Panther Academic Welcome

Panther Academic Welcome (PAW) is your next step in becoming a member of the UWM community! PAW will help to prepare you for a successful first semester of college by focusing on your skills surrounding relationships, self-advocacy, and well-being—three building blocks of academic success. This year, PAW at UWM-Milwaukee will be in person on September 1, 2022 for new students residing in Sandburg Hall and September 2, 2022 for new students residing on south campus and new commuters.

PAW 2022

Students every year develop new and long-lasting friendships during PAW. We plan to continue that tradition in a safe, socially distanced way by offering optional in-person and online small group experiences. Join a group of your peers from your housing community, facilitated by an Orientation Leader, to start building new relationships! 

New Students Living in Sandburg Hall

Your PAW experience will take place on September 1, 2022. Check back here for more information regarding time and location available early July!

New Students Living on South Campus or Commuting

Your PAW experience will take place on September 2, 2022. Busses will be available to transport you to PAW meeting locations on main campus for this experience. Check back here for more information regarding time and location available early July!

All New Students: Join the Coin Toss & Class Photo

Join for the iconic Class Photo and Coin Toss traditions on September 2, 2022!

This is your chance to get together with all of UWM’s new students for a once-in-a-lifetime photo! Come to Engelmann parking lot at 5:00 PM to get your class shirt and UWM coin. Then, we’ll head onto the field to form U-W-M! Please note to not wear spiked shoes, chew gum, or bring any food onto Engelmann Field.

After the photo is taken, you will be guided across campus towards the UWM fountain where you will participate in another campus tradition: the Coin Toss! 

The Coin Toss is an opportunity for you to take a moment and reflect on all the hard work you’ve done to make it to this point in your academic career and to look forward to what’s to come. Think about those goals as you toss your coin into the Fountain–manifest your success!

At graduation, you will receive your coin as a memento of your resilience, reminder of how much you’ve learned and grown during your time at UWM, and celebration of your time at UWM.

Why participate in PAW? 

Why do we require Panther Academic Welcome? Students that have participated in PAW perform better in their first semester than their peers. Students who were able to attend PAW in 2020 earned higher Fall semester GPAs, were more likely to finish the semester in good academic standing, and were more likely to return for the Spring semester. PAW makes a difference. Join us this Fall online and in-person. 

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As a reminder, PAW is required for all new freshmen. Your guest housing privileges in housing will be revoked unless you complete the Canvas course. All students may lose the ability to amend course enrollments in PAWS if the course is not completed.