Meet with your Advisor

Meet with your Academic Advisor at Least Once a Semester

Advisors listen to your concerns and questions, lead you through the maze of degree requirements and connect you to campus resources. Multicultural students are also encouraged to make use of UWM’s newly located multicultural student support services (located on the first floor of Bolton Hall).

Make an appointment early in the semester so that you are well acquainted with your advisor well before the rush of registration begins for the next semester.

In partnership, you and your advisor work together to enrich your academic experience. You can find the name of your advisor by looking on your PAWS account.

Advisors listen to your concerns and questions:

  • What courses should I take?
  • How long will it take to graduate?
  • I’m struggling in one of my courses; what should I do?

Advisors are your best resource for understanding degree requirements and university procedures:

  • How do I declare or change my major?
  • How does the UWM Repeat Rule apply to me?
  • How is my grade point average calculated?
  • What happens if I have to drop a class or withdraw from the University?

Advisors link you to campus resources:

  • Where can I go for tutoring?
  • Where can I go for career counseling?
  • How do I get involved with campus student organizations?

Make the most of your student-advisor partnership:

  • Meet with your advisor AT LEAST once per semester. Your advisor’s calendar fills quickly around registration time (April for fall/summer; November for spring). Scheduling appointments several weeks in advance is recommended.
  • Keep your advising appointments. Your time is precious so come prepared with questions, concerns and issues.
  • Keep a Personal Academic File for your records such as transcripts, curriculum plans, e-mail, University forms and correspondence.
  • Keep a calendar of important events (exam dates, assignment due dates).

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