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Congratulations! Your UWM journey is just beginning! There are a number of actions every admitted student needs to take to access information required to successfully enroll at UWM and become a UWM Panther. 

Activate your ePanther ID 
Each student is given an ePanther ID that will be used to log into their UWM accounts.

To activate your ePanther ID, visit this website. You will need your Campus ID number to activate your ePanther. You received your Campus ID, along with activation instructions, in an email after you submitted your application to UWM. If you cannot find that information, contact undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu.  

After you have activated your ePanther ID there are two UWM accounts you will want to access and check regularly. 

Admissions Portal (uwm.edu/admissionsportal) is used to: 
  • Submit required documents for your application to UWM 
  • Check the status of your application to UWM 
  • View your decision letter  
  • View contact information for your UWM Admissions Advisor 
  • Complete your “Intent to Enroll” as your first step to enrolling at UWM
PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account is used to: 
  • Accept your financial aid award(s) 
  • Pay tuition and fees 
  • View remaining steps for enrollment to UWM (i.e. housing, placement exams, orientation, etc.) 
  • Review transfer credit evaluation 
  • View contact information for your Academic Advisor 

Check yourUWM email account regularly for important updates: After you complete your Intent to Enroll, you’ll soon have access to your UWM email account. Your UWM email account is through Outlook and your email address is your ePanther ID with @uwm.edu after (example: ppanther@uwm.edu). 

We encourage all admitted students to also do the following:  

Attend UWM! Classes start:

  • UWinteriM 2022: Jan. 3, 2022 
  • Spring 2022: Jan. 24, 2022 
  • Summer 2022: May 31, 2022
  • Fall 2022: Sept. 6, 2022

Required Next Steps for Admitted Students

Ready to take your next steps to become a UWM Panther? Below are required steps all admitted students must complete before they can enroll. Use the checklist based on your student status. 

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  1. Check Your Accounts — Often! 

    Your Admissions Portal and PAWS account contain important application and enrollment information. You will receive information about your application and admission status in your Admissions Portal. In PAWS, you have a To-Do List, which lists steps you need to take to enroll. There you will receive information from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices. 

  2. Complete Your Intent to Enroll

    Your Intent to Enroll is a one-question survey in your Admissions Portal. It’s your way to let UWM know if you plan to be a student in the fall. Click on the Intent to Enroll item as it appears in your Admissions Portal and follow the instructions. The priority deadline to complete your Intent to Enroll for Fall is May 1.

  3. Determine Living Arrangements (only for freshmen under 21)

    New full-time freshmen under the age of 21 are required to live on campus their first academic year or ask for an exemption

    Living on campus: Living in University Housing is a great way to transition to college life. Whether you’re taking part in a volunteer project or just relaxing with friends in your room, you’ll discover that our residence halls sit at the intersection of classroom, campus and community. And research has shown that living on campus contributes positively to a student’s overall success. 

    Review the details of the housing contract and learn how to submit your University Housing contract. After submitting your contract, you’ll be billed the $100 Housing Prepayment/Deposit. Be sure to pay this deposit in PAWS to secure your spot in University Housing. 

    Living off campus: If you’d like to request an exemption from living on campus, you’ll need to fill out the exemption request form and submit required documentation. 

    If you commute from home, don’t worry! We’ll help you get connected to campus. You’ll hear from your Peer Mentor, a student from the Student Success Center who helps you meet other students, shows you around campus, and assists you with your academic success. You can also visit the Commuter Student Lounge located within the Inclusive Excellence Center in the Union. 

    The priority deadline for all University Housing paperwork is May 1. For more information, visit University Housing

  4. Course Placement

    Your course placement can be satisfied by submitting your ACT/SAT scores to UWM or by completing our free UWM online placement tests in math and English. For those who may need placement testing, options including online placements are available. Learn more about course placement at UWM.

  5. Register for Student Orientation and Complete Pre-Orientation

    Starting in March (October for spring admits), you’ll be invited to register for Orientation one to two days after you’ve completed your Intent to Enroll, completed housing steps and course placement. 

    Orientation is a required program for all new freshmen and is a great opportunity to get acclimated to campus, meet fellow UWM Panthers, connect with an advisor and enroll in classes. You must register for this program. 

    When you’re eligible to register for Orientation, you’ll see it as a To-Do List item in your PAWS account. You won’t be able to enroll in classes until you complete the Orientation experience. 

    For more information and to register, visit the New Student Programs website

    Pre-Orientation: Completing this 10-minute activity is required before attending the orientation program. It will appear on your To-Do List in your PAWS account. 

  6. Submit Your ID Photo

    All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card. Download the Get Mobile App to upload your photo or directly upload a selfie to the Panther Card Office.  Make sure to complete this at least 48 hours prior to your orientation program. 

  7. Complete Your University Credit Agreement

    Every student must electronically sign the University Credit Agreement. This appears on your To-Do List on your PAWS account and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office

  8. Send in Your High School Transcripts

    Work with your counselor to send us your final high school transcript once your final grades and graduation date have been posted. Transcripts can be sent electronically or mailed to:

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 749
    Milwaukee, WI 53201

  9. Pay Your Tuition and Fees

    After you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. Two of those fees are the $150 Orientation Fee (not refundable if you complete Orientation) and the $100 New Freshman Fee, both of which cover various costs for campus resources and programs, such as Fall Welcome

    Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office

  10. Attend Panther Academic Welcome

    Panther Academic Welcome (PAW) is a required in-person program where you’ll get acclimated to academic expectations at UWM and learn more about how to succeed in college. PAW is a part of the Fall Welcome experience. Learn more here: uwm.edu/welcome 

  1. Check Your Accounts — Often!

    Your Admissions Portal and PAWS account contain important application and enrollment information. You will receive information about your application and admission status in your Admissions Portal. In PAWS, you have a To-Do List, which lists steps you need to take to enroll. There you will receive information from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices. 

  2. Complete Your Intent to Enroll

    Your Intent to Enroll is a one-question survey in your Admissions Portal. It’s your way to let UWM know if you plan to be a student in the next term. Click on the Intent to Enroll item as it appears in your Admissions Portal and follow the instructions. The priority deadline to complete your Intent to Enroll for Fall is May 1.

  3. Check Your Transfer Credit Evaluation

    Your incoming transfer credits are evaluated within two to three weeks of admission. You can see the evaluation on your PAWS account under the My Academics tab.

    We strongly recommend you set up an appointment to meet with your advisor to go over the transfer credit evaluation, determine what degree requirements you need to meet, schedule the appropriate classes and figure out your path to graduation. Your academic advisor is listed on your PAWS account about a week after you have been admitted to UWM. To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, sign in to Navigate or call the advising office for your school/college at the contact information listed here.

  4. Register for Transfer and Adult Student Orientation and Complete Pre-Orientation

    Transfer & Adult Student Orientation (TASO) is a required program to help you become familiar with campus resources and provide an opportunity to meet other transfer and adult students. You must register for TASO. 
     
    The required Canvas course can be completed right away after you register. The optional additional programming is available in select dates that you choose during registration. 

    TASO registration opens in March (October for spring admits), and programming is held throughout the summer (January for spring admits). Register today! 

    Pre-Orientation: Completing this 10-minute activity is required before attending the Orientation program or enrolling in courses. It will appear on your To-Do List in your PAWS account. 

  5. Complete Your University Credit Agreement

    Every student must electronically sign the University Credit Agreement. This appears on your To-Do List on your PAWS account and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office

  6. Course Placement 

    Transfer students who do not have transferable courses in math or English need to complete course placement if they hope to register for courses in those subjects. Course placement can be satisfied by submitting your ACT/SAT scores to UWM or completing our free UWM online placement tests in math and English. For those who may need placement testing, options including online placements are available. Learn more about course placement at UWM. 

  7. Monitor PAWS for Your Enrollment Appointment

    In April (for spring admits, November), you’ll receive an enrollment appointment identifying the date and time you can begin registering for classes in PAWS. You must complete your Intent to Enroll and sign your University Credit Agreement before enrolling.

    Your enrollment appointment is not an advising appointment. It’s the date and time PAWS will allow you to hit the enroll button for your classes. We highly recommend scheduling an advising appointment as soon as you’re able. It’s ideal to meet with your academic advisor at least two weeks prior to your enrollment appointment time.

    To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, sign in to Navigate or call the advising office for your school/college at the contact information listed here.

  8. Send in Your Final Transcripts

    If you’re currently enrolled at another college or university, or have just completed your final semester there, be sure to send us your final transcript once your grades have been posted.

    Transcripts can be sent electronically directly from your current college/university to undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope from the institution to:


    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 749
    Milwaukee, WI 53201

  9. Submit Your Photo ID

    All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card. Download the Get Mobile App to upload your photo or directly upload a selfie to the Panther Card Office.  Make sure to complete this at least 48 hours prior to your orientation program. 

  10. Pay Your Tuition and Fees

    After you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. One of those fees is the $150 Orientation Fee (not refundable if you complete Orientation) which covers various costs for campus resources and programs, such as the Fall Welcome programming

    Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office

Transfers Only

Check Your Transfer Credit Evaluation

Your incoming transfer credits are evaluated within two to three weeks of admission. You can see the evaluation on your PAWS account under the My Academics tab.

We strongly recommend you set up an appointment to meet with your advisor to go over the transfer credit evaluation, determine what degree requirements you need to meet, schedule the appropriate classes, and see what your path to graduation is. Your academic advisor is listed on your PAWS account.

Monitor PAWS for Your Enrollment Appointment

In April (for spring admits, November), you’ll receive an enrollment appointment identifying the date and time you can begin registering for classes in PAWS. You must complete your Intent to Enroll and sign your University Credit Agreement before enrolling.

Your enrollment appointment is not an advising appointment; it’s the date and time PAWS will allow you to hit the enroll button for your classes. We highly recommend scheduling an advising appointment as soon as you’re able to. It’s ideal to meet with your academic advisor at least two weeks prior to your enrollment appointment time.

To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, sign in to Navigate.

  1. Check Your Accounts — Often! 

    Your Admissions Portal and PAWS account contain important application and enrollment information. You will receive information about your application and admission status in your Admissions Portal. In PAWS, you have a To-Do List, which lists steps you need to take to enroll. There you will receive information from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices. 

  2. Complete Your Intent to Enroll

    Your Intent to Enroll is a one-question survey in your Admissions Portal. It’s your way to let UWM know if you plan to be a student in the fall. Click on the Intent to Enroll item as it appears in your Admissions Portal and follow the instructions. The priority deadline to complete your Intent to Enroll for Fall is May 1.

  3. Course Placement (only for freshmen)

    Your course placement can be satisfied by either submitting your ACT/SAT scores to UWM or by completing our free UWM online placement tests in math and English. For those who may need placement testing, options including online placements are available. Learn more about course placement at UWM. 

  4. Register for Student Orientation and Complete Pre-Orientation

    Starting in March (October for spring admits), you’ll be invited to register for Orientation one to two days after you’ve completed your Intent to Enroll and course placement step (freshman only). 

    Orientation is a required program for all new students and is a great opportunity to get acclimated to campus, meet fellow UWM Panthers, connect with an advisor and register for classes. You won’t be able to enroll in classes until you complete Orientation. You must register for this program. 

    When you’re eligible to sign up for Orientation, you’ll see it as a To-Do List item on your PAWS account.  

    For more information and to register, visit the New Student Programs website

    Pre-Orientation: Completing this 10-minute activity is required before attending the orientation program. It will appear on your To-Do List in your PAWS account. 

  5. Submit Your ID Photo

    All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card. Download the Get Mobile App to upload your photo or directly upload a selfie to the Panther Card Office.  Make sure to complete this at least 48 hours prior to your orientation program. 

  6. Complete Your University Credit Agreement

    Every student must electronically sign the University Credit Agreement. This appears on your To-Do List on your PAWS account and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office

  7. Send in Your Final Transcripts

    Freshmen: Work with your counselor to send us your final high school transcript once your final grades and graduation date have been posted.

    Transfers: If you’re currently enrolled at another college or university, or have just completed your final semester there, send us your final transcript once your grades have been posted.

    Transcripts can be sent electronically to undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope from the institution to:

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 749
    Milwaukee, WI 53201

  8. Pay Your Tuition and Fees

    After you’ve registered for classes in July, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. One of those fees is the $150 Orientation Fee (not refundable if you complete Orientation), which covers various costs for campus resources and programs.

    Freshmen: You will be asked to pay the $100 New Freshmen Fee, which helps pay for programs, such as Fall Welcome.

    Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office.

  1. Check Your Accounts — Often!

    Monitor PAWS for your enrollment appointment time, which is when you can register for classes. Class schedules post one week before the enrollment period begins. Once open enrollment begins, we do not assign appointments.

    • For courses during UWinteriM, our winter break academic session, check PAWS in mid-October. 
    • For spring, check in mid-November. 
    • For summer, check in late March.  
    • For fall, check in mid-April.

    Check PAWS for holds and items on your to-do list. Before you register for classes, address any outstanding issues. Most students need to complete the university credit agreement hold under the finances section before registering on PAWS. The non-resident tuition hold does not prevent registration.  

  2. Register for Classes

    Register for classes on PAWS. Go to uwm.edu/schedule to see which classes are offered each semester. Use the advanced search function to find online or evening classes. To register for classes, click on “enroll” under the academics section. If your class has prerequisites, you may need to contact the department or professor for permission. If a class is closed or you do not get added from the waitlist, you may be able to ask the professor to add you to the class on the first day. Please bring a registration change form.  

    Planning to take online courses? Explore Canvas, UWM’s web-based learning environment.  

    View the required books for your class at uwm.ecampus.com.  

  3. Submit Your ID Photo

    All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card. Download the Get Mobile App to upload your photo or directly upload a selfie to the Panther Card Office.

  4. Log into Your UWM Email

    Access your UWM email through Microsoft Outlook by going to uwm.edu/o365.  

  5. Learn About Campus Parking and Transportation

    Learn about campus parking and transportation options at uwm.edu/parking. The following services also make commuting easy:  

    • FREE UPARK: Park at our satellite parking lot at Capitol Drive and Humboldt Avenue, and hop on the UPARK bus that drops you off at one of six campus locations. Buses pick up and drop off about every 10 minutes. 
    • FREE U-PASS: Stop in at UWM Parking and Transit, located in the Union, Room WG25, one week before school starts. UWM students get a bus pass for unlimited free rides on Milwaukee’s bus system. You can also use your U-PASS at many park-and-ride locations. Online students are not eligible. 
    • B.O.S.S.: You can call the B.O.S.S. (Be On the Safe Side) transportation service to escort you home after hours if you live within a few miles of campus. Uwm.edu/boss 
    • On Campus permit: Student parking in the Northwest Quad (NWQ) parking garage is $50 per month.  
    • Washington County parking: wsh-park@uwm.edu