In Depth Institutional Profile
A UW-Green Bay Education
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a regional comprehensive university with exceptional facilities, a dynamic atmosphere and a campuswide commitment to 360° of Learning.
A recent comprehensive review of the University that included extensive focus groups and surveys established that the institution is best known for:
- Excellence in teaching
- Students’ ability to connect with internationally recognized faculty
- Students engaging in applied learning experiences
- A welcoming, friendly campus community
UW-Green Bay enrolls about 6,700 students.
Founded in 1965, the University has one of the most modern and attractive campuses in the tradition-rich University of Wisconsin System. The setting is safe, scenic and comfortable, with wooded trails, a nine-hole golf course and a million-dollar view of the bay.
‘360° of Learning’
The solutions to challenging problems require a multi-dimensional understanding of the world — a 360° perspective. 360° of Learning at UW-Green Bay is a comprehensive educational experience that offers students multiple perspectives and viewpoints, through a purposeful, interdisciplinary curriculum, and connects students to exceptional faculty and internationally recognized scholars.
UW-Green Bay provides an ideal learning environment on a beautiful campus with superb classroom and laboratory facilities, supplemented by a rich array of engaging co-curricular and leadership development experiences. The opportunity to apply learning to real-world problems through traditional and online classes and degree programs, and to pursue internships, research and independent study, prepares students for rewarding careers.
UW-Green Bay is structured in a way educators describe as "interdisciplinary." Academic programs are grouped not by narrow departments or a single discipline (or field of study) but by practical areas of interest. A more thorough exploration of the University’s approach to academics, the liberal arts tradition and serving the common good can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog, online.
Programs of Study
A comprehensive university, UW-Green Bay offers undergraduate majors and minors in approximately 45 fields of study. Additionally, dozens of “areas of emphasis” provide opportunities for specialization, and the University offers about 20 pre-professional tracks or certificate programs. A lists of majors, minors and areas of emphasis can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
UW-Green Bay grants degrees at the master’s, bachelor’s and associate levels:
- Bachelor of Applied Studies (B.A.S.)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
- Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
- Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
- Bachelor of Science Nursing (B.S.N.)
- Master's in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning (M.S.)
- Master's in Environmental Science and Policy (M.S.)
- Master of Management (M.S.)
- Master's in Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Systems (M.S.)
- Master's in Sustainable Management (M.S.)
- Master of Social Work (a collaborative M.S.W. with UW-Oshkosh)
- Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.S.)
(The University also has authority to grant the honorary doctorate in Science, Laws, Humanities or Humane Letters.)
University mission and history
UW-Green Bay stands apart within the University of Wisconsin System with its distinctive academic plan. For a summary of the University's mission and proud history — along with an assortment of lesser-known facts — see history at a glance.
UW-Green Bay is heavily invested in state-of-the-art learning technology and facilities for students. The high-tech classroom building Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and a completely renovated Laboratory Sciences Building are centerpieces. The eight-story Cofrin Library at the center of campus is regarded among the finest in the state. Other notable features include attractive on-campus housing (every room with a private bath), and one of the nation’s best on-campus concert halls, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The Kress Events Center is a sparkling new addition, offering the best in fitness and recreation facilities and a 4,000-seat hall for games and concerts. Also popular with students is an enclosed concourse system: Major academic buildings are connected to the Library and each other, making building-to-building travel easy in all kinds of weather. More details on academic facilities are online.
A picture-perfect campus
The University enjoys a park-like setting overlooking Lake Michigan’s bay of Green Bay. At roughly one square mile, the campus is among the largest in the state. Much of the acreage is devoted to natural areas, with the central campus bordered on one side by the bay and on the other by a wooded ridge known as the Niagara Escarpment. A tower atop the ridge offers a bird’s-eye view. Click here for a virtual tour of the UW-Green Bay campus and its buildings.
Faculty: Teaching is the primary focus
UW-Green Bay has about 180 full-time faculty members. Ad hoc, or part-time instructors push the full-time-equivalent count to more than 200. There are few, if any, teaching assistants. Senior professors teach courses for freshmen and sophomores as well as upper-level courses. They engage in interesting and varied research but have teaching as their primary focus. UW-Green Bay values accessibility and encourages teachers to advise students, involve them in their research, and be available to them beyond class hours. Of full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty members, 97 percent hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
Encouraged to connect to the community, UW-Green Bay students find plenty of internship and employment opportunities in the fast-growing Green Bay/Fox Cities corridor. With a diverse metropolitan population of about 250,000, Green Bay is the heart of a region of nearly one million people extending across much of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Healthcare, insurance and tourism have been growth sectors for a local economy that also benefits from papermaking, manufacturing and food processing. Green Bay is world famous for the Packers, NFL football and the acclaimed renovation of historic Lambeau Field. The community boasts well-tended parks and historic neighborhoods, excellent museums and theaters, and an international seaport at the mouth of the Fox River. Popular family attractions include the historic Bay Beach amusement park, a wildlife sanctuary, a zoo, a state historic park, a botanic garden, and the cultural and entertainment offerings of the nearby Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The Green Bay area is a gateway to some of the Midwest’s favorite vacation destinations in Door County and Wisconsin’s Northwoods.
A vibrant campus
UW-Green Bay is rich in activities connecting students with new friends, classmates and the University itself. About 40 percent of the student body resides on campus. Students find an abundance of leisure-time options, including Top 25 NCAA Division I women’s basketball and performances by touring acts at the Weidner Center. Elected and volunteer leadership opportunities exist through the Student Government Association. The student Good Times Programming organization provides social, cultural, recreational and educational programming. Students find recent Hollywood blockbusters and college classics on the popular film series, and acts including comedians, hypnotists and up-and-coming bands on the concert calendar. More than 100 clubs and organizations focus on special interests. These range from campus television and the weekly student newspaper to environmental, service, sports and cultural groups. Get more details on university life.
Cultural diversity is an area of emphasis at UW-Green Bay. The International Center is a campus resource, as is the American Intercultural Center, which serves as a home for student organizations serving African-American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian-American and Southeast Asian students. Every UW-Green Bay student is required to complete ethnic and world-culture requirements involving either on-campus courses or credit for international travel. Most students are from Wisconsin and other Midwest states, but in a typical year the University enrolls individuals from three dozen states and about that many foreign nations. Students are encouraged to consider exchange programs, international travel and participation in campus and community multicultural events to broaden their perspectives. U.S. students of color make up more than 10 percent of the student body. Learn more about the campus areas of diversity.
Tuition, fees, financial aid and affordability
Costs to attend UW-Green Bay are near the national average for a four-year public institution and far below the average for private institutions. 2012-13 tuition and fees were roughly $7,650 for Wisconsin residents and $15,225 for nonresidents. Minnesota residents pay University of Minnesota tuition rates. Financial aid awards are based on need and use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with a March 15 priority date. Academic and athletic scholarships are available. Nearly 80 percent of bachelor's degree students completed the 2012 FAFSA; their median family income was $55,000. More than 1,000 students typically find part-time jobs on campus, and the community offers a wide variety of employment opportunities. For more information go to Financial Aid.
How to apply
Undergraduate admission decisions are made on a rolling basis; early application is recommended. Students may call (920) 465-2111 for information, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic admission criteria are graduation from high school, completion of seventeen prescribed academic high school units, and a record of scholastic achievement. See the Admissions website for detailed description of criteria used for admissions requirements.