New Student Programs is committed to supporting students in successfully transitioning to UWM academically and socially while prioritizing mental, physical, and emotional wellness. New Student Programs and various campus partners host and support several Transition Programs and organizations. Read more about each below.
PAW is the official start to every freshman’s Panther experience! This program helps you get acclimated to campus by focusing on three building blocks to student success: relationships, self-advocacy, and well-being. At the end of PAW, you’ll have a better idea of how to manage your time, how to ask for academic support, and have the opportunity to build new friendships! PAW is a long-standing campus tradition—it’s where you’ll participate in the Class Photo and the Coin Toss! Read more about PAW here!
TAWD is an optional program for new transfer and adult students to get more familiar with campus, build social connections, and connect with current student leaders. Students who choose to attend will have the opportunity to reflect on their past experiences, chart a path toward success at UWM, take care of some important business before the start of classes, and participate in some signature UWM traditions! For more information, visit the TAWD page.
ALD is a National Honor Society for First-Year students, originally founded at the University of Illinois in 1924. Today, our chapter invites all First-Year students who earn a 3.5 GPA during their first semester at UWM to join and participate in activities run by the Student Executive Board. For more information, visit the ALD page.
To help students who started at UWM in 2020 adapt to coming to campus in Fall 2021, we’ve created some programs specifically for new students who need some additional support.