The Applicant Statement Uncovered

Maybe I’ve watched too many CSI or Law & Order-like shows, but I seriously believe I’m like an investigator when I’m looking at college applications. I am always looking for evidence of success.  When reviewing applications, the first thing we review is a student’s high school record. We are paying special attention to the types of rigorous courses, and the quantity of those courses, that the student has taken during all four years of high school. We also look at overall performance and trends over the entire high school record. In investigator speak: discovering any patterns or abnormalities.

We do use the ACT score to look at another credible source of information about a student’s ability to be successful in the classroom. Is the ACT consistent with the evidence we found on the transcript? If not, we need to dig further.

The application itself gives us a ton of information about the student outside of the classroom: activities, awards, honors, and employment help round out the student’s profile. One piece of the application (which I love) that stresses students out the most is the dreaded application statement. The application statement gives us an opportunity to learn about the student, who they are, what’s important to them, what they have learned from their high school experience, and why they are ready to be successful at UW-Green Bay.

I’m going to let you in on an Admissions Director secret: we want to admit people to our universities. We don’t like denying anyone this opportunity, but we have to do our best to ensure there is enough evidence from high school, or their transfer institution, to show they are going to be successful when they enroll. If you ever are worried about admissibility to UWGB, please reach out to our office. We have a team of people who want to help guide students to UW-Green Bay.

What makes a great application statement?

Authenticity- tell us about you and your experiences. Tell us about what you’re passionate about, what you’ve learned from high school- successes you’re proud of and struggles that taught life lessons. We want to hear about the stories behind the grades, classes and ACT scores. We are looking for evidence that you’re ready to be successful in college. Success in college is not getting into your desired University, it is taking advantage of opportunities and persevering through four of the most life transforming years of your life until you graduate from college. Those are the skills we are looking for.

Write well- Proof, spell check, and have someone else read it before you hit send.

Don’t make excuses- We all struggle sometimes. Things happen in high school that impact our ability to be successful. These are opportunities to learn, grow and find a way though. These are the same skills you need to be successful in college. Tell us what happened, but focus on the solution or resolution. What did you learn or how are you being supported now and finding success?

For more info about how to make your application essay great, contact our Admissions advisors at or 920-465-2111.


About the author: Jennifer Jones is the Director of Admissions at UW-Green Bay. Jen has 17 years of experience in higher education, and has read a lot of application essays. She resides in Green Bay with her husband, two small children, and energetic dog.

Snapchat Q&A Day Inspiration

Join us on August 16 for Snapchat Q&A Day!

All day we will be answering questions sent to us on Snapchat. Looking for inspiration on what to ask? Here is some inspiration:

  • What are the work out facilities like?
  • Do you have a club for _____?
  • Can I bring a car to campus?
  • Will I need a printer?
  • Do you offer ____ as a major?
  • What is the average class size?
  • What are top majors?
  • What is there to do in Green Bay?
  • How can I make friends?

Are you an admitted student joining us in fall?
Here’s some questions you may have:

  • What should I NOT pack?
  • Can I pack ____?
  • Is Orientation mandatory?
  • What school supplies should I bring?
  • What am I forgetting to bring?
  • Can I bring my dog?
  • How do I get a job on campus?

We can’t wait to answer your questions on Snapchat.
Add UW-Green Bay on Snapchat today: uwgreenbay

#OnlyatUWGB  - Professor Edition

UW-Green Bay faculty are known as sensational teachers, researchers, authors, and mentors who have received state and national recognition for their teaching, but some of the best things about UWGB professors are the little things. We asked students and alumni about the memorable experiences that stuck out to them about the professors that they have had at UWGB. Here’s what we heard…

Snacks with Professor Meyer


Professor Meyer encourages students to visit his office hours, so he can get to know students better one-on-one and help them understand classroom material. As an added bonus, students who visit leave with treats!

“Once you establish a more personal relationship, there is a deeper level of trust and commitment between the professor and the student,” says Professor Meyer. Visiting during office hours means everyone wins!

Dr. So What?


Photo credit: @jessylovejesus via Instagram

Professor Clampitt has created a whole character to wrap students’ brains around class concepts. In Professor Clampitt’s class, swag and learning go hand-in-hand. Dr. So What inspires students to question insightfully, think critically, and act confidently.

Being Known by Professor Gurung


Professor Gurung has been known to spend a full two hours memorizing students’ names on the first days of classes.

“Professor Gurung is amazing! He really prioritizes getting to know everyone’s name, no matter the class size,” said Emily Carroll, a senior studying Psychology and Human Development.

“On the first day, he takes a picture of us with our name tents and has all of them memorized a week later. I was too shy to talk in the big lecture hall, but he still came up to me one time, addressing me by name. It made me feel really important!”

Teach Me How to Viking

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Whether her students are replicating ancient methods of flax fiber processing or recreating life on a Viking-age replica farmhouse, History Prof. Heidi Sherman’s students learn by doing. Overnight trips to a Viking longhouse give students a unique approach to learning history. For students who participate, these trips are often are the highlight of their college career.

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What else can you find #OnlyatUWGB?
We would love to show you:
Request more information
Schedule a campus tour
Apply to UWGB

Or contact us:
Phone: (920) 465-2111

Nine Essential #uwgbtour Pics

As summer approaches and you begin (or continue) touring different colleges, here are some must-take photos to capture while visiting UW-Green Bay. Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #uwgbtour.

 The ever-so-popular “Strike a Pose” photo


Photo originally tweeted by: @admissions

The “I’m ‘Falling’ In Love with This Place” shot from the 8th floor of the library

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Originally posted to Instagram by: @maddi_m_q

Some Phoenix Photography

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Originally posted to Instagram by: @taylor_broder

The “I’m Standing Next to a Horizon League D1 Champion” photo


Photo originally tweeted by: @BradenMueller

An unusual “What are all those shoes doing in that tree?” photo


Photo originally tweeted by: @jacklacy24

The epic “YMC…eh, I mean, UWGB” group photo


Originally posted to Instagram by: @uwgbadmissions

Don’t forget your “Tour Guide Selfie”


Photo originally tweeted by: @emmaferron

Lastly, any photo that best captures your experience on your #uwgbtour.


We’d love to see your #uwgbtour snapshots on Instagram or Twitter. So schedule your campus tour today! Visit to register.

Are you interested in learning more about UW-Green Bay and would like to sign up to receive information? Request information here.

Or contact us:
Phone: 920-465-2111

10 UWGB Photos You Must Take, and One You Shouldn’t!

As campus begins its transformation into picturesque #gbspring, for some you are just starting your college search, for others #gbgrad is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to snap some pics to commemorate your time at UWGB.

Here’s a list of 10 UWGB photos you MUST take:

A #uwgbtour Photo


A #AcceptedUWGB Photo


A Selfie with the Chancellor

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A Roommate Photo


A Photo of the View from the Library


A Sunset over the Bay Photo


A Study Abroad Photo


Some Phlash Photography


A Campus Wildlife Shot


A #gbgrad Photo (or a few!!!)


Here’s one photo at UWGB you shouldn’t take:

An Arboretum Underwater Photo


Unless your phone/camera is waterproof, above water is a better option.


So log into Instagram, and get to work! We’d love to see your campus and student life photos! When posting to Instagram, share your photos with #uwgb. Each month select “hashtaged” images will be featured on the UWGB Facebook page.

Are you interested in learning more about UW-Green Bay and would like to sign up to receive information? Request information.

Or contact us:
Phone: 920-465-2111

Graduate from college with less debt…do your homework!

Congrats! Those first steps of writing essays, paying application fees and sending transcripts are done. Phew! Now you can sit back, relax and wait for those acceptance packets to start rolling in, right?  Wait, don’t start relaxing yet! We know you are the type of incoming freshmen who wants to graduate with less debt—so listen up. Now is the perfect time to begin growing your understanding of the Financial Aid world.  We are here to guide you through the months between applying to college and receiving Federal Financial Aid to go to college.  So what can you do now to help better understand the “ticket price” of your future education?

Step 1) Do your research! –Know how much it currently costs a student to attend the Universities you’re interested in. Keep in mind amounts for the 2013-14 academic year have not been set. You should be concerned over the four direct costs to attending college. They are:

1.      Tuition and Fees

2.      Housing

3.      Food Plan (board)

4.      Books

See you’re already more financially aware. Baby steps!

Step 2) Now take those totals and use them to help you figure out how much you may need to pay out of pocket. Again, keeping in mind that the cost of attendance you researched is for this academic year and will likely increase. You can calculate an estimated Financial Aid Award using the FAFSA4Caster:

Remember this is not your official application for student aid. You can begin completing your FAFSA, or FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, beginning on January 1, 2013. This application will be your access to Federal and State aid including grants and student loans.

Step 3) Now that you’ve seen an estimated guess regarding the amount you may need to pay out of pocket, let’s talk SCHOLARSHIPS! Almost all scholarship applications are due six to nine months prior to the award year they are for.  Time is of the essence! Let’s get started:

  • Contact your prospective colleges to learn about the institutional scholarships available. Most will be determined by academic criteria (GPA & ACT score). Some may require a separate application form and others may use the admissions application.
  • Set up a meeting with your HS guidance counselor!  Many high schools have generous alumni who have set up scholarship funds.  These are worth your while because most likely only students from the school district are eligible!
  • Check with community businesses and organizations such as credit unions, local grocery stores, or others like your local Red Cross. 
  • Use search engines, like, provided by the U.S. Dept of Labor to search for available outside scholarships.

Accepted to UWGB-Now What?

Phew, getting in was the first big step toward coming to college. What’s next you ask? Well, we have tried to make it as simple as we can. We have a checklist for freshman and transfer students entering UWGB in Fall of 2012.

Also, join our UWGB class of 2016 on Facebook to get connected and ask questions of your fellow classmates.

Once again, congratulations on your acceptance and GO PHOENIX!

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Deliver Holiday Cheer

UW-Green Bay music will present the sounds of the season Tuesday, Dec. 6 during a Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performance held at 7:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall (mainstage) at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

UW-Green Bay assistant Profs. Randall Meder (Concert Choir) and Courtney Sherman (Chamber Singers) will conduct the concert, which is UW-Green Bay music’s 16th of the 2011-12 season. Accompanists Michael Stefanek (piano and organ) and Mary Slavek (piano) will accompany the singers.

Tuesday’s varied program includes such holiday favorites as “Deck the Halls” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” in addition to love-inspired pieces like “Liebesgarten” from composer Robert Schumann and “A Red Red Rose” by composer James Mulholland. The concert will conclude with the energetic “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” (William Dawson) and classic “Hallelujah” (Ludwig van Beethoven).

Tickets for the concert are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Information is available at The Weidner Center is located on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay Chamber Singers personnel are as follows: Ryan Braatz, Angel Campbell, Angie Danowski, Nicole Duhaime, Justin Foth, Bradley D. Klinger, Kayla Loret, Mark Osterberg, Joerge Schmelzer, Lydia Schneider, Tori Schuurmans, Amanda Sherman and Katherine Wilson.

UW-Green Bay Concert Choir personnel are as follows: Soprano: Meghan Baker, Nikita Cantable, Sarah Clark, Bryanne Fish, Katelyn Junak, Rachal Kennedy, Kelsey Landrath, Rasami Moua, Jami Pilger, Melissa Reisdorf, Alyssa Welnetz; Alto: Sara Bernardy, Sarah Chayer, Rebekah Cochrane, Amber Jagodzinski, Nicole Phillips, Meta Stern, Hilary Thums, Alyssa Weber, Ashley Wisneski; Tenor: Nathan Fett, Michael Kinscher, Shaquille Pabst, Tyler Samolinski, Austin Tisch, Logan Witthuhn, Pheng Yang; Bass: Benjamin Anderson, Avery Bundgaard, Justin Foth, Gatlin Grimm and Phillip Johnson.


Next up for UWGB Music:

Percussion and Hand Drumming Ensembles

December 9, 7:30, University Theatre

Unnecessary Farce Brings Necessary Laughter to UWGB

They say time spent laughing is time well spent. Well, then UWGB’s production of Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith is a far cry from a waste of time. This hilarious show will have you bursting out in raucous laughter probably unsuitable for a public venue, but when the whole house is with you, nobody cares. That is the gift of UWGB’s Unnecessary Farce: two hours where nothing matters but tickling your funny bone. And it delivers.

The seven student cast, directed by Laura Riddle, does not have an easy time of it in Farce. Backstage at intermission is a sight to see, with cast members fighting for breath and more than just a little sweat on their costumes, but onstage, it looks effortless and natural. Well, maybe not effortless, but very believable. With eight doors (which are the only set pieces that work harder than the actors), more than a few quick costume changes, guns, handcuffs, dialects both accurate and absurd, and a large plate of donuts, comedic timing is earned in this show and the cast will not disappoint.

Andrew Delaurelle and Marta Knodle play less than competent cops using an attractive Accountant (played by Katie Sawyer) as bait to catch the Mayor (played delightfully by Ross Christian) in an embezzling scheme. Add his wandering wife (played by Noel Fricke), a security agent (Matthew Harris in a comedic bullseye) and Todd (played by Derek Knabenbaur with a flawless dialect and a fearless disposition) as a Scottish…well, I won’t give away too much here. The more surprises in Unnecessary Farce, the better.

This production has earned a rave review from the Green Bay Press Gazette, who accurately called it “sexy, fast, and ridiculous”. Read the review at

Unnecessary Farce runs this weekend, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm in UWGB’s University Theatre. Buy tickets by visiting the UTIC in the University Union, calling them at (920)465-2400, or online at

To watch a preview of Unnecessary Farce with insight from the director and cast members, click here:

Stressing over the application statements?

No worries! I’m here to help. I’ve read a lot of application statements and I’ve collected some tips on how to complete the statements with ease:

1)     Write it in a format that allows for spell check. Trust me people. We are spell check babies, we need it. The UW-System application doesn’t have spell check in it. Don’t free type in the statements…we see way too many spelling mishaps!

2)     The first statement is about your most important activity and why…please remember we are looking for evidence that you are going to be successful in college (which means graduate from UWGB) so please remember to make a connection from your most important activity to your future success. Volleyball is fun, but what skills did you learn that are going to help you be successful in college?

3)     The second statement is about what contributions do you bring to the UWGB campus. Write about what makes you different and special. What experiences have you had or taken advantage of that will enhance our learning environment? Brag about your accomplishments! Students are notoriously bad at doing this. My suggestion- Have someone one who loves you read your draft. They will add good things you’ve forgotten.

4)     The third statement is your opportunity to share ANYTHING else. What to write there? Easy, if there is anything that impacted your classes, grades, ACT, and/or life while in high school, this is your chance to tell the story behind the evidence.  Tell us what was going on but don’t forget to share what happened after. What did you learn? How will that experience help you be successful in college? Too many people tell the sad stories, but forget to include the “so what.” Please use this statement to tell us the whole story.

5)     Ask for help! If you’re stuck and you need help. Email us or call 920.465.2111. We want help you complete this application so you can enjoy basking in the glow of being done with college applications and start thinking about all the fun you’re going to have at UWGB.