Campus and Facilities

Situated on a beautifully landscaped 700-acre site overlooking the bay on the northeast edge of the city, UW-Green Bay offers extras few campuses can match.

Learning facilities are first-rate. The David A. Cofrin Library is regarded among the finest in the state. Our two newest classroom buildings boast state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Mary Ann Cofrin Hall houses nearly 40 percent of all classes on campus. The building was designed to make use of advanced instructional technology and has gained national attention as a demonstration project for energy efficiency and solar electricity. With the total renovation of the Laboratory Sciences Building, the University has the equivalent of two new academic buildings.

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, elegant and well equipped, is one of the Midwest’s finest concert halls. The Kress Events Center is a sparkling new facility offering the best in fitness and recreation space along with a 4,000-seat hall for games, shows and more.  Student housing is high in amenities, with every room having a private bath. Outdoor attractions include a bayshore park, arboretum, a nine-hole golf course, and hiking and biking trails criss-crossing the campus.

Noteworthy, also, is the eight-story library's strategic location at the center of campus, connected to the University Union and every academic building via enclosed concourses. The concourses, ramps and elevators in every building make UW-Green Bay particularly accessible to students and visitors with disabilities.


Facilities used by the graduate programs, in addition to general classroom and office space, include laboratories, the library, computer center, and a number of ancillary program or research centers. Each of these is described below.

Area Research Center
The Area Research Center of the Cofrin Library is a repository for archives and manuscripts of the Wisconsin Historical Society for 11 Northeastern Wisconsin counties. These records provide a rich source of organizational information for students of history, government, genealogy and local culture. This center is one of the most active units in the Wisconsin Historical Society network.

Center for Biodiversity
The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity promotes education, research and community services that help conserve native plants and animals of the western Great Lakes region. The center incorporates resources listed in this section including the arboretum, herbarium and Richter Museum, along with the University greenhouse and the archives of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.

Field and research equipment is available on loan. Available for checkout by faculty, staff, and students for use in approved projects are GPS units, binoculars, clipboards, traps, nets and other field equipment.

The Center for Biodiversity is a clearinghouse of information for educators, naturalists, researchers, businesses and agencies, and private citizens. The center’s web site draws an impressive number of hits with its online taxonomic guides, lists and archives. Among the valued reference guides are Trees of Wisconsin, The Spider Species of the Great Lakes States, Ferns and Fern Allies of Wisconsin, Invasive Plants of Northeastern Wisconsin and Wetland Plants of Wisconsin. The center and its web site are also home to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, a compendium of detailed research and general information for 237 species of Wisconsin birds. All data, maps, photographs, and other technical materials are housed here for what is believed to be the largest natural history project ever in the state of Wisconsin.

Cofrin Arboretum and Natural Areas
The 290-acre Cofrin Arboretum encircling the campus is a significant resource for field trips, class projects and individual research. The arboretum has mature upland and lowland forests, several types of restored prairie and savanna communities, old fields, 11 ponds and wetlands, a forested stream, an extensive dolomite outcrop of the Niagara Escarpment, and more than a half mile of shoreline on Green Bay.

Off-campus holdings include two large natural areas on Lake Michigan — the Toft Point property near Baileys Harbor in Door County and the Kingfisher Farm tract in Manitowoc County. Additional properties include the valuable Point au Sable wetlands along the lower bay not far from campus, and the Peninsula Center upland tract located in the interior of the Door County peninsula.

These natural areas expand the range of landforms, vegetation communities, and animal habitats available for study. Within this diversity are opportunities to study sites that are preserved, areas undergoing restoration and development, and formerly cultivated sites in various stages of colonization by woody plants. A large number of the plant and animal species of Northeastern Wisconsin can be documented on these sites.

UW-Green Bay supports a program of grants for individual student research within the arboretum and natural areas. Students whose proposals gain support may receive up to $1,000 to carry out their projects. Students present results of completed projects in an annual symposium.

Computing Facilities
UW-Green Bay has excellent computer facilities with general access labs, high-tech classrooms and high-speed Internet across campus.

All registered students have access to the University's computing network to support their course work, data analysis, communication and research needs. Students receive a technology account they use to log into campus computers, the Student Information System, campus e-mail, Desire2Learn course management software, various library resources and personal storage space on institutional servers. With the “Remote Lab” function, students have 24-hour access to campus lab computers and software from any location on- or off-campus with an Internet connection.

Standard software installed on most general-access computers ranges from every-day (Microsoft Office and common web and digital-media tools) to high-powered statistical and specialty applications. A detailed list of software configurations is online at

Availability of general-access networked computers is excellent, with at least 550 workstations in computer labs across campus. The main General Access Lab in Suite 1129 of the Instructional Services Building, open up to 17 hours per day, is equipped with more than 250 state-of-the-art Gateway and Macintosh computers with access to printers, scanners, and video and audio editing equipment. The Cofrin Library has general-access computer workstations and project rooms that facilitate group work. Four teaching labs — Wood Hall 327, MAC Hall 120, Laboratory Sciences 102 and MAC Hall 229 — are available for general use by students when not in use by classes.
Specialty labs provide more than 200 additional computers with unique applications and equipment to support specific academic programs including computer science, graphic arts, composition, music, psychology, education, physiology, theatre (CADD), foreign language, geography (GIS), ecology, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, laboratory sciences, and more.

A valued asset for students who work frequently on team projects or collaborative research is a new document-sharing system called GBShare, providing read and/or update access to large, shared files. 

In recent years, UW-Green Bay has added convenient kiosk stations in at least a dozen high-traffic locations around campus, providing students an easy and on-the-go way to check their campus e-mail, the Student Information System, campus directories or event schedules on the Web. Wireless access to the campus network is expanding in various buildings to offer services to laptop owners. Students, faculty, staff and guests with laptops can hop on the network in the Union, Library, and cafeteria or lounge areas in classroom buildings including MAC Hall, Laboratory Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Studio Arts and Wood Hall.

Assistance is available to students from lab consultants and the IT Help Desk, which takes questions via telephone, e-mail, or in person. Students may also attend free technology workshops. Additionally, for the 2,000 students who reside on campus, IT consultants based at the Resident Life complex are available to help with “Resnet” connectivity to the high-speed network.

Faculty incorporate computer technology into their instruction using one of the many technology classrooms on campus. These classrooms are equipped with computers, LCD projectors, VCRs, slide projectors, document cameras, and traditional overheads. In Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, AMX touch-screen controls are used to operate the equipment, room lighting, sound, and ceiling blinds. Other classrooms have the Unibar software-based control system. 

The UW-Green Bay Herbarium houses a collection of over 25,000 specimens of vascular plants and provides many opportunities for student research, collection, and cataloging projects. Students have collected and prepared a large number of specimens from Northeastern Wisconsin, including endangered and threatened species. They continue to catalog specimens from the Cofrin Arboretum, Toft Point, and other UW-Green Bay natural areas. Through computer-supported study, students are able to map the distribution of plants and their responses to environmental changes. Specimens from the Herbarium are used for classroom demonstrations and laboratories. Researchers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, other University of Wisconsin campuses, and universities in other states frequently make use of the Herbarium collection.

Institute for Learning Partnership
The Institute for Learning Partnership positions UW-Green Bay as a catalyst in pursuing best practices and leading-edge research to improve K-16 learning throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The partnership brings together the University, more than three dozen school districts and the businesses, civic leaders and parents of the region. The partnership was forged to help these organizations and groups work collaboratively to improve learning.

The Institute is highly visible for its annual fall conference with keynotes and site visits by national figures examining critical issues in education. Another prominent offering is a competitive grants program which annually channels resources to dozens of classroom teachers and school officials for “action research” and pilot programs in their own schools.

Under the aegis of the Institute and its campus-community steering committee, the University offers the Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certificate (PDC) program for experienced educators. Development of UW-Green Bay’s Master of Science Degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, based on NBPTS standards, was another Institute-related development. A third key concern is the ongoing transformation of UW-Green Bay's undergraduate teacher preparation program to a standards-based program for students preparing for the teaching profession.

Institute for Research
The Institute for Research assists faculty members in obtaining support for research. Graduate students working with faculty can learn to develop proposals for funding from federal agencies, private foundations and industry. The Institute has access to the latest information on funding sources through the Sponsored Program Information Network of New York as well as the Grants Information Office of the University of Wisconsin System.

The University has devoted a significant portion of its resources to developing laboratory facilities to support the natural and social sciences. The renovated and expanded Laboratory Sciences Building includes biology and ecology, chemistry, earth science, nuclear chemistry, and physical systems research laboratories. Available equipment includes gas chromatographs (detectors include FID, ECD, TCD and MSD), liquid chromatographs (detectors include UV-Vis, fluorescence, electrochemical, and refractive index), ion chromatographs (anion and cation capabilities), spectrophotometers (UV-Vis, Visible, IR, fluorescence), atomic absorption spectrometer, ICP-OES, NMR (FT-broadband), SEM-EDS, total carbon analyzer, liquid scintillation counter, climate controlled room, growth chambers, microscopes and other equipment. Microcomputers are available in research labs and most classrooms. Other spaces available for research use include a greenhouse and herbarium. The University also has boats, a trailer-mounted soil sampler, and a variety of other equipment for field studies.

Centrally located among the academic buildings of campus, the Cofrin Library supports UW-Green Bay’s academic programs with an array of physical and virtual collections.

As information continues to shift to electronic formats, easy access to remote information is critical.  UW-Green Bay has been a leader in enhancing student access to valuable databases and to the accumulated knowledge of a worldwide network of libraries.

Cofrin Library subscribes to a federated search system that allows a simultaneous search of resources, including library catalogs, journal articles, newspapers, select Internet resources, and subscription-only services.  Librarians are available to assist with research and reference sources and to lead hands-on instructional workshops.

Students can conduct their research at general access lab computers located throughout the library or at their own laptop computers, connecting to the campus network via network jacks or via wireless access.  Facilities for student use are varied: general reading and study areas, quiet study areas, individual and group study rooms, group project rooms, general access labs, library instruction room, reference area, and a relaxation area for browsing popular reading and social networking.

Physical holdings of the Cofrin Library include approximately 297,000 volumes; more than 420,000 government documents; over 12,000 electronic books and documents; 57,800 maps; subscriptions to 550 print and 430 electronic journal titles; access to 13,300 online journal titles through databases; more than 30,500 microfilm backfiles; 3,500 sound recordings; an art slide library of more than 39,700 images; an instructinal materials center; and much more.  As a depository for the U.S. government and the state of Wisconsin, the library has extensive holdings of and electronic access to government documents.

The Special Collections Department contains historical records of Northeast Wisconsin, genealogical records, fine print books, rare materials including old maps and manuscripts, business-record archives of select firms, and the University archives.

Center for Public Affairs
The Center for Public Affairs at UW-Green Bay provides an opportunity for students to participate in team research, internships, and technical assistance experiences in public policy, politics, government and public management.

Students work with state and local government officials, legislators, public managers and other public professionals in such diverse areas as hazardous materials assessment, recycling and other environmental policies, health care administration, seismic risk assessment, community design and development, zoning analysis, cultural diversity, public opinion surveys and government/business relations. Some of these projects have been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; others have been inspired and supported by local hospitals and citizen groups.

The center works closely with UW-Extension to develop outreach programs in government affairs; students have opportunities to participate in some of these activities. The goal of the center is to provide quality experiences for students and faculty and to serve the need for research, policy analysis, and training for the local community and Northeastern Wisconsin.

Richter Natural History Museum
The Richter Natural History Museum is a gem among campus-held biological collections in the United States. Students from a variety of majors and professionals from across the country make use of the unique resource.

The Museum began with a large collection of bird eggs, nests, and study skins gathered by the late Carl H. Richter, who was one of North America's foremost amateur oologists. It includes more than 10,500 egg sets, some of which are dated as early as 1884. The collection includes a large series of vertebrate specimens, mollusks and butterflies, geological specimens, American Indian artifacts, historical documents, and photographs. The holdings also preserve Richter's extensive field notes and papers.

The Richter Museum's scientific collections include more than 90 percent of North American bird species and subspecies, including the endangered whooping crane, snail kite, and Kirtland's Warbler, and several extinct species. The egg collection is North America's 12th largest. In addition to fluid preserved specimens, study skins, and skeletons, the museum has a library of related books, journals, and reprints. Holdings represent nearly 100 percent of Wisconsin's breeding bird species, 95 percent of the mammals, and 80 percent of the reptiles, amphibians and fishes.

Specimen collections continue to grow through contributions from students, faculty and other researchers.

Sea Grant Program
UW-Green Bay faculty members participate in the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program. The Green Bay program involves public education and research projects dealing with water quality, fisheries, coastal marshes, and human impact on the Bay of Green Bay and the Great Lakes. Several University boats are available for research.

NEW Partnership for Children and Families
Headquartered on the UW-Green Bay campus, this program got its start in fall 1991 when the University’s Social Work program was awarded a child welfare training grant from the U.S. Children's Bureau. The goal was to develop training programs for child welfare workers employed by neighboring counties and the region’s American Indian tribes.

The state of Wisconsin and UW-Extension joined as partners, as well, and the cooperative result was a continuing contract for the University to develop and implement a comprehensive training program. The program also provides stipends to students who are preparing for careers in child welfare.

While the NEW Partnership and its professional staff focus mainly on continuing education for currently employed tribal and county child welfare workers, the center serves as a clearinghouse for information pertaining to children and families and child welfare services in the region.

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
The office of NASA's Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium is located on the campus. The Wisconsin Space Grant is dedicated to using the excitement of aerospace and the nation's space program to help provide Wisconsin students and citizens the math, science, engineering and technology tools they need to thrive in the 21st century. The consortium strives to be an agent for leadership, cooperation and change in Wisconsin aerospace education, research and industry. The program funds Wisconsin student and faculty research and higher education in aerospace science and technology through the National Space Grant Fellowship Program.

Campus Safety
The following information about safety, security, crime and crime prevention is on the campus Web site at

  • Alcohol and substance abuse information, prevention, and education programs
  • Crime prevention tips and safety programs
  • Crime reporting policies and procedures
  • Crime statistics from the past three years
  • Laws and campus policies governing alcohol and controlled substances
  • Sexual assault prevention, response, reporting and victim assistance services