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.

At the same time, it is important to us that we remove as many barriers as possible for students when applying to UW-Green Bay.  For these reasons, we want to outline our preferred and acceptable ways of receiving transcripts and ACT scores:

High School Transcripts

  • Our first preference is to receive transcripts directly from the school using the method set up for students to access and request their transcripts. We plan to refer students to these online or in-person methods to request their transcripts.
  • If students are facing issues in sending their transcripts or time is pressing for a student’s admissions decision, we will accept a transcripts emailed to us by a school counselor to complete a student’s application for review.
  • If a UW-Green Bay admissions counselor is at your school, we are happy to accept hard copy transcripts printed for the admissions counselors as official to complete a student’s application.
  • Please note, as always, that we must receive a final official high school transcript when it becomes available after a student’s graduation.

ACT or SAT scores

  • Our first preference is to receive students’ score through the official testing organization. This allows us to stay connected with a student and provide valuable information about application dates and deadlines even before they apply.
  • In order to remove barriers for students in the application process, we will use ACT scores reported on a student’s high school transcript to review the student’s application for admission. We will also accept a score report directly from a student’s counselor.
  • If score reports are not available on your high school’s transcripts and the fee for sending scores through ACT/SAT is a serious obstacle for a student (specifically students who are also using an application fee waiver), we are happy to provide a waiver form for the ACT test score report fee.

With so many recent changes in the past few years, we wanted to be sure to provide information and context for you as you assist students in completing their applications.  Like you, we want students to have their best start in college, and we hope to do our part to assist.

If you have unique questions, concerns, or ideas, please connect with me at or 920-465-2111.

About the author: Jennifer Jones is a proud UW-Green Bay alumna with a passion for the transformative power of a UW-Green Bay education. She resides in Green Bay with her husband, two sons, and vivacious dog, Indiana Jones.

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.

These changes have also provided the opportunity to revise our admissions process. Here are a few notes to share with your students planning to apply to any UW-Green Bay campus:

  • The Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses are remaining open access, while the Green Bay campus remains consistent in its criteria for admission.
  • Even if students are interested in multiple campuses, they only need to apply to one campus.
  • All students, regardless of campuses selected, will be reviewed for admission at any UW-Green Bay campus.
  • If a student applies to the Green Bay campus and, based on their holistic application review, it is determined that the student would be best served by starting at the Marinette, Manitowoc or Sheboygan campuses, they will be granted admission to the branch campus nearest to their home address or with the most suitable housing option. Please note, students would have the option to select a different branch campus location.
  • For students beginning courses at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan locations, continuing classes at the Green Bay location will be a seamless process in partnership with the student’s academic advisor.

At UW-Green Bay our goal continues to be providing students the best next step for higher education. We believe that our holistic and complete review of students, and their options to continue at any of our campus locations will ultimately assist students in writing their own success story throughout their college careers.

Our admissions counselors are ready to assist your students as they complete their applications and take the next steps toward college. Please let us know how we can help.


Jennifer Jones

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.

Nurse 1-2-1 is our newest pathway and it is designed for freshmen. Students complete one year at UWGB, two years at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and then finish their BSN with one final year at UWGB. After four years, the students will graduate from UWGB with their Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from NWTC.  This program has competitive admissions requirements, but offers a direct entry into the nursing program and excellent collaborative advising. Students can live on campus at UWGB all four years. While enrolled at UWGB, students pay UWGB tuition and while enrolled at NWTC students pay NWTC tuition. This means this program is a very affordable option.

UW-Green Bay has had a very strong BSN completion program for students who have completed their Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Students can complete the degree entirely online, or they can take classes in-person on campus. This is a great option for students who invest in the Associate’s degree and then want to complete their BSN while working in the field.

Bellin College also partners with UW-Green Bay to serve students looking to complete a nursing degree in northeast Wisconsin. Bellin offers a direct entry program  where students take classes at UWGB and Bellin College, ultimately graduating from Bellin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Bellin offers freshmen and transfer pathways towards a degree. Their programs are direct entry as well. I highly encourage students to reach out to Bellin advisors directly for more information about their program options.

UW-Green Bay has excellent programs in many health related majors/careers. Our dietetics program is outstanding, and our exercise science/athletic training program is growing as well! Please encourage students who are interested in learning more to attend our Sciences Open House on April 21. That’s a great way to collect information and meet students, faculty and staff experiencing those programs at UWGB right now! For information about this and all of our visit programs, please visit

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

Snapchat Q&A Day Inspiration

Join us on December 27 for Snapchat Q&A Day!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we will be answering questions sent to us on Snapchat. This day will be focused on admitted students. What do you need to know about UW-Green Bay before you make your college choice, or before you join us this fall?

Looking for inspiration on what to ask? Here are some ideas:

  • Do you have a major in _____?
  • How can I find a roommate?
  • When should I complete the FAFSA?
  • How do scholarships work?
  • How can I tour campus?
  • What should I NOT pack?
  • Can I pack ____?
  • How can I get a job on campus?
  • How do I register for classes?
  • Can I bring my dog?

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


Math Problems

“I’m just bad a math.”
“I’m not going into a STEM major, why do I need all of this math?
“I’m not going to use Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus etc….in real life.”

My high school counselor sat me down my junior year for selecting my senior year classes and informed me that even though I had taken the mandatory three years of college prep math (Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra- actually I took Algebra 1 twice, but that’s a story for another time) it was in my best interest to take Pre-Calculus my senior year. As you can imagine, I was likely giving him the look your math challenged students give you that reads: “Seriously?”  He went on to say things that, in hindsight, rang very true:

  1. Math is harder in college. Take as much as you can in high school to avoid as much math as you can in college. (Pretty sure he only gave this advice to people like me, not to the STEM majors.)
  2. Math Placement Exam: The more math you take in high school the better you will do on the math placement exam.
  3. Lesson for Life: If you don’t take Math your senior year, you will be out of practice. It’s like training for a sport, you can’t just take a year off and expect to walk onto the field and perform like you’ve been training for that year.
  4. Math teaches you to think differently. It took until senior year of college for me to realize this was true. Solving real world problems, when “adulting”, requires us to use all the tools in our toolbox and forces us to look at problems from different angles. At UW-Green Bay we call this interdisciplinary learning. Math give us skills to better understand cause and effect, equations are common when you are diagraming a project, problem or potential solutions and we don’t even realize how often we use math logic in our daily lives to get us where we need to go, when we need to get there.

What I’ve learned while working in Admissions:

  • Students who take the 4th year of college prep math before attending UWGB are more likely to graduate.
  • When we review applications for admission and a student is on the bubble for admission, having taken the 4th year of college prep math is a plus factor.
  • People who don’t take the math seriously their senior year or don’t take the Wisconsin Math Placement Test seriously are disappointed in that choice when it comes to freshmen registration. I’ve seen this first-hand countless times.
  • The Early Math Placement Tool, which is free for schools, is a good idea to get students ready to take math seriously their senior year.

I didn’t get the chance to let my school counselor know that he was right about math. You are right to have this conversation with your students. Thank you for having these conversations. We might not get kids like me to embrace math, but I’m hoping we can help them understand its value.

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

College Applications: Advice from Advisors

Applying to college is an exciting (and stressful) time of a student’s life. The application process can be overwhelming and sometimes students might wish they could know what goes through an Admission Advisor’s head while they are reviewing applications. We have gathered some insight from UW-Green Bay’s admissions team on what they think are the most important factors in college admissions.

Let’s meet our experts, Admissions Advisors from UW-Green Bay:

Ryan Stewart, Admissions Advisor for Wisconsin Students
      Fun Fact: Ryan’s favorite superhero is Spider-Man!!!!!!!

Marisa Leza, Bilingual Admissions Advisor
     Fun Fact: Marisa’s favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber.

 Katy Jarosz, International Recruitment Specialist
     Fun Fact: Katy lived in Wuhan, China for two years before coming to Green Bay.

 Bridget Derge, Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment
      Fun Fact: Bridget’s favorite food is Dove chocolates.

What do you wish you knew about college Admissions?

Many student may be asking, what is the most important factor in admission decisions? Katy Jarosz, UW-Green Bay’s International Recruitment Specialist, explained that it would be very hard to narrow down the most important factor of in admission decision, but “one of the most insightful parts is getting to read students’ personal statements, since the personal statement is the only part of the application where we get to hear students talk about themselves in their own words.”

Marisa Leza, UW-Green Bay’s Bilingual Admissions Advisor, agreed that she thinks a very important factor is the personal statement because “it provides a better insight of who the candidate is.” She also really enjoys reading each and every student’s individual story, rather than just looking at the numbers involved with admissions.

Even though we may not be able to read Admission Advisor’s minds, many students can be assured that it isn’t just about the ACT score and GPA. Admission Advisors truly do care about you, who you are, and who you will be as a student on their campus. Be sure that your essay expresses just that.

Personal Statement: Where to Begin?

When it’s time to think about writing your personal statement, or application essay, many students are unsure where to begin. It’s important to keep in mind that Admission advisors are looking for your story, along with all the ups and downs that got you to where you are in life.

Don’t just focus on the shortcomings. As Ryan Stewart, UW-Green Bay Admission Advisor, states, “You don’t need a sap story to make a great essay. But at the same time, write about things that you are passionate about to allow our advisors to walk in your shoes.” It’s important to let the admissions team see how you’ve dealt with the setbacks in your story and what drives you to keep focusing on your academic goals.

Bridget Derge, UW-Green Bay’s Assistant Director of Admissions, suggests, “Address the areas that make you cringe. If you wish there was something on your transcript that you could erase, the admissions review committee probably does, too. So talk about it.” This way you are able to discuss the hurdles and what you did to overcome those setbacks in your life. The admissions team wants to be able to see how you got to where you are and how you are going to continue to be successful in college and after graduation.

Comprehensive Review? What’s that about?

UW-Green Bay Admission Advisors refer to giving each and every application “comprehensive review,” but do we even know what that exactly means? Comprehensive review refers to applications being thoroughly reviewed with every admission factor, including transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and college prep courses.

As Bridget stated, “The application statement also allows students to share information about what else occupies their time aside from being a student and how they balance those things along with their academics. We want to learn about what goals they have established for their future and how they plan to achieve them. We want to know as much about the student as we can [to make an informed admissions decision]. We want to know who they are as a high school student and who they want to become as a UW-Green Bay student.” Therefore, include your involvement throughout your academic career and everything that got you to where you are in your life. This will help show the admissions team how you will fit at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Important of Extra-Curricular Activities

You always hear people talk about the importance of extra-curricular activities and being involved, but knowing why that matters to admission advisors is also important. Katy explains that being involved in extra-curricular activities shows admission advisors that you “are still able to maintain good grades, demonstrate you are responsible, and that you have great time management skills.” Bridget also added that extra-curricular activities are “a great way to see leadership skills being developed and a student’s potential to grow.” These are all very important factors that show if a student will have great dedication to their studies; however, the most important factor is time management because it shows if a student can balance their commitments during college.

Additional Advice – What to do now?

Below is additional advice from all of the Admission Advisors. View their advice as a great tool to help you with applying and getting accepted to UW-Green Bay, but remember that the door is always open to UW-Green Bay admission. They are there to help you and want you to become successful. Take advantage of their help and assistance to become a successful student and UW-Green Bay graduate. All of their advice includes things that you can start now. The earlier you start, the better the chances are of finding the right college and being prepared to start your studies.

Ryan: “Work hard all the way through high school, don’t wait until your senior year to kick it into gear.”

Marisa: “Tour as many schools as you possibly can, it is not just applying, but also visiting the schools. It will provide a better description of what the school has to offer. Take advantage of all the college prep programs and get involved to prepare for college.”

Katy: “Don’t be afraid to contact your admissions counselors! We’re here to help you through the whole process, and the best part of our jobs is when we get to meet with or talk with students and help them decide if this is the right school for them. Feel free to ask lots of questions – we’re here to help!”

Bridget: “Ask for help when you need it. With admission applications, with financial aid questions. People who work in higher education do so because they want to provide access to college for students. We are here to help. Take advantage of that. We are here for you and to support you.”

To contact advisors at the UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions, send us a message at or call 920-465-2111.

This post was prepared and written by Carli Meyer, UW-Green Bay Student and Admissions Intern. Carli is a business major form Oconto, Wisconsin, who transferred to UW-Green Bay in 2016.

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

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.