Advising FAQ

Our academic advisors want to make it as easy as possible for you to succeed. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us!

How do I know What Classes to Take?

It depends upon your educational goals, where you want to transfer. If you know where you wish to transfer, we will assist you in selecting courses that directly meet your transfer goals. There are numerous resources available for assistance with this. If you are currently unsure about career or educational plans, we may direct you to our Associate of Arts and Science degree. This degree meets the general educational requirements for all of the University of Wisconsin campuses and is a good safe way to start exploring your options.

How Many Classes Should I Take?

Meeting with an advisor will help in determining how many credits will be right for you. There are many factors to consider, including family, financial, employment obligations. Reduced credit loads are suggested for employed students.

Will my Credits Transfer?

Yes! UWMC is regionally accredited, and credits transfer all over the nation. We are part of the University of Wisconsin system, which is recognized all over the world. We are also connected to the Transfer Information System (TIS) so you can check out exactly how each individual course will transfer within the University of Wisconsin system. If you have questions please see an advisor. We would be delighted to discuss your transfer concerns with you.

What if I Find That I’m having Academic Difficulty?

UWMC has two free resources that offer tremendous assistance to students – the drop-in math tutoring lab in the Academic Resource Center and the Learning Center located in the library. There is also individual peer tutoring available in all subjects through the Academic Support Center. If you begin having difficulty in one or more classes, please visit with an academic advisor or your instructor immediately, before any difficulty you are experiencing becomes unmanageable. There are many available resources and options to make your academic experiences at UWMC successful. Although students may add and drop classes during the first two weeks of classes and drop classes online into the semester, there are definite time frames and deadlines for these changes to occur without impacting a student’s academic record and/or financial aid. 

What if I don’t know what to major in?

UWMC is the perfect place to start exploring your options. You can start with the Associate of Arts and Science degree, and while you are here do career exploration activities. We offer interest inventories, computer assisted searches, and Internet access and we have a Career Resource Center. You can also meet individually with advisors and/or a career counselor to help in your decision making process.

How long is this going to take me?

It depends on how many classes you take each semester, your grades, how well you have planned for your transfer, and how ready you are in making a decision about your college major. Generally 15 or 16 credits every semester will allow a student to complete most programs in 4 years.

What is a credit?

Time in class is measured in credits. For example 3 hours of class each week is generally equal to 3 credits. The amount of credits each class is worth is found in your course schedule and ranges from 1 – 5.

How long should I stay at UWMC?

In most instances you can stay here for two years on a full time basis. There are some majors at some universities where it may be wise to transfer earlier. You can also accelerate your academics by attending Summer school and/or Winterim session.

Will my GPA (Grade point Average) follow me to my next school?

There are some colleges and some majors that are very difficult to get into, and your GPA will be a factor for acceptance into these programs. However, once you transfer, your GPA will usually begin anew.

How much is college going to cost?

Financial aidscholarships, grants and loans can help make the cost easier to manage. For information on what is available, please see our financial aid representative who is located in Student Affairs.

When I transfer will I be a junior or freshman?

Your status as a university student depends on how many credits you have accumulated. Typically it goes as follows for the semester system:

Freshman: 0 – 29
Sophomore: 30 – 59
Junior: 60 – 89
Senior: 90 and above

Do I need a foreign language?

Some universities will expect that you have a foreign language prior to transferring and others will expect you to pick it up before you graduate. Some universities will not require it at all. If you are unsure, contact an advisor.

Who can I contact for assistance?

Student Affairs is a great place to start for a variety of your needs. For an appointment, call 715-261-6235.