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University Life

Housing for Students

photo of university residence halls with students in front of buildingsNearly 2,000 students live on campus. Exceptional on-campus housing is a top attraction for prospective students.

UW-Green Bay’s Residence Life complex offers students plenty of extras. With no building taller than three stories and most having only a dozen rooms per floor, comfort and convenience go hand-in-hand. Most units are new, and all have private baths. Students have the flexibility of three options: apartment, residence hall or "apartment suites" units. Apartment suites offer private bedrooms, large kitchen and living areas, and other amenities. Rooms are computer-ready with high-speed hookups to the Internet and campus network.

Professional staff members oversee the Residence Life facilities and each building has resident assistants — upper-level students with special training and knowledge about the campus and community. All buildings have laundry facilities. A centrally located community building has lounge, recreation, conference and computer rooms, with a 5,000-square-foot addition new for 2004-05. Outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, picnic tables and grills, and the Phoenix Sports Center are located nearby. Those who want to rent apartments or houses in the community can contact the Dean of Students Office for lists of rental properties and other students seeking roommates.

University Dining

University Dining Services offers a variety of food choices. Many dining plans are available to students, commuter students, faculty and staff in a wide range of appetites. Note: students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a dining plan. Meal plans may be purchased by visiting the information desk in the University Union.

  • The Marketplace in Leona Cloud Commons, located in the University Union, is an all you care to eat venue with home-cooked comfort foods, soups, salads and sandwiches, international dining and desserts.
  • The Phoenix Club is home to Rustic Range grill and the student’s choice venue that changes each semester.
  • Common Grounds Coffeehouse has a full coffeehouse beverage menu and some light foods.
  • The Garden Café, at the center of campus on the first level of the Cofrin Library, features crEATe; food made fresh, and grab and go items for your convenience.
  • MAC Hall coffee cart is located on the second floor of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall with snacks, grab-n-go items and beverages.
  • Corner Store n’ More is on the second floor of the University Union. It has a nice selection of grocery and convenience store items.
  • Rosewood Café serves Rose and Wood halls with grab and go sandwiches, soups, snacks and beverages.

Retail Services

UW-Green Bay is a short drive or bus ride to nearby shopping and the city's developing downtown entertainment district. On campus, the Phoenix Bookstore is the source for books, classroom supplies, clothing, gifts and other items. The University Union's Corner Store has a selection of foods, health and beauty aids, and housekeeping supplies. Also available on campus are automated teller machines and a branch of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union

Health Care  

The Counseling and Health Center provides an on-campus medical clinic and on-campus counseling on personal and social concerns. Health services include the assessment of illness and injury; over-the-counter medications, information on health related issues, allergy injections, tuberculosis skin testing, routine immunizations and immunizations needed for travel abroad, laboratory testing, reproductive health care, student heath insurance and equipment loan. The office is open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with services available to all UW-Green Bay students.

Student Employment  

Students who want to work part time while attending UW-Green Bay find help through the Student Employment Office. The office posts openings for Federal Work Study positions, as well as other openings for part-time work that becomes available on campus or in the community.

University ID Services

The student photo identification card at UW-Green Bay is known as a University ID card. It provides access to a variety of University services and, if a student chooses to use it as such, may also serve as a debit card. For example, as an ID, the card enables a student to check out books at the Library, use Kress Events Center facilities, and gain access to his or her residence hall. A student who wishes to deposit money in his or her Pass Point accounts can use the card to purchase merchandise and services ranging from bookstore materials to laundry services to food service.

Local Transportation

UW-Green Bay students living off campus may use the metropolitan bus system, which provides service to and from campus weekdays and on Saturdays. Students who drive to campus purchase semester or full-year parking permits for the use of campus lots.

Public Safety  

UW-Green Bay is considered a quiet campus with a very low crime rate in a safe and low-crime community. To help assure the safety and security of people and property on campus, the University provides coverage by its own staff of officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information about safety, security, campus policies, crime statistics and crime prevention is available by contacting the Office of Public Safety in the Instructional Services Building, or accessing the Web site.


The University provides a variety of gallery settings for presentation of visual arts, including the Lawton Gallery in Theatre Hall and the student-managed 407 Gallery in the Studio Arts Building. They complement the University's academic program by presenting quality examples of professional artwork produced by state, regional and national artists, and by exhibiting the work of faculty members and top students. The gallery program also offers lectures, artist workshops and residencies, and opportunities for arts management internships.

University Union

The University Union provides the campus community with facilities, services and programs to enhance the quality of university life. More than just a building, the Union fosters an environment in which the campus community learns outside of the classroom, through recreational, social and civic involvement, cultural opportunities, and service and support aimed at connecting free-time activity with educational study. The Union houses dining services, student organizations, study areas, University ID Services, the University Information Center, University Ticketing Services, a recreation area, many other conveniences, and is home to hundreds of campus events and activities each year. A student can get involved in this important part of campus life as an organization leader, a volunteer, an employee, a program participant, an event spectator or a customer.

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and University Theatre  

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts brings visiting artists and performers to the campus and provides a professional setting and world-class acoustics for student and faculty performances.

While tickets for touring productions reflect market rates, a variety of seating and pricing options are frequently available. UW-Green Bay students have access to "rush tickets" — remaining tickets sold at bargain prices just before curtain time for selected performances.

UW-Green Bay's solid reputation in theatre and music has built a following for student and faculty performances, as well. Campus productions in the Weidner Center's main hall, its recital halls, or in the 450-seat University Theatre offer price discounts for UW-Green Bay students.

Student organizations, student activities  

photo of two of the editors working on an edition of The Fourth EstateThrough co-curricular involvement and campus activities, students learn and demonstrate skills, expand their college educational experiences, and just have fun. Students initiate leisure programs through Good Times Programming and other campus organizations. These include films, live entertainment, dances, theme weeks, trips and tournaments. Professional staff members in the Student Life Office provide advice and leadership training to individual students and the student organizations that plan activities.

In a typical year about 100 clubs and organizations are active on campus. These include club sports, Greek clubs, media, music, athletics, cultural awareness, arts and humanities, religious, student government, political and professional, career-oriented groups. UW-Green Bay has a variety of special interest groups offering service, political involvement and leisure-time activities and the chance to work on environmental interests or social action and change. Students are responsible for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. Sheepshead Revue is the student-edited literary publication.

Student Leadership

The Student Government Association is the student governance body and is composed of all registered students. Leadership is provided by several subgroups: Student Senate, Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee (SUFAC), Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA), and Good Times Programming. Student Senate is the legislative branch, with authority to help make and review policies concerning student life on campus. Members of SUFAC manage the allocation of student fees to student organizations and programs. RHAA members organize special programs for on-campus residents and work with University administrators to develop campus housing policies. Good Times Programming plans social, cultural, educational and recreational events.

Student Performers

Campus music, theatre and dance ensembles offer entertainment as well as opportunities for student performers regardless of their academic majors. Participating students can earn general education credit for their work.

Auditions and enrollment in a credit course are required for most instrumental music groups, including percussion, brass and woodwind ensembles, jazz ensembles, the Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, and the New Music Ensemble. The same is true for choral groups including Concert Choir and Phoenix Chorale. Students may perform in the Phoenix Pep Band.
The University Theatre presents several faculty-directed mainstage productions each year, including musicals, drama and comedies. Alternate Theatre, which is a student group, and a formal studio program through the theatre department, give students the chance to write and direct as well as act. In these programs, students can participate in set construction, scene painting, lighting, costume design, publicity, and other tasks. Dance program participants may also take part in theatre productions and perform at athletic events.

Student and faculty music recitals and poetry and prose readings are additional events on the calendar of entertainment and cultural programs.

Intramurals, Recreation and Athletics

Depending on the season, students can bicycle, jog or skate along arboretum trails, play golf, sun at a waterfront park, or cross-country ski, all without leaving the UW-Green Bay campus. State parks and other recreation areas are a short drive away in the Green Bay community and the Door County resort area nearby.

The Kress Events Center is the campus center of intramural and athletic-related activity. The recent upgrade to the facility includes an arena with a seating capacity of approximately 4,000. The multipurpose playing surface is the home court for the highly successful women's basketball team and a practice court for the men's team. It also includes an indoor running track, multipurpose courts for tennis, volleyball and intramural basketball, swimming and diving pools, and facilities for cardiovascular and aerobic activities. The Kress Events Center also houses an eight-lane indoor swimming pool. Outdoor tennis courts, softball diamonds, and soccer and all-purpose playing fields are located near the Center and student housing. Aerobic classes and an intramural schedule of softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and flag football highlight a large range of on-campus activities for students.

Shorewood Golf Course  

A nine-hole public golf course just north of the student housing complex is a gem enjoyed by campus and community alike. Compact greens and heavily wooded fairways present a challenge. Season packages are available for UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff.

Phoenix Athletics

UW-Green Bay teams compete in NCAA Division I, bringing major-college competition and national attention to campus. The men's and women's basketball teams have combined for 13 NCAA and four NIT tournament appearances since 1990, and the Phoenix women have a streak of consecutive winning seasons dating to the mid-1970s. The women’s volleyball team qualified for last year’s NCAA tournament. UW-Green Bay's swimming and diving teams and members of the tennis team have won conference championships. Nordic ski team members consistently earn opportunities to compete in NCAA and U.S. Ski Association national championships by their success in regional and conference races. Scholarship sports on campus are basketball, cross-country running, Nordic skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis for men and women; women's softball and volleyball, and men's and women's golf.