Panther Academic Welcome



PAW is the official start to every freshman’s Panther experience! This program helps you get acclimated to campus by focusing on three building blocks to student success: relationships, self-advocacy, and well-being. At the end of PAW, you’ll have a better idea of how to manage your time, how to ask for academic support, and have the opportunity to build new friendships! PAW is a long-standing campus tradition—it’s where you’ll participate in the Class Photo and the Coin TossRead more about PAW here! 

Why participate in PAW? 

The online Canvas Course is a requirement. Failure to complete the course will funnel you into an ‘at-risk’ group that receives enhanced communications from campus departments, may be required to meet 1-1 with your academic advisor or Peer Mentor, and may lose the ability to amend your course enrollments in your PAWS account. Why do we require Panther Academic Welcome?  

Students that have participated in PAW perform better in their first semester than their peers. Students who were able to attend PAW in 2019 earned higher Fall semester GPAs, were more likely to finish the semester in good academic standing, and were more likely to return for the Spring semester. PAW makes a difference. Join us this Fall online and in-person. 

As a reminder, PAW is required for all new freshmen. Your guest housing privileges in housing will be revoked unless you attend.

For noise complaints, please contact City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services at 414-286-4280.