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.
Panther Academic Welcome is a freshman’s first official day as a Panther! You’ll spend the afternoon in small groups with other students in your School or College participating in two breakout sessions: Mission Possible and the Common Reading Experience. Mission Possible will teach you about various academic support services at UWM and help you make a plan to be a great student during your first year. The Common Reading Experience is a discussion of this year’s Common Read text, facilitated by faculty. After these sessions, students participate in the University Welcome, a UWM tradition consisting of remarks from our Chancellor, the Class Photo, and the Coin Toss! Finally, the day is wrapped up with a campus-wide cookout on Spaights Plaza. For more information on PAW, visit our page!
All First-Year students read a common text, provided on the flash drive they receive during New Student Orientation. Then, during Panther Academic Welcome, students participate in a small group discussion regarding the text in an effort to spark conversation about important issues of intellectual, social, and moral significance. This is a good opportunity for new students to connect with faculty from many disciplines across the university. To read more about the Common Reading Experience and review this year’s text selection, visit the Common Reading Experience site.
Transfer Academic Welcome Day (TAWD) is an optional program for new Transfer Students to get more familiar with campus and complete some important tasks prior to the start of classes. Students who choose to attend will have the opportunity to pick up their Panther Card and U Pass, speak with Financial Aid Advisors, and connect with other new students. 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.