University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Reviews
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Wow, I dont even know where to start..... Needless to say that all my pre-requisite courses with labs were baffling. You would expect to come to an organic chemistry lab with specific instructions and a knowledgable teacher/professor. Both of those things were missing.. half the time I would show up to lab and my TA wouldnt even be there til 5 minutes after class started. On top of that, the class had to practically guess on how to perform the lab.... Now lets talk about admittance to the Nursing Program itself... I am baffled as to how little they care about a students academics and how much they care about a one and a half page response to a guided question with no clear answer. I personally have heard of students getting C's in class and still getting into the nursing program over a student with A's. How does this happen? Ill tell you how. You have a biased nursing commitee that simply cares about how well you answered the application question. In addition this school pays no regard to hands on capabilities but would rather throw a 100 question exam in front of you and judge you based off how well you can read and answer questions.
DO NOT recommend UWM's nursing program to anyone. The program provides VERY limited resources for all students. In addition, the program coordinators did not listen to any of our requests or concerns throughout the program (more time to practice nursing skills, more guidance with nursing skills, less time walking through butterfly gardens in our public health rotation). Moving onto NCLEX- UWM has a 73% pass rate, while just about every other school has a 93% or higher pass rate. Other schools in the greater Milwaukee area start NCLEX practice tests on day 1 of nursing school... UWM? Not a chance. We did our first practice NCLEX exam in our last semester. We did only one more after that, and it was THE SAME EXACT TEST! I'm sparing you from so many details and terrible stories about rude instructors, a semester-long public health clinical rotation in a clinic that we weren't even allowed to step foot in, and countless nights of writing irrelevant papers (ex: a 10 page paper about what it was like to ride the city busy throughout Milwaukee). I probably actually learned from about three instructors throughout my four semesters UWM's nursing program. I hope that UWM gets it together soon, but I seriously would not recommend the school to a single person.
With a pass rate of 74% for the year 2017, I highly encourage people to look elsewhere if you are searching for a college to obtain your BSN from. UWM is currently in the middle of changing their curriculum at the students' expense and overall experience. The college needs to update their simulation lab, change how skills are taught and tested, and increase their state pass rates. If I could do it over again, I'd go to a technical college and get my ADN. Seriously do yourself a favor and stay away. Or, go on a tour of UWM at the College of Nursing, and ask the tour guide about the pass rates for the college. I bet you they'll dodge you the same way they dodged us as their numbers were coming out that they were the lowest in the state.
Lubar's School of Business was a high quality program with many dedicated faulty members. I highly recommend the school to anyone who wants an affordable education with many outside the classroom opportunities. Milwaukee is a great city and it is very easy to get around the compact campus. The summer months offer the most cultural activities including Summerfest, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Their Honors College is also top notch and pushes you to work and think outside of your comfort zone.
I would not recommend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Nursing program to anyone. Clinical skills are taught (mostly by watching videos), practiced, and tested in the nursing lab resource center on the student's OWN TIME. Student's are given very little time to practice, ON THEIR OWN TIME, then expected to pass a check off of that skill. The teaching assistants (TA's) that "instruct" in the nursing lab are rude, crabby, play favorites, and are inconsistent with each other and are inconsistent with the student's learning materials. With tuition being as expensive as it is at this University, students deserve better.
I enjoyed but also disliked certain aspects of life at UWM. The campus is in a populated and busy city which can lead to difficulty with parking and living expenses off campus being a little high. However the campus provides many transportation services and recently even placed bicycles around the city that can be used by students which can make this easier to deal with for parking. The cost of the university is understandable however the price for parking and parking passes for campus are rather outrageous when you consider tuition and I believe this should be considered into tuition by the university to allow students free parking in structures on campus. I also dislike the fact that taking an online course costs more seeing as it should be less work for the teacher not to lecture in person to students, this is just my opinion on the matter. Many things such as the university email and site for homework are great advantages to the university to keep organized. There are also many resources available for all different students on campus, the Norris health center aids in STDs, mental health, or just the flu. There are also many resources for LGBTQ students, and students of every nationality/ethnicity. The culture on campus is also a bonus, it is not strictly one minded, or one culture- the campus is extremely diverse and welcoming and this is one of the best benefits of the campus. I overall enjoyed my experiences on campus, even with some slight things I wish had been different! Great campus, Great educators, Great resources, and Great experience!
The UW-Milwaukee is a great school not only for its location and facilities, but also its academics. I knew I wanted to pursue my Doctorate in Physical Therapy after getting my undergraduate degree. UWM does not have a pre-physical therapy path, however, many people interested in physical therapy choose to major in Kinesiology as it prepares you for many of the classes that are needed in order to even apply to any Physical Therapy program after graduation. Now in PT school, I can happily say that the classes I took at UWM, my major, and my professors really helped prepare me for what I needed to learn in the future and now. Coming into my doctorate program I felt as though I had a strong foundation to build upon. Anyone interested in Physical Therapy after obtaining their undergraduate degree would be more than satisfied with what UWM has to offer.
I am Panther proud! I loved every minute I experienced at UW-Milwaukee. I always had a passion to search the youth of Milwaukee and the Urban Education program provided me with the skills to do so. I encourage many of my students to consider UW-Milwaukee due to the quality of education they would gain, the inclusive and diverse community, and the price point of tuition is a sound financial investment.
If you are working toward a bachelors in Art Education I would suggest looking into other schools. During my time there, my professors were (what seemed like randomly picked out of hat) not open minded, rude, and played the Favorite game with students. If you were not there favorite or questioned what was being taught, which I did, they rudely told me to go to a different school and did not even listen to what I had to say. What school supports the watching of "The Lion King" and "Precious" as educational for art education?? and very little real life scenarios like classroom management????-UWM allowed this garbage and I learned very little about daily tasks of teaching art. I would never go back.
The Educational Policy program at UW-Milwaukee is a small program that mainly serves graduate students, although they do provide an undergraduate degree, as well. This program emphasizes issues in modern urban education and challenges students to present real solutions, particularly in the city of Milwaukee. This program is largely tailored to students who want to stay in and improve Milwaukee, so may not be the best choice for someone looking to leave immediately after attaining a degree.