Summer Bridge Programs

The UW–Milwaukee Summer Bridge Programs seek to bridge the gap between high school and college through academic coursework, enrichment activities, and the opportunity to build relationships and network with students, faculty and staff. Students who are eligible for the Summer Bridge Programs will be contacted in the spring via mail.


Panther Math Prep

Sponsored by Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) - 414-229-3726, Bolton Hall 180
What is Panther Math Prep?
Panther Math Prep is a summer program designed to help incoming first year students retake the placement test and place into a higher level math course. Students review the material either on campus or online and retake the placement test. The better of the two placement test results will be used for placement into the student’s fall math course. Panther Math Prep is NOT a required course. It is offered as a service to help our students place into a higher level math course.

Why participate in Panther Math Prep?

If the results of your original placement test placed you in a non-credit math course, you will be required to take one or two extra math courses which will not count as credit towards your college graduation. If you can pass into a college credit mathematics course, you will earn college credit immediately, be able to take other courses earlier that require college algebra, and progress faster towards graduation. You will also save tuition costs of a 3-credit course.

When is Panther Math Prep?

The On-Campus Panther Math Prep option is held on:

  • July 6 - July 29, 2015 (Mon/Wed) from 9am-Noon
  • July 7 - July 30, 2015 (Tue/Thurs) from 9am-Noon

The Online Panther Math Prep option is held on:

  • June 29 - July 30, 2015 (computer-based)
  • July 6 - August 6, 2015 (online modules)

How does the program work?
Panther Math Prep is offered with two options: on-campus classroom sessions or an online option

On-Campus option:

  • Students use a computer-based program to review mathematics. The instructor also teaches the students to master math concepts, prepare for the structure of the exam, and improve their test taking skills. Students either attend on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9am-noon. Students complete the course through an online computer-based system called ALEKS. This is a great opportunity to get to know the campus and an instructor prior to your arrival. Space is limited to 36 students per class. The registration deadline is June 26, 2015. The retest date is Friday, July 31.

Online option is offered at two different start dates with different online approaches:

  • Option 1: June 29 - July 30, 2015. Students who register for the online portion can complete the course through an online computer-based system called ALEKS. The instructor will monitor coursework and communicate weekly with the students. Tutors will provide online assistance. The registration deadline is June 26, 2015. The retest date is Friday, July 31.
  • Option 2: July 6 -August 6, 2015. In this option, students will view teacher-led online modules, and complete practice problems in an online format. Students will complete two modules per week. Tutors will work with students online. The registration deadline is July 1, 2015. The retest date is Friday, August 7.

How much does Panther Math Prep cost?
The cost is $25 for each student which will cover the cost for the Panther Math Prep online computer program, teaching, and tutoring. The fee will be posted on the student’ s UWM PAWS account and due at the beginning of the Fall semester. There is no charge to retake the math placement test.

How do I sign up?
If you are an incoming first year student who received a Panther Math Prep invitation letter, you are eligible to attend this program. You can sign up and learn more at Panther Math Prep Sign-Up Here

Please Note: If registering for the 5-week (computer-based) online session, you will be added to D2L and receive your ALEKS log in information within 1-2 business days.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Feel free to contact the Panther Academic Support Services main office at or by calling 414-229-3726.

What if I just want to sign up to take the test again and choose not take Panther Math Prep program? What if I have questions about calculators or other locations?
Please contact the Testing Center, (or 414-229-2210) if you have questions about your retest options or need accommodations. Directions on how to register for the retest for Panther Math Prep participants will be provided at the orientation session.

Can I get tutoring assistance while in the program?
Yes, we recommend you participate in our tutoring services. Our PASS tutors are available on the First Floor of the Library East wing or online throughout the duration of the program. Details will be available at your orientation session. Summer tutor information is at

How can I prepare on my own?
If you are unable to be involved in the Panther Math Prep program, before retaking your placement test, we highly recommend that you review the arithmetic, algebra, and geometry you studied in high school. Listed below are some good review options:

  1. Practice Test:
  2. Look at materials designed for the mathematics portion of the ACT. There are often books at your school or local library. You can also go online to:
  3. Shortly before you retake the placement exam, access the following websites for sample tests and review activities: and
  4. The UWM Bookstore sells and ships the Math Placement Review Study Guide(revised) by G. Andries at:
  5. Make use of free review products such as
  6. Look at “Helpful Study Strategies” at

Academic Opportunity Center (AOC)

The Academic Opportunity Center (AOC) Summer Bridge Program provides students with their transition from high school to college. During the four weeks (July 6 - 31) students are provided with intensive instruction, advising, and opportunities to develop a network of relationships on campus that are essential to their success in the first year of college. Every day students will have intensive instruction in Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Educational Psychology (Study Skills). Students participating in the Bridge program were identified at the time they made application to UWM. There is a one-time cost of $55 to participate. Housing will be available for students who live outside of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area at a cost determined by the Housing Office. In addition to the instruction and academic advising, students will be able to meet other students participating in similar programs on campus in order that they can make those social/cultural connections early and develop relationships with each other in and outside the classroom. 

Click Here for the brochure
For Information visit the AOC Website
Or Contact:

John Dorosz
Assistant Director
Mitchell Hall 177

Dr. Ruth B. Russell
Mitchell Hall 173

Dr. Karen Baker
Assistant Director
Mitchell Hall 195C

Student Support Services (SSS)

The SSS Bridge program helps students better understand their changing financial responsibilities, become familiar with the services, resources and staff of UWM and improve Math and Reading skills. Bridge provides an excellent opportunity for students to get to know their SSS advisor, become familiar with the UWM campus and to get to know other incoming freshmen. While the Bridge program is not required of SSS participants, it is very strongly encouraged.The SSS Bridge program is free.There is an optional residential component for students who wish or need to live on campus, though there is a fee for the residential component.

For more information, visit the SSS Website

UWM’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.We provide academic support to new freshmen who meet at least one of three eligibility requirements:

1. First generation college student

2. Household taxable income and family size is below limits

3. Student has a documented disability.

To see if a student is eligible a parent or legal guardian must complete an SSS eligibility form available here. Eligible students are given the option of joining SSS if they so desire with the permission of the school/college that admitted him/her to UWM.


Dan Patnode
Mitchell Hall 135B

UR@UWM Summer Research Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015.
The Office of Undergraduate Research will be inviting a small group of incoming students to campus for four weeks during the summer (July 6 - August 31) to engage in cutting edge research with leading UWM faculty. This competitive program will pair each student with a researcher on campus, and provide room and board in the Sandburg residence halls, as well as a $1000 stipend. Students will spend 25-35 hours a week in their research mentors' lab settings, as well as meet twice weekly with the other summer researchers for a seminar that introduces them to the culture of university research. There will also be social activities to help make valuable connections and become familiar with the UWM environment.

A list of projects and applications are available here:  Click Here

Office Contact information
Kyla Esguerra,
Associate Director
Office of Undergraduate Research
Bolton Hall 192, Ph. (414) 229-2641
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee