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We believe the power to change your life and your world lies within

Ideas shape society. They spark innovation. They move culture.

And they can come from anywhere at any time. That’s why we’ve designed a university experience for adults that brings people together – because we know the best ideas still remain to be heard. Your time is now. At UW-Milwaukee, we consider you more than a student. You become our partner in shaping the future of society. That is why we’ll connect your inner strengths and talents with renowned faculty and professionals. We want your experience and know-how to enrich our learning. Explore this guidebook. You’ll see UWM’s commitment to adult students on every page. You’re not a niche market to us. Your life is a balancing act, and we’ll give you the tools and resources to keep going and moving forward. You’ll graduate with the right combination of academics and experience to start the next chapter in your life and to start it strong. We believe in the power of your ideas. Make the time for yourself now.

Introduction |

We want you to have everything you need to harness your power.


Time and math are funny things Many adults considering a return to school try out this word problem: “In four years, I’ll be X years old.” You may not like the answer, but don’t let the math get you down! Instead, ask yourself how old you will be in four years if you don’t come back to school. The math doesn’t change, but your life can. And you won’t be alone. Someone just like Darrell Finch may be sitting next to you. He started a degree in education years ago and returned to school later in life to earn a degree in Educational Policy and Community Studies. Off campus, Finch is an educational specialist for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, and the students in his program have a 100 percent high-school graduation rate. He is exactly the kind of adult student we love. We’re so serious about helping our adult students find their way that we have an office devoted exclusively to them and their unique academic needs: the Office of Adult and Returning Student Services, or OARSS. From pre-admission advising to our weeklong welcome and celebration for non-traditional students, OARSS is here to help!



Adult Students

Learn more about other adult students at What are you waiting for – the math to change?

“I’m a returning student in my

fifties and I thought returning to school would be hard. But I eased back into school, took it slow and realized this is not as hard as I thought. I set a goal, and that was to get my bachelor’s degree in education. If you don’t do it, you’ll always say: ‘I wanted to but didn’t really try.’

Darrell Finch, senior in his fifties Education Specialist, Housing Authority City of Milwaukee Major: Educational Policy and Community Studies

works with in Milwaukee’s Highland Homes public-housing community. He is a role model with expectations. “Having a great education, and being around great people at UWM is paying off for me and the families I serve.”

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Darrell has achieved a nearly 100 percent high-school graduation rate among students he


So many options, such limited time. Like thousands of adult students at UWM, you have good reasons for wanting to complete a degree. UWM understands that flexibility is key to you. So is belonging to a real university. Through UWM Online, you’ll experience powerful ideas and be a part of a dynamic community that leads to the fulfillment of lifelong dreams and real results.

Are online and blended courses for me?

In online courses, you will work both independently and with others in the “online classroom.” That’s the choice Dana Bear made when deciding to transfer to UWM: all online courses.

• Do you express yourself well in writing and read with a critical eye?

Fully online courses are designed for students who: • enjoy active and participatory learning. • want to replace travel time with online study. • value the freedom of ‘anytime, any place’ learning.


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Blended courses and programs combine online and in-person courses for a flexible, student-centered experience. A significant portion of the learning activities takes place online. Time spent on instruction that traditionally occurs in the classroom is reduced, but not eliminated. Blended courses are designed for students who: • enjoy a variety of communication modes. • value personal contact in their learning. • appreciate the convenience and flexibility to adapt to individual work and family schedules.

Almost all students who take online and blended courses appreciate the convenience and flexibility to adapt to individual work and family schedules, but they also need to be ready for the challenge. Quiz yourself:

• Are you comfortable working with computers and using the Internet? • Are you good at managing and scheduling your time? • Are you willing to take responsibility for your own learning as well as work collaboratively with your classmates and instructor? You are ready for online or blended learning if you could easily respond “yes” to the questions above. If you are questioning any of your answers, visit online. for more information, including tips for success. You’ll hear success stories from other online students like Dana, who make UWM online and blended courses work for them!

“I didn’t want to go to a

diploma mill like other online universities. Going

to a college with a strong reputation was important to me. Having the online option is really nice to get my work done with a hectic life.

Dana Bear, sophomore at 22 Major: Psychology

UWM Online |

Dana is a 100-percent online student who transferred to UWM after having her daughter and “wanting to create a great future for her.”


“I decided to get my bachelor’s

degree because I still felt like my job skills were missing something. When I attended MATC, they had a transfer agreement. If you have your associate’s degree, you can transfer over as a junior … do two more years and you’re done.


| Transfer

Leonard Carter Senior Major: Information Science and Technology

Leonard would have lost credits at other schools, but most of his courses transferred to UWM. “Basically, it was the course curriculum and cost that helped me choose UWM.”

You may have been down this road before… If you are looking to transfer previously earned credits to UWM, you are not alone. In the fall of 2011, 39 percent of our new adult students had at least some college credit. Maybe it’s been a while since you were last in the classroom. How have things changed? What do you need to do to get back into the swing of things? We have the resources to get you started on your way. Let’s say it again: you are not alone. If it has been a while since you’ve been to school, you might be looking for some one-on-one guidance about the process. Talk to our advisors in the Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS) and get all the help you need. Check out our website at for hours and contact information. We are here to help. And maybe, just maybe, your last experience in college does not reflect your true potential. Take a deep breath. We use a comprehensive admission process for new freshmen and transfer students where we look at your academic past as well as your potential for future success. The key is to be thorough in your application statement. Tell us why your transcripts look like they do, the good and the not-so-good, and be clear about the steps you know you will need to take to succeed at UWM. We will listen.

One of the other big questions before you is how many of those credits will transfer. If you are transferring credits from a University of Wisconsin System school, check out how your courses transfer at at your convenience. Keep in mind, UWM remains the number one transfer destination in the University of Wisconsin System. In fact, we educate more Wisconsin citizens than any other university, including UW-Madison! With more than 180 degree programs and majors, you are sure to find a program that fits your future and makes the most of your past.

Quick Fact:

Transfer | reports that 30 percent of students transfer at some point in their college career! The biggest piece of advice: ask questions. CollegeToolkit suggests you write down all the questions you can about academic differences between your previous school and UWM, plus any student life adjustments you will need to make. Take these questions to the OARSS staff. We’re here to help!


“Don’t think you have to go it

alone. Take advantage of all the resources and assistance that the University provides. My education is 100 percent funded by military benefits.




Quinn Madson, junior at 29 Major: Interdisciplinary Arts & Technology

Quinn has three children and a fiancée; works full time as a lead developer of web and mobile services; subscribes to the “get things done” philosophy.

We’ve got your back! We understand that coming back to school represents a big change and that change can be a little scary! As junior Quinn Madson can tell you, balancing life as a student, employee, spouse and parent is hard work. But UWM has lots of resources to help you achieve both balance and success.

Academic Advisors The university assigns a professional academic advisor to you, even if you are undecided about your major. In some schools and colleges, you may also have a faculty advisor whose area of study aligns with your choice of major. Of course, you always have your OARSS advisor, too, so you are more than covered! You can find the name of your advisor by looking on your PAWS account. See for information on advisors. The Student Success Center (SSC) Located in Bolton Hall, the SSC is your one-stop resource for information about the range of resources available on campus. Starting fall 2011, all incoming transfer and returning adult students will receive a peer mentor or Student Success Advocate (SSA). SSAs make contact with their assigned students before school starts, make at least bi-weekly contact with each student, and serve as a resource and mentor throughout their first year. More information on SSAs and programming for adult students can be located at

Resources |

The LGBT Resource Center provides a safe and welcoming space on campus for LGBT students and their allies. Its mission is to embrace the diversity of the UWM student community, increase awareness and education about LGBT issues, and provide a resource for students and community members who want to learn about and advocate for LGBT issues.


The Life Impact Program was established to assist disadvantaged parents in their efforts to attain a higher education. Program participants may be eligible for renewable scholarships as well as academic, professional and personal support including a life coach. Of the program graduates, 95 percent have reported employment and/or are seeking advanced degrees.

Military Education Benefits Office (MEBO) is dedicated to providing current and past Our

members of the military as well as their qualifying dependents with accurate information and timely processing of their state and federal military educational benefits.

Norris Health Center is your on-campus health resource. The staff at Norris will be your partner in being a healthy student, providing treatment if you are ill or injured, but more important, assisting you in understanding your health needs and in learning to make healthy choices on a daily basis.

Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) provides undergraduate students with a


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variety of academic support services to help them learn, achieve and succeed in college. PASS programs

include supplemental instruction, small group tutoring, walk-in and online tutoring and student groups. The Student Accessibility Center (SAC) works with students with mobility, sensory, communication, mental or learning differences, as well as those with basic health impairments. Students are eligible for services through SAC if they are enrolled in the university and can provide documentation of their disability.

University Housing has saved a place just for you! Kenilworth Square is designed for upperclassmen and adult residents with one- to threebedroom apartments on Milwaukee’s East Side. The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) promotes understanding at UWM of the diversity of women’s lives and experiences, and the role gender plays in everyone’s life. The WRC promotes and supports the health and well-being of women juggling school with other responsibilities, builds partnerships, and advocates for change to create a campus climate that enhances the quality of life for all members of the university community.

“Going back to college was

always a far off dream, a maybe someday dream. But after surviving cancer my life was flipped upside down. It was the advice of a counselor that showed me that Helena is in college at the same time as her older children. “We have been so encouraging to each other.” But her academic success has inspired all five of her children. “They know Mom is ‘going for it’ and they want to be a part of it. Going back to college has changed my whole family for the better.”

I absolutely could and should do this now.

Helena Dulaney, sophomore at 38 Pre-Law Life Impact Student

Quick Fact: The National Survey of Student Engagement knows you know your stuff. “Adult learners are more engaged in classroom-based activities, as they are more likely to come to class prepared, to rewrite papers before submitting them and to more frequently ask questions in class.”

Is it worth it? You bet! At some point, you’re going to ask yourself: “Can I afford to go back to school?” Well, the real question should be: “Can I afford not to?” Sure, college tuition could be one of the largest expenditures you’ll ever make – but it’s also one of the best investments. The typical bachelor’s degree recipient can expect to earn about 66 percent more during a 40-year working life than a high school graduate! Here are the estimated yearly tuition and fee numbers for 2011-12: Wisconsin residents:

$ 8,681

Minnesota residents1: $ 12,334 MSEP2:

$ 12,516


$ 18,012

Books & other class materials

$ 1,000

Applying for Financial Aid




Apply early – March 1 is our priority filing date, but the earlier you file the better, as many funds are limited. Here’s the process: 1. Apply for admission to UWM (see pages 26-27). 2. Apply for financial aid online at (form available January 1), designating UWM as a recipient of your application by using Title IV code 003896. 3. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that confirms the information you listed on the FAFSA. If you provide an email address on your FAFSA, this information will be emailed to you. Review the information for accuracy and keep the SAR for your records. You should receive this information within three weeks of filing. If you don’t, check your status on 4. If we have questions about your financial aid application or need additional information to process your offer, we will contact you via email. Once your eligibility is determined, we will send an email asking you to review the offer via your PAWS account. Please check your email and PAWS account regularly for any “TO DO” items. 5. If you need to make corrections to your SAR, submit the corrections online at using your Department of Education PIN.

23,000 students

were awarded more than $283 million in financial aid in 2010-2011. Scholarships

There are several universitywide scholarships, including the Diversity Academic Achievement Scholarship Program, Illinois Scholar Award and the Outstanding Scholar Award. More than $7.5 million in institutional scholarships were awarded in 20102011. Be sure to check our scholarship listings, along with specific school/college awards as well as an extensive list of scholarship websites at

Military Education Benefits

More than 1,000 military veterans and their dependents attend UWM using a range of federal and state military education benefits. Contact UWM’s Military Education Benefits Office at 414.229.6392 or visit

Financial Aid Office

More than 23,000 students received more than $283 million in financial aid in 2010-2011. Financial Aid specialists are available to help take the challenge out of financing a college education and guide you through the financial aid process. Be sure to check out our website for important details on applying for aid, the types of aid available and additional resources. We are confident you will find UWM very affordable as you compare your out-of-pocket costs with other colleges. Website: Email: Phone: 414.229.4541

Minnesota residents may be eligible for the Wisconsin/Minnesota tuition reciprocity program. An application form and information are available online at, or contact the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office at 651.642.0567 or 1.800.657.3866.


UWM is a participant in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota may qualify for reduced nonresident tuition of $12,516. Minnesota is also a participant; however, students from this state benefit more from the Minnesota reciprocity program. For details and updated information, visit or call the Department of Recruitment and Outreach at 414.229.2222.


On the cover: Carmen Alicea Latus, sophomore at 42 Major: Clinical Social Work Carmen manages a hair salon, is married and has two sons, 23 and 13.

“I decided to attend college when I found myself in a job realizing that hard work alone wouldn’t offer me any more growth options. It was time for me to get educated so that more windows of opportunity would be opened for me. When choosing UWM I had already done my homework with other colleges. At first I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. Then I realized there are different ages of students at the college and I was not the only adult student on campus.

I’m determined. A lot of people don’t believe they can do this, at a certain age. It’s easier to say no than to just go for it. Don’t hesitate if it’s what you truly desire.”

“I want my girls to be proud of me and see that I was able to

get my degree even at my age . . . It’s worth it because I want to be able to give to them the

life I never had growing up.” Corie Miller-Liberacki, senior at 32 Major: Education Minors: Natural science, English

While Bill and Corie are working or in sc and 1 – are in school or attend the UW “which is a relief to u

“I was in a job interview and was actually told, ‘With your experi-

ence, I’d hire you for a manager

UWM’s Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS) has staff specifically dedicated to working with adult students. OARSS advisors will meet with you in person by appointment, or discuss your questions and concerns by phone or email. OARSS advisors understand the issues of adults returning to school – many of them have been there themselves. They will be happy to provide information on UWM’s programs and services, advise you on choosing an academic program, or discuss your prior academic records. UWM offers new adult and transfer students an adult orientation program before the start of each fall and spring semester. You will be invited to orientation after you have been admitted to the University. At orientation, you can prepare for the upcoming semester by picking up a UPASS (a free bus pass good on all Milwaukee County Transit System routes), paying your tuition, buying textbooks, making any necessary changes to your schedule, meeting with financial-aid counselors and having your photo taken for your campus ID.

position if you just had a In addition, you can a campus tour and degree in take anything! ’ Nowadays meet withaacademic The plus eventit is degree isadvisors. a necessity, co-sponsored by OARSS and the Department allows me to change fields to of Recruitment and Outreach. something I really enjoy.

Bill Liberacki, junior at 41 The OARSS office also celebrates National Major: Conservation and NontraditionalEnvironmental Student Week (the first full Science Minor: Geography week in November) with a reception. Each UWM school and college nominates an outstanding adult student to honor at this event. Current and prospective students are invited to attend the open house to network and celebrate the power of being an adult student!

The OARSS office also works with adult students who are interested in returning to school but not necessarily to earn a degree. We offer several special audit programs as well as the opportunity to take enrichment classes as a nondegree student. Contact OARSS by email at or by phone at 414-229-5932.

r in school, their four daughters – 12, 7, 3 he UWM Children’s Center year-round, ef to us,” says Corie.

“If I have a two-hour lecture with a voice-over Powerpoint, I know

how I think and when I do my best thinking. Online classes help make the information sink in because I can push the stop button and come back to a lecture when my whole attention is there.

Gwen Verchota, Online student from Minnesota Graduate program, School of Nursing

Gwen already has a job lined up. She’ll be working for a large healthcare corporation with an online nurse practitioner service—the first of its kind in the U.S.

Get the Most from the Best

As an adult student, you are a savvy consumer. You want a quality education with flexible classroom delivery and the supportive resources that will help you succeed. We are sure we can do that for you here at UWM. Gwen is a perfect example of a working professional who decided to do one of our fully online degrees: a Ph.D. in nursing. See her video at, where she discusses her amazing learning experience. Gwen was supported by her family, loved the broader perspective her Ph.D. peers gave her and thrived in an online learning environment where UWM faculty expanded her thinking and expressed her ideas in a whole new way. Because we are committed to helping you have a similar experience to Gwen’s, we encourage you to work with the Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS).

UWM offers you an orientation program called TASO (Transfer and Adult Student Orientation) before the start of each fall and spring semester. At TASO, you can prepare for the upcoming semester when you pick up a UPASS (bus pass), pay tuition, buy textbooks, change your schedule, complete financial aid loan counseling, and have your student ID photo taken. In addition, you can take a campus tour and meet with academic advisors. This event is co-sponsored by the Student Success Center. The OARSS staff also celebrate National Nontraditional Student week with a reception every year. Each UWM school/college nominates an outstanding adult student to honor at this event. Current and prospective students are invited to attend the open house to network and celebrate the power of being an adult student! Watch for an invitation to this special event!


Advisors in OARSS will meet with you by appointment, in person, or by telephone, email or IM to answer your questions. We will be happy to provide information on UWM’s programs and services, advise you on choosing an academic program, or discuss your prior academic records. By starting your UWM experience with OARSS, we can help you make decisions about

how to get off to a good start through pre-admission advising.

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Academics POWER


it’s 14 schools and colleges (including the Graduate School and the School of Continuing Education) in one university, offering more than 180 programs and majors – and hundreds of career options.



it’s a world-class faculty, deeply engaged in teaching and research.



it’s a campus rich with diversity that values differences – UWM students represent all 50 states and 85 countries; rural, urban and many more communities.



it’s being located in the economic and cultural capital of the state, where UWM opens doors to diverse career connections for every student: employment, internships, mentors, professional organizations and more.

It’s all available to you

at the

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Whatever your passion – cracking the code on

a public health crisis, appearing on stage with legends of the theatre, designing equipment to boost manufacturing production and employment – UWM academic programs immerse you in learning laboratories right here on campus. The City of Milwaukee itself offers ways to reach out and connect within the community via our Institute for Service Learning, giving you access to nontraditional, hands-on classrooms – and free, unlimited masstransportation flexibility in the UPASS. Yes, power can be convenient.

Speaking of convenience: Online classes are available in most majors.

Visit for details and contact info.

Architecture & Urban Planning The School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP) is a designated Center of Excellence and the only accredited architecture school in Wisconsin. It boasts an award-winning research and design faculty with expertise in sustainability, BIM (Building Information Modeling) and generative design, digitally based design, preservation, urban design, real estate, structures, morphologic design, architectural history and theory, architectural programming, law and practice, and design as a response to the physical, cultural and social environment. Travel is essential to seeing the world through a new lens. SARUP is proud to offer an array of studios and research seminars in foreign settings.

Peck School of the Arts The Peck School of the Arts is the only school in the University of Wisconsin System dedicated exclusively to the arts. New and established artists from around the world enroll in its intensive, innovative programs in art and design, dance, film, inter-arts, music and theatre. The Peck School of the Arts presents more than 350 events yearly, including exhibitions, live performances, film screenings and expert lectures. • Art • Art

• Music


• Music


• Dance

• Theatre

• Film

• Theatre


• Inter-Arts

Lubar School of Business In the Lubar School of Business, students work with faculty who are ranked internationally for excellence, and have the opportunity to network with leaders in the Milwaukee business community. The School’s location in the economic heart of the state connects Lubar students to world-class companies through class projects, internships and job placement. Over half a million dollars in scholarships are available to Lubar students each academic year. • Accounting • Finance • Human

Resource Management

• Information

Technology Management

• Marketing • Supply

Chain and Operations Management

tion possible. Programs and diverse internship opportunities in Metro Milwaukee give students an edge in preparing for high-demand careers. Health Care Administration and Informatics • Health

Care Administration

Therapeutic and Human Movement Sciences • Athletic


• Communication

Sciences and Disorders

• Kinesiology • Occupational

Education UWM’s School of Education graduates more educators than any other college or university in the state, and offers students a unique opportunity for an urban experience in more than 200 area schools and community programs. • Teacher


• Interpreter • American



• Community


• Educational


Sign Language

Engineering & Applied Science UWM is one of two public universities in Wisconsin offering engineering degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Students have access to internships and co-ops with leading companies – HarleyDavidson, Rockwell Automation, Briggs & Stratton and GE Healthcare to name a few – plus extraordinary undergraduate research opportunities with internationally recognized faculty. • Applied

Mathematics and Computer Science


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• Civil


• Computer


• Computer


• Electrical


• Industrial


• Materials


• Mechanical


Biomedical Sciences and Diagnostics • Biomedical Sciences (Biomedical Sciences,

Cytotechnology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Technology, Public Health Microbiology, Radiologic Technology)

Information Studies Learn how information is retrieved, organized, manipulated, repackaged and applied across our increasingly digital culture and economy. The Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (BSIST) program immerses students in information science; information architecture; human factors in information seeking and use; information organization, storage and retrieval; and applications of the Internet. The program provides a substantial offering of online courses and encourages students to combine their studies with one of UWM’s minors or certificate programs. It also welcomes incoming transfer students by maximizing transfer credits toward degree completion. Upon graduation, BSIST graduates will be ready for careers in information architecture, database development, systems analysis, web publishing and many other related fields.


Health Sciences The UWM College of Health Sciences offers Wisconsin’s largest number of health-related degree programs. Many of the School’s programs are nationally recognized, having achieved the highest accredita-

Letters & Science The largest of UWM’s schools and colleges incorporates a curriculum that spans all of the areas traditionally included in a liberal arts education: the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences. It’s a place to explore options before declaring a major. A third of the university’s undergraduates earn an L&S degree.

The college prepares students to enter the workforce in a variety of professions with practical knowledge in their field and exceptional skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and communication. L&S offers numerous opportunities for students to enhance their educational experience through first-year seminars, study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, honors courses and service learning. More than 20 certificate programs are open to undergraduates seeking to build on their major with a specialized course of study. Within the 40+ academic programs listed below, there are additional concentrations and interdisciplinary options to explore. • Actuarial


• German

• Africology

• Global

• Anthropology

• History

• Arabic

• International

• Art

(minor only)


Mathematics and Computer Science Physics

Mathematics and

• Atmospheric


• Biochemistry • Biological

• Japanese*

(major under development)

• Jewish


• Journalism,

Advertising, and Media Studies

• Latin


• Chemistry

American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies

• Linguistics • Mathematics

• Chinese* • Committee Interdisciplinary

• Microbiology

• Classics

• Physics

• Communication

• Political

• Comparative


• Portuguese

and Environmental Science

• Psychology

Major (CIM)

• Conservation • Economics • English • Film


• French • Geography • Geosciences


Pre-Professional Programs in: • Chiropractic


• Pharmacy

• Dentistry

• Physician


• Law

• Podiatry

• Medicine

• Veterinary


• Optometry

Nursing UWM boasts the largest nursing program in Wisconsin, combining a strong grounding in humanities and science with clinical experience in more than 130 community health care agencies. The college is nationally known for two community nursing centers providing health care to the underinsured and uninsured.

• Italian

• Applied • Applied


Letters & Science continued

• Philosophy

(minor only)


• Russian • Sociology • Spanish • Urban


• Women’s

With field placements at more than 250 agencies throughout Wisconsin and diverse study-abroad opportunities, students in the social work and criminal justice majors in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare graduate with real-world experience, ready for the workforce or graduate school. • Criminal


• Religious

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare


Find out more

• Social



Our Newest Schools

School of Freshwater Sciences The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences is the only graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater. Only college graduates are admitted to the school’s master’s and doctoral degree programs, but a series of competitive internships and programs can help undergraduate students get their foot in the door. The National Science Foundation Aquatic Biology and Mathematics Program and the Remotely Operated Vehicle Team assign undergrads to research projects that offer stipends, mentorship and access as they prepare for a career dealing with one of the greatest issues of our time: the future of freshwater.

Graduate Studies Your UWM degree is great preparation for any career – and for furthering your studies at the graduate level. UWM offers more than 100 master’s, doctoral and graduate certificate programs in every school, in fields of study from Africology and chemistry to kinesiology and the performing arts. UWM’s two new graduatelevel schools – Freshwater Sciences and Public Health – have been generating a lot of interest nationwide. Both offer unique, highly specific research and academic opportunities to undergraduates as well. For more information visit


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Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health Open only to graduate students, this new school does offer undergraduate electives to prepare students considering a career in the expanding public-health professions. The Healthcare Living Learning Community accepts undergraduates interested in nursing, social work, psychology, health sciences and more. The community combines coursework with hands-on projects and site visits for a closer look at the variables and opportunities that improve and sustain positive health outcomes for many population groups – particularly in an urban context.

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Faculty Outstanding Faculty The 1,400 faculty and instructors at UWM are committed to innovation and discovery in their research and excellence in teaching. They’ve been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Scientific American Mind, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Nature, Discover and other noteworthy publications, and on National Public Radio. Some faculty are known for their innovation and entrepreneurship, which shape the Wisconsin economy. Others are known for advancing scientific discovery in freshwater research, manufacturing engineering, informatics, clinical and educational psychology, geography and urban sustainability. Others inspire artistry. Established artists come to UWM as advanced students, visiting artists and guest instructors from New York, San Francisco, Senegal and beyond to refine their craft. • One

of our history professors is an international expert on the U.S. Census.

• Several

of our physics professors are engaged in an international effort to find evidence of gravitational waves in space, one of Albert Einstein’s greatest predictions.

• Four

of Milwaukee’s five poet laureates were members of the UWM faculty.

• Self-healing

metals (think “Terminator,” without the violence) were first created at UWM by an engineering professor who is an international leader in materials engineering.

• Our

graduate School of Freshwater Sciences boasts worldclass biologists, including one who pioneered knowledge about how tiny aquatic creatures called zooplankton survive.

These examples offer the briefest of introductions to the hundreds of amazing experts undergraduates can learn from and work with at UWM.

Q. S  o with 30,000 students, won’t I be one of hundreds in a classroom? Do TAs teach most of the classes? A. O  ur class sizes are very manageable – your core major classes tend to be around 28-30 students. Lecture halls can be larger but most have smaller group discussion and lab options associated with them, to give them more of a “small class” feel. Speaking of the discussions and labs, those are the main areas that teaching assistants (TAs) work within – classes and lectures are taught by professors, and TAs assist with labs and small discussions. Ninety-five percent of full-time faculty hold the highest possible degree in their discipline. Our TAs are master’s and doctoral students qualified to assist in this capacity.

“The biggest detriment to my long-term

growth was not having a degree. I’ve also noticed the trend where companies are not only looking for the degree, but also being much more critical about a reputa-

more than a piece of paper. My degree has expanded my options and I’m ble source—

much more confident in my abilities to

deliver a quality product to the companies I work for.

Josh Moore , 38 UWM Class of 2010 Business Administration: Management Information Systems

“My career and home life are always busy, but I dedicated time to fit school into my schedule,” says Josh, husband, father of three and IT operations director. “When going back to school, being focused and taking pride in my work are what helped me stay motivated.”

Getting started when you’re finished. Many great career journeys begin with a UWM degree. And just as many students are on a great career path only to discover they are limited in their choices without a college degree. Just ask Josh Moore! When he was growing as a leader in the technology field, a degree was the one missing piece in his portfolio. He wanted the education that would help him better understand the business side and leverage technology to solve business problems. That’s what he got here at UWM. You know graduation isn’t the end; it’s a beginning. And it’s not the end of your connection to UWM. You can continue to call on campus resources for help after you have your new diploma. The Career Development Center is available to UWM students and alumni. The CDC staff can help you navigate the career planning process; match your interests, values, skills and personality to potential careers; develop resumes, interviewing skills and salary negotiation strategies; and identify graduate school or internship programs that will take your education to the next level.

Since 2006, Alumni Career Services has helped hundreds of alumni manage their careers through career counseling and programs. Alumni Career Services is here to assist you at every stage of your career from your first job out of college through retirement. We even help employers reach and recruit UWM’s best and brightest experienced alumni. Will it be worth it all in the end? Yes, literally! Year after year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the more education you have, the more earning power you get.

Quick Fact: Every year,

the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers data that indicates the more education you earn, the more earning power you get! Their research also shows that the more educated you are, the less likely you are to be unemployed.

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As a UWM graduate, you will automatically become a member of the Alumni Association, a dues free organization that strives to connect alumni to the university and each other. This organization dates

back to 1904 when the alumni of the university’s initial predecessor, the Milwaukee Normal School, began holding regular meetings. Stay connected to the growing network of nearly 130,000 UWM graduates worldwide! See


Time to begin Degree-seeking students UWM is committed to both excellence and access. In considering applicants for admission to degree programs, we look for evidence of solid academic preparation and the potential for further intellectual development. Each application is given a comprehensive review, with all relevant factors considered. If you have been an exceptionally strong student, you’ll find plenty of company here, with lots of opportunities for academic challenge. But, in fact, we admit students with a fairly wide range of academic preparation. The key question is, do you demonstrate the potential for academic success here at UWM? To help determine this, we look at a number of factors.


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High school graduation (or the equivalent) is required for admission. Believe it or not, we will need a copy of your high school transcript! We carefully consider your academic preparation, as evidenced by your pattern of coursework, grades in specific courses and other information gleaned from your high school transcript as well as transcripts from any other college or university you have attended. You may also want to send us your ACT/SAT scores, though these are not required for applicants age 21 or above.

We will also consider any other relevant information you provide that helps us get a more complete picture of who you are. We get most of this information from the application form, so be sure to fill it out completely, including sections eight and nine. Some programs have more stringent academic requirements than others. Go to Click on “Academics� to look up the school or college that houses your major and to get complete information. Deadlines for degree programs Applications are accepted beginning Sept. 15 for the next fall semester. For most programs, applications are accepted until July 1 for fall (Dec. 1 for the spring term), or until enrollment capacity has been reached, whichever comes first. However, some programs have much earlier deadlines. Students interested in architecture, art (visual art) or nursing should apply by Jan. 1 for fall (Nov. 1 for spring). For more information on the application process, visit our website at Click on Admission.

How to apply to UWM

Nondegree students

Here’s the process in a nutshell: 1 Complete, sign and submit the UW System Application available online at 2 Pay the required application fee. 3 You may send your ACT/SAT scores, too. 4 Submit official transcripts to: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Department of Enrollment Services P.O. Box 749 Milwaukee, WI 53201-0749

Apply as a Nondegree Student if you would like to take credited classes for the “university experience.” Many adult students begin this way.

That’s it! After your file has been reviewed, you will be notified of your admission status. Usually this takes no more than four weeks, but it may take longer at certain times of the year. Electronic applications ( are STRONGLY encouraged. Help is available with that process at 1-800-442-6459. If you are not able to apply online, please contact the OARSS Office at 414-229-5932 for other options.

To qualify for admission, you must have graduated from a recognized high school at least one year prior to the desired semester of enrollment. A GED or HSED is perfectly fine, too! We also ask that you be in good academic standing with any post highschool work you have done. In most cases, we won’t need your transcripts, but we’ll let you know if they’d be helpful in assessing your admissibility to UWM. Like degree-seeking students, you are encouraged to complete the online application at apply. rather than use the paper form. If using the online form is not possible, you may request that materials be sent to you by contacting OARSS at 414-229-5932. We also recommend that you view UWM’s course selection online at before you make your admission decision. There is NO application fee to apply as a nondegree student, but nondegree students are NOT eligible for financial aid in most circumstances.

Campus resources UWM is committed to helping you find your path and your place. Again, we encourage you to make the Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS) your first stop. HOW TO CONTACT OARSS Schedule an appointment: 414-229-5932 Email us: Website: Virtual tour of campus: Visit us on campus: 2442 E. Kenwood Blvd. Mellencamp Hall, Room 212 Our mailing address is: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee OARSS P.O. Box 749 Milwaukee, WI 53201-0749


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Adult Guidebook 2012-13

UWM Adult Guidebook, 2012  
UWM Adult Guidebook, 2012  

Explore this guidebook. You’ll see UWM’s commitment to adult students on every page. You’re not a niche market to us. Your life is a balanci...