New Transfer – Waukesha and Washington County Campuses

I'm starting in the Fall

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.

REQUIRED:

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’ve got a To Do List, which lists steps you need to take care of to get admitted and enrolled; your Financial Aid award, where you accept your grants and loans; Finances, where you pay tuition and fees; and Enrollment, where you register for classes. Access your account at paws.uwm.edu 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.

2. Pay your $150 Confirmation Deposit
This deposit confirms your intent to enroll at UWM. You can pay on your PAWS account by clicking on ‘Make a Payment’ in the Finances section. For other payment options, visit the Bursar’s Office website.

*Please note this deposit is not refundable if you attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) program or fail to cancel your NSO registration at least 10 days before your scheduled program. The deposit will also not be refunded if you enroll in classes.
3. 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 in the spring and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office.
4. Check out your Transfer Credit Evaluation
Your incoming transfer credits are evaluated within two-three weeks of admission. You can see the evaluation on your PAWS account under the “My Academics” tab.

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

5. Monitor PAWS for your enrollment appointment
In April you will receive an enrollment appointment identifying the date and time you can begin registering for classes on PAWS. You must pay your confirmation Deposit and signed your 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 recommend meeting with your Academic Advisor at least two weeks prior to enrollment appointment time. To schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor, call the Advising Office on your campus.

6. Send in your final transcripts
If you are 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 (undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu) or via mail to:

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

7. Submit Your ID Photo

All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card. Skip the inconvenience of having it taken on campus and send us your selfie!

Download the “Get Mobile” App or upload it here: https://uwm.edu/retailservices/use-your-selfie/

8. Pay your tuition fees
In July, and after you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit our Bursar’s Office.

RECOMMENDED:

1. Meet with your Academic Advisor
Your Academic Advisor is one of your best resources on campus. They are here to help you reach your academic goals, graduate on time, and connect you with other campus resources to get the support you need to be successful at UWM.

We recommend meeting with your advisor at least once per semester. As a new student, it’s best to meet with your advisor prior to registering for classes. You can find out who your advisor is here.

2. Review placement test requirements
As a transfer student you may need to complete some placement testing before enrolling in certain courses. UW-Milwaukee requires students to either complete a UW System placement test or have transferrable credit in order to enroll in math or English courses. Placement testing or transferrable credit is also required for anyone wishing to enroll in courses above introductory level for courses in foreign language or chemistry. Check with your academic advisor to determine if you need to complete placement testing.
3. Attend Transfer and Adult Student Orientation (TASO)
TASO is a great way to take care of business prior to starting classes. At TASO, you can familiarize yourself with campus resources, get your ID, and pick your first semester classes. TASO is held through the summer. Register today! 
4. 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 www.fafsa.gov. Our school code is 003896. Do not use the code for the Waukesha or Washington County campuses.

For the 2019-20 year, the FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2018. You will use your 2017 tax information—which you most likely completed months ago. 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.  Still have questions? Please contact the Financial Aid Office for help.

5. Research Scholarship Options
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your education since they’re money you don’t need to pay back. They’re competitive but well worth the effort. Research potential scholarship opportunities at UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County
6. Tour campus...See Milwaukee
Whether you are still considering several schools or you’ve already made your decision to attend UWM, planning a visit is the best way to experience all that your chosen campus has to offer!  UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County.

BONUS POINTS:

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 connect with other future Panthers in your class on the 2019-20 Panthers 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 uwm.edu/careerplan.
3. Find a Student Organization (or two, or three, or…)
Our branch campuses have a variety of student organizations – you’re bound to find one (or several) that interests 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! UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County.

I'm starting in the Spring

Welcome to the Spring semester! While all the steps to enrollment are the same as students who start in Fall, the timeline is a bit different. 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.

REQUIRED:

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’ve got a To Do List, which lists steps you need to take care of to get admitted and enrolled; your Financial Aid award, where you accept your grants and loans; Finances, where you pay tuition and fees; and Enrollment, where you register for classes. Access your account at paws.uwm.edu 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.

2. Pay your $150 Confirmation Deposit
This deposit confirms your intent to enroll at UWM. You can pay on your PAWS account by clicking on ‘Make a Payment’ in the Finances section. For other payment options, visit the Bursar’s Office website.

*Please note this deposit is not refundable if you attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) program or fail to cancel your NSO registration at least 10 days before your scheduled program. The deposit will also not be refunded if you enroll in classes.
3. 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 in the spring and must be signed before you can register for classes. For more information, visit the Bursar’s Office.
4. Check out your Transfer Credit Evaluation
Your incoming transfer credits are evaluated within two-three weeks of admission. You can see the evaluation on your PAWS account under the “My Academics” tab.

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

5. Monitor PAWS for your enrollment appointment
In November you will receive an enrollment appointment identifying the date and time you can begin registering for classes on PAWS. You must pay your confirmation Deposit and signed your 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 recommend meeting with your Academic Advisor at least two weeks prior to enrollment appointment time. To schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor, call the Advising Office in your school/college.

6. Send in your final transcripts
If you are 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 (undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu) or via mail to:

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

7. Submit Your ID Photo

All UWM students are required to have a photo identification card. Skip the inconvenience of having it taken on campus and send us your selfie!

Download the “Get Mobile” App or upload it here: https://uwm.edu/retailservices/use-your-selfie/

8. Pay your tuition fees
In January, and after you’ve registered for classes, tuition and fees will be posted to your account. Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, though installment plans are available. For more information, visit our Bursar’s Office.

RECOMMENDED:

1. Meet with your Academic Advisor
Your Academic Advisor is one of your best resources on campus. They are here to help you reach your academic goals, graduate on time, and connect you with other campus resources to get the support you need to be successful at UWM.

We recommend meeting with your advisor at least once per semester. As a new student, it’s best to meet with your advisor prior to registering for classes. You can find out who your advisor is on your PAWS account.

Schedule your appointment and find other helpful resources for students at our One Stop Student Services website.

2. Determine Living Arrangements
As a transfer student, you have lots of options for housing. You can choose to live on campus in University Housing, reside in the vibrant UWM neighborhood, or commute from home.

If you’re interested in living in one of our residence halls, you’ll have to submit a Housing Contract and pay a $100 pre-payment/deposit. University Housing will send you an email when you are able to access to your online contract via the myHousing portal (about two weeks after you’ve been admitted). When you’re completing your contract, be sure to consider our Living Learning Communities. The priority deadline for Housing Contracts and payments is December 1st.

Looking to rent a place in the neighborhood? Check out our Neighborhood Housing Office! We can help you find quality housing, roommates, and other resources.

If you’re going to commute to campus, learn about transportation options, parking permits, and other commuter student resources.

3. Review placement test requirements
As a transfer student you may need to complete some placement testing before enrolling in certain courses. UW-Milwaukee requires students to either complete a UW System placement test or have transferrable credit in order to enroll in math or English courses. Placement testing or transferrable credit is also required for anyone wishing to enroll in courses above introductory level for courses in foreign language or chemistry. Check with your academic advisor to determine if you need to complete placement testing. More information about placement testing can be found here
4. Attend Transfer and Adult Student Orientation (TASO)
TASO is a great way to take care of business prior to starting classes. At TASO, you can familiarize yourself with campus resources, meet staff and students, get your ID and pick your first semester classes. Register today!.
5. 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 www.fafsa.gov. Our school code is 003896.

For the 2019-20 year, the FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2018. You will use your 2017 tax information—which you most likely completed months ago. 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 on the Financial Aid 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.

6. Research Scholarship Options
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your education since they’re money you don’t need to pay back. They’re competitive but well worth the effort. Research potential scholarship opportunities at UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County.
7. Tour campus...See Milwaukee
Whether you are still considering several schools or you’ve already made your decision to attend UWM, planning a visit is the best way to experience all that your chosen campus has to offer!

BONUS POINTS:

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 connect with other future Panthers in your class on the 2019-20 Panthers Facebook group.

2. Think about getting an on-campus jobUWM 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 yourselfat uwm.edu/careerplan.
3. Find a Student Organization (or two, or three, or…)
Our branch campuses have a variety of student organizations – you’re bound to find one (or several) that interests 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! UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County.