Thinking about transferring? It’s easier than you imagine.

Whether from a two-year college or a four-year university, the process to transfer schools can seem stressful on the surface. There’s a lot of unknowns along the way – how to apply, which credits are accepted and more.

But fear not! With the right information and resources, you can take the stress out of the process and quickly get geared up for success. Every school handles the transfer process a bit differently. But the questions and answers below provide solutions to support your journey and remove the roadblocks to help you rise towards graduation.

If you’re feeling confident to begin your transfer journey, get started today and take flight as a Phoenix!

How do you apply to transfer colleges?

At most schools, the process starts with submitting an application and official transcripts through the Admissions office. However, a few schools have rewritten the playbook to make the process even easier with an unofficial credit evaluation. Without having to submit an official application, you can get a full read on transfer eligibility and which credits can apply – reducing surprises down the road so you can get enrolled even faster.

Which credits can you transfer?

Credit transfers can be complicated because a lot varies from school to school. At most universities, you won’t learn which credits are eligible to transfer until after being accepted.

Let’s face it, the easier it is to learn if credits transfer, the more likely you are to make the move. Many universities simplify the process with a Transferology Tool and Transfer Guides that share local partnerships between regional schools, so that you can quickly find out which credits transfer seamlessly. Why take a class for a second time, when you could instead keep rising towards your ambitions?

Fun Fact: The number of transfer students admitted to UWGB continues to surge, growing over 7% last year alone! The reason why? We make it simple and take away the surprises and stress. Explore UW-Green Bay’s transfer program.

What are the benefits of transferring schools?

Whether coming from a technical school or four-year college, transferring can open doors to new opportunities that transform your career trajectory. That’s especially true if you’re looking for a more personal, hands-on university experience.

Depending on your current situation or your career goals, for example, you may want a larger college experience. Or, maybe you’d prefer the smaller class sizes and access to professors at a smaller, regional university. Some of the advantages of transferring to a regional comprehensive university (RCU) are the low student-to-faculty ratio, the dual commuter and on-campus options, the flexible schedules and the hands-on experiences with renowned professors. College is what you make it, and if you aren’t thriving in your current environment, maybe it’s time for a change.

UW-Green Bay Admission Counselor works with current NWTC student on transfer options.

What do universities consider when transferring?

When evaluating transfer applications, universities typically review credits, GPA and exam scores. However, relevant experiences can extend far beyond the traditional classroom, such as military service and work history.

Ensure the admissions team takes a holistic approach. Rather than just looking at where you’ve been, be sure they are focused on where you’re going – and how the University can help unlock your full potential to get there.

Hear from an Admissions Counselor about how easy it is to apply to be a transfer student.

What financial aid opportunities are available for transfer students?

Finances are a big concern for a lot of transfer students. Similar to first-year applicants, you’re able to apply for financial aid such as FAFSA, scholarships and more.

Universities that are serious about helping transfer students will provide transfer counselors who take the time to help you secure scholarships for transfer students. Many times, there are specific opportunities for transfer students to receive financial support. Get in touch with the financial aid office to explore which financial aid opportunities work best for you.

What student resources are offered to transfer students?

When you transfer, it’s not only a new environment. New professors, peers and even the pressure you put on yourself can add stress to the transition. At any university, Student Services view the transfer process not as a stop and start, but instead as an ongoing relationship throughout your collegiate journey.

For example, many universities provide robust services to empower your success from day one through graduation – from building your course schedule, finding your fit in student organizations and connecting you with real-world internships that can transition to full careers. Be sure to explore the resources provided and then use them to ensure your success.

Are transfer students considered first-year students?

Similar to credit eligibility, the academic standing of transfer students can vary by university. To find out your status, the easiest process is to get in touch with admissions. When looking at your credits and academic status, focus on ensuring that your path towards graduation never stops moving forward.

Transferring can feel like a big job. But by asking the right questions and utilizing the university’s programs and resources, you can reduce roadblocks and ensure your rise to graduation. In fact, a university like UW-Green Bay is not afraid to innovate new solutions to get rid of artificial obstacles so that you can rise to your full potential – on your timeline!

Still have questions? All you have to do is ask – we’ve got the answers waiting. Get in touch with our transfer counselors today to start your transfer journey and take flight with your new class of fearless dreamers!

From the Director’s Desk: What is Open Access?

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At UW-Green Bay, we are proud to serve out our mission and vision to be a university that fearlessly meets challenges, solves problems, embraces diversity, cares about our region and provides access to education for all who want it. We believe learning never stops and we work towards equitable access for all. So, what do we mean when we say “UW-Green Bay is open access”? It means giving every student the chance to change their life for the better with advanced education. It means we want to provide education for all who seek it. No matter where they start. No matter where they have been. No matter where they want to go. Continue reading From the Director’s Desk: What is Open Access?

From the Director’s Desk: Summer 2023

Executive Director of Admissions Rachele Bakic It’s hard to believe another school year has come and gone. As I reflect on the past year, the only words that come to mind are thank you. Thank you to everyone who brought a class to campus for a group visit. Thank you to everyone who worked with our admissions counselors to set up visits at your high schools. Thank you to everyone who helped students complete their college applications. Thank you for all that you do every day for students. Continue reading From the Director’s Desk: Summer 2023

Public Affairs – UW-Green Bay’s New Degrees & What You Can Do with Them

Do you have a desire to help people? Are you curious about societal structures and how they impact everyday life? If this sounds like you, pursuing a program of study in public affairs may be a good fit for you! As a multidisciplinary field, public affairs is broad-reaching and uses strategies and principles from multiple academic areas. It encompasses a range of career options, from City Manager to Chief of Staff for a State Legislator to a Human Rights Officer and many more.

Read on to learn more about the different public affairs programs offered at UW-Green Bay and what you can do with them. Hint: many of our students double or even triple major since the programs mentioned below are so connected, it’s usually only a few more credits to add another major! Continue reading Public Affairs – UW-Green Bay’s New Degrees & What You Can Do with Them

When Should I Start Touring Colleges?

While there is no “right” time to start touring colleges, many students begin touring colleges during their junior year of high school. Of course, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t begin thinking about college until junior year of high school. A good rule of thumb is to do some preparation prior to touring a college. This preparation can include verifying that the school has your program of study (or programs of interest if you are undecided), researching the size of campus and how far away or close to home it is. Answering these types of questions can help you create a list of potential colleges and eliminate any that don’t align with what you’re looking for. Continue reading When Should I Start Touring Colleges?

Be Mine: Free Money

Cut out heart with Be Mine written on it.Riddle us this – what do Valentine’s Day and the UW-Green Bay scholarship deadline have in common? They are (almost) the same day! Love is sweet, but so is free money for your education. Be your own valentine and submit your scholarship application by February 15.

Scholarships are free money that will help you fund your education. You do not have to pay the money back (like a loan). In this post, we’ll go over UW-Green Bay Foundation Scholarships as well as learn more from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation about the scholarships they have available to students. Continue reading Be Mine: Free Money

From the Director’s Desk: January 2023

Executive Director of Admissions Rachele BakicAcceptance. Confirmation. Enrollment deposit. What do all these words have in common? They are all used interchangeably among colleges and universities once a student decides to attend. At UW-Green Bay, we use the word “committed” – without requiring an enrollment deposit to secure a spot. This language allows us to be on the same page with a student about their plan to attend UW-Green Bay. Why does committing matter? It ensures students receive timely information about their next steps.  Continue reading From the Director’s Desk: January 2023

Schools and Colleges within a University?

What do you mean there are schools and colleges within the University? What college do I join? Don’t worry—that trips up a lot of incoming students. Schools and colleges within a university are groups of similar academic majors, career paths or disciplines. Not every university has academic colleges within and the ones that do may vary a bit in how they divide their subjects.

Here’s an example of how we do it at UW-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay has four colleges: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and the Cofrin School of Business.

Continue reading Schools and Colleges within a University?