Transition Programs

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 Camp 

Panther Camp is an extended orientation that gives students insight into what it’s really like to be a Panther. This program is a three-day, two-night experience in August held at a camp in the Milwaukee area where students are given the opportunity to establish life-long friendships, learn about UWM traditions, and make a plan to be successful in every way during their first year! For more information and a link to the application, click here! 

Panther Academic Welcome

Panther Academic Welcome is your 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!

Common Reading Experience

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.

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society

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.