UWM: Open House offers something for everyone

MILWAUKEE —The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s annual Open House on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30, in the UWM Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., showcases the academic majors available in UWM’s 10 schools and colleges that admit undergraduate students, and the career choices associated with them.

Open House hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. No advance registration is required. Check-in and registration take place on the ground level of the Union throughout the two days of Open House.

Participants can take part in hands-on displays, speak with advisors from each school and college, take tours of campus and individual buildings or ride a trolley bus through the neighborhoods that surround UWM and along Lake Michigan.

Prospective students and their families also can learn about student life, housing opportunities, the enrollment process and all-important financial aid and scholarships. Current UWM students and advisors will be on hand throughout the Open House.

The support services and organizations that provide networking and advice for new UWM students also will be represented. For example, UWM’s First Year Center, African American Student Academic Services, Roberto Hernández Center, American Indian Student Services and Southeast Asian-American Student Services will offer displays featuring student activities and successful alumni, as well as other exhibits.

In 2009, the UWM Open House drew more than 3,800 participants to campus. In its 15-year history, more than 49,000 prospective students and family members have participated.

“The UWM Open House is our largest and most impressive outreach program of the year, and the only one of its kind in the state of Wisconsin,” says Janis Ford, executive director of the Department of Recruitment and Outreach. “It also is the recruitment program that has the most impact on a student’s decision to attend the university. There is no other program offered that allows college bound students and their families the opportunity to explore UWM in such a comprehensive, interactive and fun way.”

“In any given year, more than half of all the students who attend the Open House and are eligible to enroll ultimately make UWM their destination campus.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://www.openhouse.uwm.edu or call 414-229-2222

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(CONTACT: Digital photos from 2009 Open House, Beth Stafford, [email protected])