UW-Green Bay provides excellent preparation for professional study in a variety of specialized fields.

This being the case, it is worth noting there are no separate listings in the majors-and-minors section of this catalog for pre-professional programs.

That is because UW-Green Bay avoids the designations pre-law, pre-med or “pre-anything” for specific undergraduate majors and minors. Instead, the institution encourages students to tailor their own pre-professional courses of study with the aid of knowledgeable academic advisers.

This puts the University in the higher education mainstream which holds that the best approach to pre-professional study involves flexibility.

For instance, while it is common to hear college students identify themselves as “pre-law,” it typically means only that they plan to apply to a law school. Few universities anywhere offer an actual undergraduate major titled “pre-law.” At those that do, the prescribed course of study represents only an opinion as to the most favored path; those most knowledgeable of law-school admission practices maintain there is no such advantage.

Preparation for medical school admission is another example. A rigid menu of recommended courses might actually interfere with a student’s ability to discover a special interest, excel and achieve academic distinction that otherwise would have enhanced his or her application for admission. In addition, most medical schools accept candidates from a relatively wide range of undergraduate majors. Preferred academic preparation will vary from school to school, and admissions board to admissions board.

In select fields of study, students may — through careful planning with the help of a knowledgeable adviser — develop a one-, two- or three-year course of study in preparation for transfer into a professional program. In many fields, however, the typical path involves choice of an appropriate undergraduate major and supporting courses, completion of a bachelor’s degree, and pursuit of graduate-level studies.

It is important to remember that completion of any undergraduate program does not guarantee later admission to a professional school.

Admission to professional schools is competitive and is based upon a combination of requirements that includes grade point average, program-specific admission tests, letters of recommendations and, in many cases, related experience outside the classroom. It is a student’s responsibility to contact the professional school for current information regarding requirements and application deadlines.

For more information about preprofessional programs of study at UW-Green Bay, contact the Academic Advising Office at 920-465-2362 or advising@uwgb.edu..