The following checklist items are broken down into three categories: RequiredRecommended and Bonus Points. Required are your must do steps – you won’t be able to enroll in classes without completing themRecommended items are steps that our most successful students complete. Finally, Bonus Points are steps that will be helpful to your transition to UWM, but will not have any direct bearing on your enrollment.


1. Check your PAWS Account - Often!
Your PAWS account is your connection to important information about your application and enrollment at UWM. On PAWS, you have a To Do List, which lists steps you need to take care of to get admitted and enrolled, and also any items the Financial Aid Office may have requested after receiving your FAFSA results. Access your account at and check it often for updates! 

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

We should add a line. If you do not know your UWM campus ID # to activate please contact us at so we can share that with you.

2. Complete your “Intent to Enroll” To Do list item
This quick 2-minute survey in your PAWS account is your way to let UWM know if you plan to be a student in the fall. Just click on the To Do list item and follow the instructions. Complete this step prior to our May 1 priority deadline.

3. Determine Living Arrangements
New full-time freshmen are required to live on campus the 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 meeting up with your professor in the lounge after class, 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. You’ll be able to submit your Contract through this website.

After submitting your Contract, you will be billed for your $100 Housing Prepayment/Deposit. Be sure to pay this deposit in PAWS to secure your spot in University Housing.

Living off campus

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 will help you meet other students, show you around campus, and assist 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 Housing paperwork is May 1stFor more information, visit University Housing online.

4. Course Placement
At UWM, placement testing isn’t required of everyone because a number of factors are considered when determining course placement. If you submit your ACT/SAT score to UWM, you will not need to do any placement testing as we will use those scores and other data from your application to place you in your courses. For those who may need placement testing, options will be available in the spring and summer.
5. Register for New Student Orientation

Starting in March, 1-2 days after you’ve paid your confirmation deposit, completed Course Placement and your housing steps, you’ll be invited to register for Orientation.

Orientation is a virtual program required for all New Freshmen and is a great opportunity to become more acclimated with campus resources, meet your fellow Panthers, meet with an advisor, and register for classes. If you are ready to sign up for Orientation, you’ll see it as a To Do List item on your PAWS account. You will not be able to register for classes until you attend all parts of the virtual Orientation experience.

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

6. Complete Pre-Orientation

This 15-20 minute activity is required to complete before attending your Orientation program. Just click on the To Do list item and follow the instructions.

7. Submit Your ID Photo

All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card.

Download the “Get Mobile” App or upload it here:[Make sure to complete this at least 48 hours prior to your Orientation program.]

8. Complete your University Credit Agreement
Every student must electronically sign the University Credit Agreement. This will appear 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.
9. Send in your Final High School Transcripts
Be sure to work with your counselor to send us your final transcript once your final grades and graduation date have been posted. Transcripts can be sent electronically at or mailed to:

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

10. 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 is the $150 Orientation fee and $100 New Freshman Fee which cover various costs for campus resources such as your Orientation, campus ID and Fall Welcome programming.

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

11. Attend Panther Academic Welcome (PAW)
PAW is a virtual program (with some optional, socially distant in-person programs) when you’ll get acclimated to academic expectations of UWM and learn more about how to succeed in college. Make sure to block this day on your schedule as it’s required for all new freshmen.


1. Tour Campus
The health and safety of our students and guests is our top priority. Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases nationally and locally, we are responding to updated regulations by temporarily returning to virtual tours and events.  We offer a rich array of virtual tour and visit offerings for everyone to learn more about our amazing campus and university and see why we are #PantherProud! Check out all of our visit options at
2. Plan to Attend an Admitted Student Day
Admitted Student Day is a virtual program where we will help you finalize your decision to make UWM your new home. Take the opportunity to connect with other future Panthers, learn more about campus support offices and hear from current students about why they love UWM. Visit for more information.

Missed Admitted Student Day? You can sign up for a virtual campus tour at any time: for more visit opportunities.

3. Consider Financial Options and Complete FAFSA
College is an investment – well worth it, but many students need help with the costs. To apply for financial aid, including grants (gift money you don’t have to pay back) and loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA. File this online at Our school code is 003896.

For the 2021-22 year, the FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2020. You will use your 2019 tax information. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your tax information makes completing the FAFSA easier than ever. However, to make sure the process is secure, you won’t see the information that is imported. Apply as soon as possible to be given maximum consideration for funds that may be limited. The Financial Aid Office will use the results of your FAFSA to determine what kind of aid you’re eligible to receive, and notify you via email once we put together an award package for you. Having this information earlier should help you make important decisions about how to pay for college, building a budget, and determining housing options.

We also have lots of great information under the Finances section of the One Stop website! Learn about the different types of financial aid, how to apply, and read important announcements. Make sure to check out our cool budgeting tool, the UWM Total Cost Estimator. Still have questions? Please contact the Financial Aid Office for help.

4. Research Scholarship Options
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your education—you don’t have to pay any money back! Scholarships are competitive but well worth the effort. Research potential scholarship opportunities at
5. Consider Joining a Living Learning Community
You already know that living on campus has academic and social benefits, but imagine living with people who share the same interests! Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are a “community within a community,” grouping students together in the residence hall based on a common interest (and usually a class) – like the Arts, community service, or Health Professions. LLC students share an immediate connection with one another, creating a supportive community that, statistically speaking, results in higher GPAs and higher graduation rates than their peers.

Check out all the LLC Choices.

To sign up for an LLC, simply indicate which LLC you’re interested in when completing your contract. Note that all LLC choices must be made by June 1st.

Not living on campus? Don’t worry – we also offer a variety of Learning Communities geared to enhance your success your first year here. With a variety of styles and subject matter, you can connect with peers and better prepare yourself for the rigors of college.

6. Submit AP/IB Scores IEP or any college work
If you have AP/CLEP scores please submit them at least 2 weeks before your New Student Orientation session. They can be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions email:


1. Connect with UWM and Fellow Students on Social Media
Connect with other future Panthers by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, don’t forget to follow our Tour Guides, and connect with other future Panthers in your class on the Class of 2025 Facebook group.
2. Think About Getting an On-Campus Job
UWM is committed to professional development of our student workers, so an on-campus job is more than just money in your pocket, it’s a chance to learn and grow as a young professional. Plus, many offer flexible hours and are easy to get to in between classes. While you can’t start working until you’re officially a student, check out what kinds of jobs are out there and prepare yourself at
3. Find a Student Organization (or two, or three, or…)
UWM has over 300 student organizations on campus! You’re bound to find one (or several) that interest you. Whether you’ve been participating in an activity for years and want to keep it up or you’re looking to venture out and try something new, our student orgs are a great way to get involved!