UWM Open House offers something for everyone

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee annual Open House on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, showcases the entire university, and is a great way to see all that UWM has to offer.

Open House hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. No advance registration is required, though students can pre-register to save time the day of the event by visiting openhouseprereg.uwm.edu . Check-in and registration take place on the ground level of the Union throughout the two days of the Open House.

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

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

Support services and organizations that provide networking and advice for new UWM students also will be represented. For example, UWM’s Student Success Center, African American Student Academic Services, Roberto Hernandez 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.

“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, director of the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. “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,“ Ford adds, “more than half of all the students who attend the Open House, and are eligible to enroll, ultimately make UWM their destination campus.”

The grand total for attendance during the history of the Open House now is 56,540. Guest totals for 2011 numbered 3,620 visitors.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.openhouse.uwm.edu or call 414.229-2222