes for the fall semester.  
  • If you have already enrolled in courses for your first term at UWM, visit the schedule of classes (uwm.edu/schedule) and course catalog (uwm.edu/catalog) to view the major requirements and courses available prior to attending orientation.  
  • Optional: Apply for or transfer your Financial Aid (fafsa.gov). Complete any outstanding Financial Aid items listed on your PAWS to do list. 

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? 

  • ePanther ID and password (you will need this to enroll in classes) 
  • Comfortable walking shoes 
  • Jacket 
  • Umbrella (as needed) 

Will meals be provided for me? 

  • No — we will not be serving meals at Spring Orientation in 2022.

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

  • If you have already registered for a Transfer & Adult Student Orientation program and you have not enrolled in courses: 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) Wait 3-5 business days for major change request to process, and (4) Re-register for the program.  
  • If you are enrolled in courses and want to change your major: Contact the advising office of the school/college in which your new major is housed. You work directly with the school/college to get your major changed. 

I’m considering waiting to start at UWM until next semester. 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 Spring and want to start classes in Fall, you must submit a Term Change Request here.
  • If you Term Change and have paid your $150 Orientation Fee for Spring, you will NOT get a refund. Your Spring Orientation Fee charge will be canceled and you’ll get a Fall Orientation Fee charge. The Spring payment you already submitted will then automatically cover the Fall Orientation Fee charge.
  • There are many implications to changing terms. To get more information about Term Changes and ask questions, email undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu.

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.

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 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! 

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.