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Congratulations! Your UWM journey is just beginning! As one of our admitted students, learn what you need to do to become an official UWM Panther.

  • Activate and monitor your PAWS account: It’s your home base to see which steps still need to be completed, how to accept your financial aid, pay tuition and fees, and enroll in classes.
  • Check your UWM email account regularly for important updates: After you complete your Intent to Enroll, you’ll soon have access to your UWM email account.

Other steps all admitted students are strongly encouraged to take include:

All admitted students can benefit from connecting with UWM and fellow students on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), exploring options for campus employment and finding a student organization to join.

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 correct checklist based on your student status.

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  1. Check Your PAWS Account — Often!

    Your PAWS account is your connection to important application and enrollment information. On PAWS, you have a To-Do List, which lists steps you need to take in order to be admitted and enrolled. There may also be items requested by the Financial Aid Office after receiving your FAFSA results. Access your PAWS account and check it often for updates!

    Never been on PAWS? First, activate your ePanther ID and create a password. You’ll use this login for PAWS, your UWM email (assigned before New Student Orientation) and all other online UWM resources.

    If you don’t know your UWM Campus ID, please contact us at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu so we can share it with you.

  2. Complete Your Intent to Enroll

    Your Intent to Enroll is a two-minute survey in your PAWS account. 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 on your To-Do List and follow the instructions. Complete your Intent to Enroll before the May 1 priority deadline (for spring admits, December 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 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 either submitting your ACT/SAT scores to UWM or completing our free UWM online placements in math and English. For those who may need placement testing, options including online placements are available at this website: Learn more about course placement at UWM.

  5. Register for Student Orientation and Complete Pre-Orientation

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

    Student Orientation is a required virtual program for all new freshmen and is a great opportunity to get more acclimated to campus, meet your fellow UWM Panthers, chat with an advisor and enroll in classes.

    If you’re eligible to sign up for orientation, you’ll see it as a To-Do List item on your PAWS account. You won’t be able to register for classes until you attend all parts of the virtual orientation experience.

    For more information and to register, visit New Student Orientation.

    Pre-Orientation: Completing this 15- to 20-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 in July, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. Two of those fees are the $150 Orientation Fee and the $100 New Freshman Fee, both of which cover 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.

  10. Attend Panther Academic Welcome

    Panther Academic Welcome (PAW) is a virtual program (with some optional, socially distanced in-person programs) 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 PAWS Account — Often!

    Your PAWS account is your connection to important application and enrollment information. On PAWS, you have a To Do list, which lists steps you need to take in order to be admitted and enrolled. There may also be items requested by the Financial Aid Office after receiving your FAFSA results. Access your PAWS account and check it often for updates!

    Never been on PAWS? First, activate your ePanther ID and create a password. You’ll use this login for PAWS, your UWM email (assigned before New Student Orientation) and all other online UWM resources.

    If you don’t know your UWM Campus ID, please contact us at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu so we can share it with you.

  2. Complete Your Intent to Enroll

    Your Intent to Enroll is a two-minute survey in your PAWS account. 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 on your To Do list in PAWS and follow the instructions. Complete your Intent to Enroll before the May 1 priority deadline (for spring admits, December 1).

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

    Transfer and Adult Student Orientation (TASO) is a required virtual program to help you become familiar with supportive campus resources and provide an opportunity to virtually meet other transfer and adult students.

    The required Canvas course can be completed right away. The optional additional programming is available in the summer.

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

    Pre-Orientation: Completing this 15- to 20-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.

  4. Complete Your University Credit Agreement

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Pay Your Tuition and Fees

    In July (for spring admits, January) and after you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. One of those fees is the $150 Orientation Fee, which covers various costs for campus resources and programs.

    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 PAWS Account — Often!

    Your PAWS account is your connection to important application and enrollment information. On PAWS, you have a To-Do List, which lists steps you need to take in order to be admitted and enrolled. There may also be items requested by the Financial Aid Office after receiving your FAFSA results. Access your PAWS account and check it often for updates!

    Never been on PAWS? First, activate your ePanther ID and create a password. You’ll use this login for PAWS, your UWM email (assigned before New Student Orientation) and all other online UWM resources.

    If you don’t know your UWM Campus ID, please contact us at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu so we can share it with you.

  2. Complete Your Intent to Enroll

    Your Intent to Enroll is a two-minute survey in your PAWS account. 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 on your To-Do List and follow the instructions. Complete your Intent to Enroll before the May 1 priority deadline (for spring admits, December 1).

  3. Course Placement (only for freshmen)

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

  4. Register for Student Orientation and Complete Pre-Orientation

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

    Student Orientation is a required virtual program for all new students and is a great opportunity to get more acclimated to campus, meet your fellow UWM Panthers, chat with an advisor and register for classes. You won’t be able to register for classes until you attend all parts of the virtual orientation experience.

    If you’re eligible to sign up for orientation, you’ll see it as a To-Do List item on your PAWS account. You won’t be able to register for classes until you attend all parts of the virtual orientation experience.

    For more information and to register, visit New Student Orientation.

    Pre-Orientation: Completing this 15- to 20-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.

  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 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, 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 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.