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Congratulations! Your UWM journey is just beginning! Here’s what’s next.

Every admitted student needs to take the same steps 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 in to their UWM accounts.

To activate your ePanther ID, visit the UWM Account Activation 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.

Check Admissions Portal & PAWS

After you’ve activated your ePanther ID, there are two UWM accounts you should access and check regularly. 

Admissions Portal 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 counselor.
  • 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 Your UWM Email Account

Soon, you’ll have access to your UWM email account, which you should check regularly for important updates. Your UWM email account is provided through Microsoft Outlook, and your email address is your ePanther ID with @uwm.edu after it. (Example: ppanther@uwm.edu) 

Other To-Do Items

We encourage all admitted students to also do the following:  

Have a Question?

We’re here to help! Don’t hesitate to reach out — someone will get back to you shortly.

When Classes Start

  • First Summer Session 2024: May 28
  • Second Summer Session 2024: June 24
  • Fall 2024: Sept. 3
  • UWinterim 2025: Jan. 2
  • Spring 2025: Jan. 21

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.

If you’re a high school senior or graduate (or equivalent) who’s never previously attended a college or university, you were admitted as a freshman, even if you’ve taken college courses while in high school.
View information for new freshmen
You’re considered a transfer student if you’ve earned or are currently earning college credit after high school. If you once attended UWM but have since enrolled at another institution, you are considered a transfer student.
View information for new transfers
You’re new to UWM and will be attending UWM at Waukesha.
View information for new students at UWM at Waukesha
If you’re a non-degree applicant, you’re interested in taking a few courses but don’t intend to earn a degree from UWM.
View information for non-degree students
You were once enrolled at UWM seeking a degree but haven’t been enrolled for a full academic year. It’s good to see you again. Welcome back!
View information for re-entry students
As a transitioning student, you’re a Panther through and through. You’re just looking to experience life at another UWM campus.
View information for transitioning students