FAQ – Students

  • I enjoy the small classes in Waukesha and Washington County. Will they be increasing? How big are classes at UWM?

    Class sizes vary depending upon the course, enrollment and the faculty’s determination of the most appropriate mode of instruction. We do not anticipate an increase in class sizes at any of the three campuses. At UWM at Waukesha, the average class size is currently about 25 students. At UWM at Washington County, it is 24. At UWM, the average class size is 26, and more than 40 percent of our undergraduate classes have 19 or fewer students in them.

  • I was a student at UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County. What school do I go to now?

    You are a student at UWM. You attend one of its branch campuses, which are now known as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Washington County. You could also say you attend UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County.

  • Will professors at UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County lose their jobs because they don’t have tenure?

    There is no plan to lay off professors. A system for faculty governance will be established that provides faculty at the two-year campuses with a voice in determining how tenure will be granted. That system is still being developed.

  • What is going to happen with the athletics programs at UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County?

    Athletics at the branch campuses will use a “club sport” model starting in Fall 2018. Under the club sport proposal, these athletics programs will:

    • Be defined as “club sports” in all institutional documentation.
    • Differ from club sports at UWM in that they may have paid coaches and funding for WCC staff and operations.
    • Be funded with allocable segregated fees.
    • Be referred to as “college athletics” for marketing purposes.
    • Continue to function under the structure and direction of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC).


  • What will be the alumni status for someone who graduates from UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County?

    Students who graduate from UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County will be University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alumni.

  • If I go to school in Waukesha or Washington County, do I have to transfer to the main UWM campus to finish my bachelor’s degree?

    To complete their four-year degree at the main UWM campus during the 2018-19 school year (fall 2018 through summer of 2019), students must follow the same transfer process they previously did, which can be found here.  For 2019-20 and going forward, students who are admitted to and attend the branch campuses will transition to the main campus of UWM using a different process that has yet to be defined. The process will be clarified by the Undergraduate Admissions Office and/or Registrar’s Office. The goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible.

  • How will the restructuring affect services for veterans?

    In the first year, there will be no changes to veterans’ services. UWM has considerable expertise in providing veterans’ services, and those services will transition sometime next year.

  • Will transportation be provided for students traveling among the three campuses to take classes?

    Students will continue to register at just one campus, choosing the one that best fits their needs. As a result, we do not anticipate the need to provide students with transportation between the three campuses.

  • Will I be able to go to Pantherfest and UWM basketball games?

    Yes, students in Waukesha and Washington County will be able to attend Pantherfest and UWM basketball games. These are two of the most popular events supported by UWM student segregated fees.

  • How will student organizations at the two-year campuses be affected by the restructuring?

    Student life is an integral part of the college experience, and funding from student segregated fees at those campuses will continue to support student organizations there.

  • How will student governance be affected by the restructuring?

    Wisconsin law calls for students to determine how they are organized at each campus. Therefore, student governance leaders are being asked to determine how they would like to be organized moving forward. No determination has been made yet.

  • I am a current student working toward meeting the requirements of the Badger Promise program. How will the restructuring affect that?

    Students enrolled at the two-year campuses and already working toward meeting the requirements of the Badger Promise transfer agreement will still be eligible for the transfer, as well as the financial support included in that program.

  • What is going to happen to the guaranteed transfer program?

    The guaranteed transfer programs will continue to be honored through spring 2019. UW System also is working to improve transfer options to all comprehensive and research institutions.

  • Can I still transfer to other UW four-year institutions, or do I have to go to UWM?

    Students in Waukesha and Washington County will still be able to transfer between all UW System institutions, as long as they meet an institution’s admissions requirements.

  • UWM has a lot of food options at its campus. Can we get some of those options at my campus?

    Planning teams are looking at auxiliary services, such as food offerings, to determine the best way to provide quality options at affordable prices. No decisions have been made yet.

  • Will my financial aid be affected by the restructuring of the two-year campuses?

    No changes are expected in the financial aid packages processed and awarded.

  • How will student segregated fees be affected?

    A Student Affairs team, which includes members who are students, is examining the issue of segregated fees at the three campuses. Part of their work has involved a survey of students in Waukesha and Washington County regarding their preferences. No decisions have been made yet.

  • How will my tuition be affected?

    Tuition for the 2018-19 school year will remain unchanged. We know the two-year campuses are important access points for many students, and we are committed to keeping higher education affordable.

  • What support does UWM offer for students who haven’t yet chosen majors? Is it available to all students?

    Academic advisors at all three campuses will work with you on selecting appropriate courses that support your academic exploration and help you identify the best pathway into a major. Along with academic advising, UWM offers career and major exploration fairs, career planning resources and a breadth of general education requirements that will support any major you eventually choose.

  • If I want to take some classes at UWM’s main campus in Milwaukee, will I have that option?

    To enroll at UWM’s main campus, you must be admitted to UWM in a bachelor’s degree program. In the future, some courses may be available to students enrolled at the Waukesha and Washington County campuses, but not at this time.