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.

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:

[title of show] is a First for UWGB

Natalie Vanden Heuvel, Mike Roderique, Ross Christian, and Chelsea Crevcoure

This weekend marks the long awaited run [title of show]. This production marks the opening of the UWGB 2011-2012 Theatre season, being the first of two studio (student-directed) projects selected for this year, and the only fully mounted student-directed production. [title of show] is also the first student-directed musical in UWGB’s history. A large and daunting undertaking for directors Kyle R. Pingel and Molly LeCaptain.

The road to [title of show], or [tos] to its loyal fanbase, started with Pingel and LeCaptain, two theatre majors and good friends, developing individual directing projects. LeCaptain, a longtime [tos] fan and musical theatre major had the show in mind from the start. Having a four person cast and minimal set, she knew it was an ideal candidate for a studio production. When the two decided to join forces, a new directing team was born, both Pingel and LeCaptain being credited as co-directors, with LeCaptain focusing on musical direction.

The show itself presents an overtly simple (or painfully complicated) premise: the show centers around two guys writing a musical, about two guys writing a musical, about two guys writing a musical. No plot lines to be crossed there. While the plot may get complicated, the cast consists of only two guys, two girls, and an accompanist, and the set is made up of four mismatched and lonely chairs. Add in a cornucopia of theatre and pop culture references (and a slew of administrative confusion as to what the show is actually called), and you have a hilarious, nostalgic yet utterly contemporary musical.

[title of show] runs this weekend only, with shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (22-24) at 7:30 in the Jean Weidner Theatre, all 100% free of admission. Pingel, LeCaptain, along with their brave and talented cast consisting of Mike Roderique, Ross Christian, Chelsea Crevcoure, Natalie Vanden Heuvel, and Richard S. Perry, hope you come and enjoy the music, the laughter, and the fun of [title of show].

Back to School Time

Can you feel it? The excitement is building. In one week, the entire freshmen class will be coming to campus to move in to housing and attend FOCUS Orientation. This is my favorite time of year. People are checking out where their classrooms are, getting their books and materials for class, meeting new people and running into old friends. Everything is building to the first day of class.

The first day of class is full of possibilities…just like the students entering college for the first time. How much you put into a class, reading, homework, projects etc…is directly related to how much you get out of it. The experience is richer when you put more energy into it. The same is true of college.

Attending classes and getting good grades is only part of the experience, to fully experience college, you need to get involved, meet new people, and try things you’ve never tried. Internships, research opportunities, jobs; they don’t just fall in your lap, you need to seek them out. Develop relationships with your faculty and staff. You never know when you might need that connection.

Get involved in clubs and organizations that matter to you. Give your energy to making the world a better place in whatever way works for you! Make the most of your college experience. Trust me when I say, it goes quickly. Savor each moment and make it count.

A day in the life of a UWGB student- written by Gina Durkee

It’s a gorgeous day, the sun is shining, and billowy white clouds are floating in the sky. Walking on my way to Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, I see two squirrels running to the nearest tree. Speaking of trees, there are certainly a lot of them. Taking a walk through campus almost feels like a day at the park; sprawling green grasses can be seen everywhere, and wildlife dashes before your eyes. The air smells like summer; crisp, fresh and inviting. However, I doubt anyone will find a Shoe Tree in any local park! The Shoe Tree is definitely unique to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

               Heading through the tunnel in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, I see summer classes in session in many of the classrooms. Fellow students say hello as I walk past them on my way to the Cofrin Library. I smell the delicious aroma of Panini’s being made to order in the Garden Café. After taking a short elevator ride, I am on the 8th floor of the Cofrin Library. The view is AMAZING! I can see the gorgeous bay, AND Lambeau Field. I can see the Weidner Center, where people enjoy performances like River Dance and The Goo Goo Dolls. I can also see the Instructional Services building, which happens to be the only completely underground building on campus.

               Now I decide I want to get a little workout in, so I head to the Kress Center. The friendly front desk attendants swipe my card and I’m ready to go! I walk into the fitness center. I could utilize the strength training equipment on the ground floor, or I could raise my heart rate upstairs on the cardio deck. Or, if I’m feeling adventurous, I could climb the climbing tower. After much thought, I think what I’d really like to do is go for a swim in the 96 foot long pool.

               It’s been a busy day, so I think it’s time to head back to my residence hall apartment. I can’t wait to see my three roommates. We’re going to make dinner together in our full-sized kitchen, then watch a movie in the living room, popcorn mandatory. After that, my roommates and I are helping each other decorate our individual bedrooms; when it comes to decorating, four heads really can be better than one!

                The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a ton of fun things to keep me busy. Between the reading at the library, seeing shows at the Weidner Center, working on my fitness at the Kress Center, taking fun classes, and a variety of other activities, I have to try really hard to be bored!

And over here we have….your future. by Amy Manske

I have been giving tours at UWGB for almost 3 years. It’s a similar routine; we see the remarkable view of campus from the eighth floor of the library, wander the Kress Events Center, and make a stop in a residence hall to show off our famous personal bathrooms. Why would I love giving a tour of a campus I see every day? The easy answer is because every person I meet on a tour makes me feel even better about choosing UWGB.

I have met students from all over looking to compare colleges. I have given tours to students as young as eighth grade. Their questions are usually “what kind of food do you eat here?” and “what is your favorite color?”, but they are still excited to be on a college campus and learn about what we do here.

The best thing about giving tours is the fresh perspective everyone brings based on what they have done and what they plan to do.

I had the privilege of meeting a high school senior from Hawaii. Her sole reason in checking out UWGB was because it was the hometown of the Green Bay Packers. How cool is that?
Every person I meet on a tour makes me more excited to be a UWGB student. Not only do I get to tell them what is great about our campus but I get to tell them all about the great memories I have here. It is the greatest feeling in the world when you get done with a tour and the student says they love the campus and is interested in attending. You have introduced someone into the UWGB college perspective and lifestyle. Some people don’t fit UWGB and that is ok, we don’t hate you. Your college should be right for you no matter where it might be and what better way can you find this out but with a visit!
If you are in the process of looking at colleges or will be soon, I highly suggest a tour. A tour will give you the best perspective as to what the atmosphere is like here and how you would fit in. Tours run twice a day, Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We also have days during the school year labeled as Campus Preview Days. These days are big touring days where hundreds of people come to take a tour of the campus and get information on tuition, dining, housing and more.

What better way to find out about a school than to visit it and look around? Walk where the students walk, sit where the students sit and talk to a real student. Hope to see you soon!