Special Programs

At UWM at Waukesha, we offer a number of special academic programs to support and supplement our curriculum and co-curricular offerings.

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Program helps students transition to college by offering classroom opportunities that maximize academic success, building positive relationships among faculty, staff and students; and providing campus-wide resources tailored to first-year students.   

The centerpiece of our First-Year Experience Program is LEC 100, our one-credit, first-year courses that focus on the skills students need for academic and career success. LEC 100 not only helps students in their transition to college, but it also counts towards their associate degree. 

Honors Program

For those very motivated individuals who strive for academic excellence we offer our honors program.  The UWM at Waukesha honors program creates opportunities for high achievers to broaden their college experience through close personal connections with professors, specialized honors classes, and unique opportunities for research and leadership.


UWM at Waukesha provide internship opportunities for students at local area businesses. Students have the opportunity to gain career related experience and on-the-job training through this program.

Service Learning

Service learning means using what you learn in the classroom to find solutions to real-life problems in your community. Though service learning, you not only learn the practical applications of your studies, you become an engaged citizen and community member. In that way, service learning helps both you and the community.

In and out of the classroom, UWM at Waukesha faculty and staff strive to prepare students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and community leaders. For example, our LEC 100 course includes a service learning component, where students participate in out-of-class activities to learn the real-world value of the classes they are taking. 

Student Research Symposium

UWM at Waukesha's Student Research Symposium is a unique multi-disciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to work on an original research project with a faculty member at an unusually early stage of their academic careers. Students with an interest in being creators, and not simply consumers of information, work with a faculty member to identify either a question or problem to be investigated or a hypothesis to be tested and then work collaborately to seek those answers.

Washington Seminar

Interested in learning how our government works? Consider the Washington Seminar, a 3-week summer program that meets May 28-June 15, 2019. This unique course (now in its fourth year) provides an up-close and personal view of the workings of government in Madison, WI & Washington, D.C. with access to congressional and executive leaders, lobbyists and other policy-influencers. Space is limited and deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2019. Students will earn 3 college credits which are easily transferable throughout the UW System. UWM at Waukesha has partnered with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service to present this opportunity. 
See flyer and Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service website for application and details.

Youth Options

The Youth Options Program presents exciting educational options for eligible Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors. By meeting some general requirements and following specific guidelines, you may be able to take university-level courses at UWM at Waukesha, earning both high school and college credit. What’s more, you do not have to pay for a course if your school board determines the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. All public high schools participate in the Youth Options Program. And so, all juniors and seniors who meet the program requirements are eligible.