Congratulations on the achievements that have led you to this step in your journey. New Student Orientation marks your entrance into the UWM community. This program will introduce you to the UWM at Washington County campus, as well as to other new students and families. New Student Orientation is intended for new students, but parents are welcome to attend Family Orientation.
Orientation Registration Steps
Before you can sign up for Orientation
You will be invited via postcard to sign up online for New Student Orientation after you have completed the following steps:
Step 1: Take Placement Tests (UWM has to receive your scores before this item is removed from PAWS – it can take up to 3 weeks) with required essay component. Freshmen and Transfer Student can find Placement Testing information using this link.
Step 2: Pay $150 New Student Confirmation Deposit* which is part of the $250 New Freshman Fee
When ALL of these steps are complete, you’ll be able to pick your orientation date.
If there is a scheduling conflict, please contact our office at 262-335-5201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you at New Student Orientation!
*This deposit is not refundable if you attend Orientation or if you do not cancel your Orientation registration at least 10 days prior to the program.
After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation via mail and email about 1 week prior to the program.
Part of your orientation experience is based on the meta-major that you select when you register for the event.
When you log in to the Orientation registration site, you will have the option to indicate your current meta-major.
Disability, Mobility, and Dietary Restrictions
We want to accommodate any mobility or accessibility needs 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.
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. Romantic partners (boyfriends, girlfriends, partners) are not appropriate guests for this program. Please note you will not be with your guests for a majority of this program, including course enrollment.
Here’s the schedule for the program:
Opening Presentation: Learn what it takes to be a student at UWM at Waukesha.
Meet and Greet: Learn about the many resources we have on campus.
Parent Session: Parents will get a chance to learn about how to best support their student through their transition to being a college student.
Student Registration (Students Only): Parents will learn how to best support their new college student while students use the computer lab to register for classes.
Submit Your ID Photo
You will receive your PantherCard, your official UWM student ID, at Orientation. Prior to Orientation, you will 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 GET UWM, PantherCard’s online management system. Go here to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo. Be sure to upload your photo at least 48 hours prior to your Orientation date this summer to ensure an easy pick-up.
Meet & Greet
During the Orientation program, you will have the opportunity to participate in the UWM at Washington County Meet & Greet, which is a campus resource fair where you have the chance to talk to different offices on campuses about the services they offer and how they can help you during your time at UWM at Washington County.
Before being able to register for classes, you must complete your credit agreement. If you have not done it yet, you can complete it through your PAWS account. Log in to PAWS, click the Credit Agreement link on your “To Do List” and complete your Credit Agreement there.
One of the most important things you will do at Orientation is register for your first semester of classes. An advisor will be there to 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.
Here is a list of some things to bring along for your day long Orientation Program:
Something to write with, a notepad, a phone charger, a sweater (most buildings are air conditioned and can get cold), a water bottle, and some spending money (the Bookstore will be open during orientation programs).
We recommend you do the following to get the most out of the (optional) Family Orientation program:
Talk to your student about their academic classes since you won’t be joining them for class registration.
Bring something to take notes with – we provide a lot of information about resources and programs.
Provide your email address to get on the PantherFamilies email list.
Have questions prepared for the offices you’ll be hearing from.
Bring a sweatshirt! Our buildings can be chilly.
Connect with your student after the program to hear what they learned.
Take the evaluation so we know how we’re doing!
When attending New Student Orientation, we ask that you park in the upper parking lot located off of 400 University Drive, at the top of Campus Drive. From the parking LOT, signage will direct you to the check-in area (outside ROOM #).
Due to limited space, we can only accommodate 1 car per family.
From the North on US 45
Take US 45 South to WI 33, turn right (west) 1 block to University Drive. Turn left (south) and continue to UWM at Washington County.
From the South on US 45
Take US 45 North to WI 33, turn left 1 block (west) to University Dr.
Turn left (south) on University Drive and continue approximately 3 blocks to UWM at Washington County.
From the East on WI 33
Take WI 33 through West Bend. University Drive is approximately 1 block past the junction with Hwy. 45. Turn south (left) on University Dr., and continue approximately 3 blocks to UWM at Washington County.
From the West on WI 33
Take WI 33 to University Dr., turn right (south)
and continue to UWM at Washington County.
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.
We also expect that you have fun, come willing to learn and meet new people and adhere to all university policies during the program.
Access to All Student and Family Orientation Presentations – Coming Soon!
Review all of your Orientation materials from your folder and the online link provided
Review the PRIDE Message to set yourself up for success
Begin your On Campus Job search
Join Engage to browse student organizations
Check out our Campus Events calendar
Get in the right frame of mind for college by checking out our student video
Join the Panthers 2019-20 Facebook Group to meet your new Panther classmates
Get excited for Panther Academic Welcome (August 23 – required for all new freshmen) and Fall Welcome