For students considering social work, the faculty strongly recommends that you come to a group advising appointment to find out more about the program, required support courses, and the admissions process. Contact the social work office at (920) 465-2049 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
The Admissions Process
Declaring social work as a major at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay begins with a formal application process. Students who want to choose a social work major usually complete the application process during their sophomore year. Students complete the program in a cohort group, and all students begin the program in the fall semester.
Admissions applications are reviewed two times during the year to admit students for the fall semester. Applications are due by 4:30pm on:
- The last Friday in February
- The last Friday in May
A few slots are reserved for the MAY admissions date to insure that transfer students have the opportunity to apply and get accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make the February deadline.
Conditions that Applicants Must Meet for Admission
- Applicants must first be admitted to UW-Green Bay;
- Applicants must demonstrate they will have completed at least 48 credits or the equivalent (taken at or transferred into UW Green Bay) before beginning social work courses in the fall (note: transcripts must demonstrate this criterion will be met in order to be eligible to apply).
- Applicants need a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all post high school academic work taken in the last five years;
- Applicants need to have completed at least four BSW support courses with a “C” average before beginning social work courses in the fall, one of those courses must be ENG COMP 105.
Content of the Electronic Admissions Application
The Admissions Packet includes:
- Directions asking you to document your work and volunteer history after high school;
- Directions for completing the personal statement that must accompany the packet;
- Reference Letter Forms that must be completed by two references (one academic reference and one from a work or volunteer supervisor).
- Unofficial transcripts of all course work taken at UWGB; All transfer students must submit Unofficial transcripts from previous schools.
It has recently come to our attention that the electronic format of the BSW application is not necessarily compatible with Apple Mac computers. If you are unable to access a PC to submit your application, contact Theresa Mullen at email@example.com or 920-465-2049 no later than 3:30 on Friday, February 27, 2016. Theresa will provide you with an alternative option for submitting your application.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
Considerations for Admission
The application process is competitive and an admissions cap limits the number of students that can be admitted to the Program. The social work faculty will consider the following criteria when making decisions on admission:
- Cumulative GPA;
- Evidence of prior work and volunteer experiences relevant to social work practice;
- Relevant letters of reference reflecting on your abilities, qualities, and/or previous experiences that are related to social work;
- Whether your personal statement reflects an understanding of social work and includes professional goals that fit well with social work values and mission;
- Whether your applications reflects communication and organizational skills that are needed in professional practice.
No Credit for Life Experience
The BSW Program does not give academic credit for life experience or previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of any courses including field practicum.
Further detail on admission policies and procedures is included in the Student Handbook.
Criminal Background and Caregiver Background Checks
Criminal background and caregiver background checks may be required for your field placement and are a required component of obtaining Social Work certification/licensing in Wisconsin.
As a general policy, the agency in which a student will be conducting her or his placement will complete these checks, often for a fee. In some situations, the agency will require the
student to have UW Green Bay conduct the checks. In such instances, a student will request, and pay for, the service at the Office of Public Safety (OPS). When the checks are completed,
the student will retrieve the reports from OPS and provide directly to the agency. Students who have resided in states other than Wisconsin since the age of 18 will also be required to
complete an out-of-state background check and pay additional fees. Students are encouraged to apply for their checks a minimum of three weeks before they are scheduled to begin a field
A student may be denied access to a placement site based on the nature of past offences. Certain offences may also prevent a student from being certified or licensed as a professional social worker and/or the ability to work in certain agency settings. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is the credentialing organization for the state of Wisconsin. According to the DSPS, “a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to licensure. Conviction reviews will occur on a case-by-case basis. See Wis. Stats. S.457.26(2).” If you have questions about how your criminal background may impact your placement or certification/licensing options, you are encouraged to talk with a Social Work Advisor and/or contact the DSPS directly.
Outcome of the Admissions Process
Students are notified about their admissions status within four weeks of the admissions deadline.
Students admitted to the program will be required to complete and submit the Caregiver Background Check & $25 fee within 2 weeks of receiving acceptance letter.
Students admitted to the program will attend a Junior Orientation Meeting prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Students who were not admitted to the program can call for an advising appointment to discuss their application. A student maybe advised to revise and strengthen the application for the summer admissions date or following year's review.