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. 

PLAN AHEAD  

The college journey, from researching different colleges to applying and choosing one, can feel overwhelming for students – even those who have been preparing and planning for college for months or years. Ultimately, every student is in a different place when it comes to what information they need to feel confident in their decision. 

For juniors, the spring semester is a great time to start visiting colleges. College visits help students begin to narrow down what they are looking for in their post-secondary education. Starting this as juniors gives them a jump-start on making their college decisions. Touring colleges early can help students prepare for the upcoming application process, understand costs and identify academic areas of interest and more.  

Admissions counselors are here to answer any questions your students may have – no question is too small! Admissions counselors are equipped to help students think about all the things that are important when making a college decision. They are not here to convince students to attend a certain college; rather, their job is to provide students with relevant information so the student can make the best decision for their future.  

AFFORDABILITY  

We know affordability is often one of, if not the most, influential factor in a student’s college decision. Many students do not receive their financial aid and/or scholarship offers from schools until early spring; however, they may feel pressured to make their decision prior to having this important information. We want students to know it is okay for them to wait until they have a full picture of their financial situation prior to committing to a specific college. May 1st is National College Decision Day for a reason – it is okay to wait until then to commit! If a student or parent/guardian has any questions about financial aid or affordability planning, we strongly suggest reaching out to the Financial Aid office at the college they plan on attending.  

COMMITMENT 

There is no right or wrong time to commit to a college. The reality is that some students are prepared to make their decision in the fall of their senior year while others may wait until the spring. We encourage students to wait until they have all the information they need from their schools of interest to make the commitment decision that is best for them.  

What is the best way to ensure a student has confirmed their plans to attend a college in the fall? Talk to their admissions counselor! As mentioned, UW-Green Bay uses a commitment status which is updated directly by the student or by their admissions counselor. Another tip for students – let other schools know you are not attending. From a communication perspective, this can reduce the amount of information students receive that is not pertinent to their decision. Students will continue to receive information from all schools that they applied to or showed interest in, so it is important that students let colleges know they are not planning to attend.  We get it, students have lots of great options!  

Going back to the beginning of this blog post where we mentioned students may feel overwhelmed, it is also possible that students may feel nervous about making the “wrong” decision. Good news, there is no such thing! If a student decides they aren’t happy or don’t have the support they need at their selected college, there are options for them to transfer to a different college. Now feels like an appropriate time to mention that UW-Green Bay is one of the most transfer-friendly schools with a very generous credit transfer program.  

From the Director’s Desk: Spring 2022

Executive Director of Admissions Rachele BakicBeyond all of the visits and admitted student excitement, we’re also here for your rising students – freshmen, sophomores and juniors alike. Meagan Strehlow, Associate Executive Officer for K12 & Community Relations in the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement (CECE), has been working diligently with her staff to develop programming for your younger students. Summer events are coming soon, but CECE also offers a wide range of ways for students to earn college credits in high school or receive assistance through UW-Green Bay.

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From the Director’s Desk: Winter 2021

Executive Director of Admissions Rachele BakicLast fall, I talked to you about the support services that allow your students to get off on the right foot here at UW-Green Bay. We always want to support our students and give them the best chance to succeed as they embark on their college journeys.

I want to assure you, the early support that our new students receive continues after their first semester. Our mission is to provide access to education for anyone who wants it, and the academic and personal services at UW-Green Bay help us do good by that mission. Continue reading From the Director’s Desk: Winter 2021

From the Director’s Desk: Fall 2021

Executive director of admissions Rachele BakicAs we look forward to a new class of amazing students joining us this fall, I wanted to share a bit about our support systems that allow a wide variety of students to succeed here at UW-Green Bay. We are a multi-campus comprehensive university, with a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, civic engagement, and access to education for all who seek it.

This past summer, we offered our first Bridge Program focused on assisting students toward success in their first year at UW-Green Bay. This program allowed select students to take foundational credit-bearing courses and partake in co-curricular activities in the weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. Our support programs utilize the weeks prior to the semester to create a longer, more gradual transition period for these students.
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From the Director’s Desk – Spring 2021

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change, so do our adjustments and accommodations for prospective students. Here at UW-Green Bay, we’re striving to remove as many barriers as possible for you – and the students you serve. From programming options and counselor resources to our new student portal, we’re working hard every day to bring higher education to as many students as possible.  Continue reading From the Director’s Desk – Spring 2021

From the Director’s Desk – Bachelor’s Degrees at All Four Campuses

Over the last two years, UW-Green Bay has grown not only in enrollment but also as a regional foot-print in Wisconsin. As a regional comprehensive university, we’re committed to the mission of serving the communities in which we reside. Since the announcement of our reimagined four-location university, leadership at UW-Green Bay has had the opportunity to partner with the Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan communities to assess the industry needs that can be met by additional options and offerings from UW-Green Bay. Continue reading From the Director’s Desk – Bachelor’s Degrees at All Four Campuses

The “Why” Behind Application Material Requirements

As we move into another exciting fall of wonderful students and exciting college applications, I wanted to share a little background on UW-Green Bay’s requirements for official application materials. As you know, it’s important for us to review accurate academic information to align our decisions with students’ greatest likelihood of success at the UW-Green Bay campuses. High school transcripts and test scores are an important way of gathering that information about historical academic performance.

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From the Director’s Desk…

The exciting times continue at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Building on five consecutive years of enrollment growth, as covered by local news, we have seen a strong and exciting launch into our first year as a four-campus university. Now with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, UW-Green Bay can provide a new level of access and support to students seeking to continue their education in Northeast Wisconsin.

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Nursing at UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay has very strong partnerships to bring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to students looking to work in the nursing field. Because there are multiple pathways, it can be confusing to navigate. Our Admissions team is ready to explain all the possible pathways and find the best fit for students. If you have a student interested in Nursing please connect them with us. Here is a snapshot of our different pathways.

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