Student FAQ

I am a current student at UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County. Will I still be able to take classes at my campus?

Yes. Some course names may change to align with those at UWM, but you will still have access to the same course and program offerings. One of our future goals is to offer more courses at the Waukesha and West Bend campuses in partnership with UWM.

What school will I be going to after July 1? What will its name be?

You will be a student at UWM. There are several options being discussed for names of the two-year campuses, such as University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Waukesha or University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Waukesha campus. For UW-Washington County, there is discussion about whether the location be referred to as Washington County or West Bend. For example, that campus could be University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Washington County campus or University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, West Bend campus.

Will I have to travel to Milwaukee for classes?

No, you’ll take classes at the campus you applied to, Waukesha or Washington County.

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 you, but not at this time.

I chose UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County in part because I wasn’t ready to choose a major. Will I need to choose one after July 1? What support does UWM offer for students who haven’t yet chosen majors?

No, you do not need to pick a major as part of the restructuring. Academic advisors 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.

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.

How will student segregated fees be affected?

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

Will my financial aid be affected?

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

What will happen to my professors? Will they lose their jobs because they don’t have tenure?

There is no plan to lay off professors. Planning for restructuring includes establishing a system for faculty governance that provides faculty at the two-year campuses with a voice in determining how tenure will be granted. That planning is still in progress.

Will I still have access to tutoring and support services after July 1? Will UWM add support services at my campus?

Yes, academic tutoring and other support services will continue to be available to you. No additional resources have been identified at this time, but conversations will continue throughout the next year to determine what support is needed.

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.

I enjoy the small classes at UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County. Will class sizes increase after my campus joins UWM? How big are classes as UWM?

Class sizes vary depending upon the course, enrollment and the faculty’s determination of the most appropriate mode of instruction. That said, we do not anticipate an increase in class sizes at any of the three campuses. At UW-Waukesha, the average class size is currently about 25 students. At UW-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.

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

Students will still be able to transfer between all UW System institutions, as long as they meet an institution’s admissions requirements. One of the major goals of this proposal is to make transferring credits within the UW System easier.

What is going to happen to the guaranteed transfer program?

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

If my campus is part of UWM after July 1, do I actually have to transfer to UWM for a bachelor’s degree? Or am I already admitted?

If you would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UWM, an application and academic materials will need to be submitted for review. The exact application process will be determined by Sept. 15, 2018.

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

Any student currently enrolled at UW Colleges 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 with the athletics programs at UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County?

There is a proposal for athletics at the branch campuses to use a “club sport” model starting in Fall 2018. Under that proposal, athletics at the Waukesha and Washington County campuses would:

  • 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).

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.

How will student organizations at the two-year institutions 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 after the transition.

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.

What will happen to collaborative programs between two-year campuses and UW institutions that are not being integrated under the proposal?

Successful collaborative partnerships and programs should continue, regardless of whether a UW institution and a two-year campus are affiliated post-restructuring. We will continue to encourage and build upon innovative programs that enable student success.