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Join the next class of resilient problem-solvers, fearless dreamers, fun-seekers and forward-looking achievers. Learn about our admissions requirements, how we review applications, and how you can get started.

Here is your step-by-step guide to applying to UW-Green Bay. We are here to walk through this process with you. If you have questions about the effect of the COVID pandemic on your application, consult our resources

Step 1: Prepare to Apply

You are more than a GPA and a test score. We want to evaluate you as a person who will learn, grow, and contribute to our campus. To do this, we review your academic background as well as your involvement, skills, and other information you provide.

Here are the admissions guidelines that help us determine a student's likelihood of success at UW-Green Bay:

There are four pieces in a completed application:
  1. The online UW System application.

  2. A $25 application fee.
    Fee waivers are also available for eligible students.

  3. Your official high school transcripts.
    You can request from your high school's counseling office. We accept e-transcripts, which can be sent to, as well as paper transcripts, which can be sent to:

    UW-Green Bay Admissions
    2420 Nicolet Drive
    Green Bay, WI 54311

  4. Optional: Your official ACT or SAT scores.
    Test scores are not required for your application to be reviewed. You are welcome to provide test scores as a part of your holistically reviewed application. See more under "How to Prepare with Test Scores."

    What if I can't provide one of these required materials because of the COVID pandemic?

How you prepare in high school matters.

The best way to determine if you are likely to do well at UW-Green Bay is to review your performance in high school, including your grades in challenging college prep courses.

That's why we require minimum college preparatory units to be considered for admission. Most students complete more than these minimum units.

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of math (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra or the equivalent integrated coursework)
  • 3 units of social science
  • 4 other electives

Many high school students have the opportunity to take honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or even college courses while enrolled in high school. These are the types of rigorous courses we are looking for. The more challenging the coursework you complete in high school, the more likely you are to be successful in college. Have questions about what courses you should take in high school? Ask us! Contact us to connect with an advisor.

All applications to UW-Green Bay undergo a careful holistic review for admission decisions. Students can be reviewed for admission to UW-Green Bay without providing test scores. We want all students to have the opportunity to have access to and be successful as a UW-Green Bay student, understanding that some students may not be able to provide test scores.
ACT/SAT scores may be used for scholarship awarding, prerequisite (a prior condition requirement), major requirements and placement decisions.
UW-Green Bay accepts ACT/SAT scores from the testing organization and/or from students’ official high school transcripts.

In addition to your academic background, we value the skills you develop by taking leadership in extracurricular activities, working, and volunteering in your community. In your application, you will have an opportunity to tell us about your involvements; you can start thinking now about how you describe your activities.

Please stay involved! The teamwork, leadership, time management and work ethic displayed in your involvement may be an important part of your application.

Give us the full story

Stuff happens in high school. Sometimes it's things we could have avoided and sometimes it's not. The essay on the application has a place for you to tell us your story. There are often factors that influence your academic background that aren't visible on your transcript, and contributions you can make to UW-Green Bay that we only know if you tell us. It's important that you communicate with us about any special circumstances that impacted your performance in high school. Please take the time to tell us about:

  • Your academic successes
  • Your academic challenges and how you overcame them
  • Why and how you believe you will succeed at UW-Green Bay
  • How you will contribute to our campus

If you need assistance in writing your essays, our advisors will be happy to assist you. Contact us.

Letters of recommendation are not required as part of the application package, but they can be very helpful if you are on the “bubble” for admission. If you think you need a little extra evidence that you are going to be successful in a certain subject area, or overall, a letter of recommendation from a person who can attest to your ability to be successful in the classroom can be helpful.

The UW System provides a very useful Letter of Recommendation form which UW-Green Bay encourages you to use. The form outlines the most valuable information in the applicant review process, and for this reason, it is the most useful recommendation counselors, educators, and other mentors can provide to our institution. This form may also be used as a guide for the development of a traditional letter of recommendation.

Have your recommender send the letter or recommendation form to our team at, and be sure they put your full name and date of birth on the email so we can accurately match it up with the right application. These letters need to be sent to us shortly after you submit your application. We like to make admissions decisions quickly, so please ask for those letters early and make sure your recommenders can send it in a timely fashion.

We care about student success. That's why UW-Green Bay offers a program for students who may not have the strongest academic preparation/proven success in high school but have potential for future success at UW-Green Bay. For these students, admission to UW-Green Bay may be conditional upon their participation in the GPS program. Students will be notified at the time of admission that they are required to participate in GPS. Learn more about the GPS program.

Step 2: Complete Your Application

Now is a great time to complete your application. Review our helpful hints, how to begin, and what to do after completing the application.

Start Your Application

Your first step will be completing the UW System Online Application. This is a common application for most UW universities. Under the list of institutions, select “UW-Green Bay” to apply to our campus.

We also recommend that you read our helpful hints for completing your application.

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Helpful Hints

We want you to put your best foot forward in your application. So, the least we can do is give you some hints for preparing your application.

  • Be sure to use the latest, most up-to-date version of your browser when filling out the application. If you are having trouble viewing the application, try updating your browser or using a different browser.
  • If you are using a mobile device to fill out the application and you encounter a problem, try switching to a desktop/laptop computer.
  • Be sure to list your entire senior year courses. We will need to review your high school courses in progress in order to evaluate your application. You will need to provide us a complete list of the courses you are taking or planning to take during your senior year. Providing this information will help us process your application in a timely fashion, so we encourage you to provide the complete list, even if it will be provided on your high school transcript.
  • Do your homework. Be sure to learn about our campus before applying, and use what you learn when you write your application essay. You tell us your story, and show us how you will contribute to our campus academically and as a member of our community. Visiting campus is a great way to prepare for your application. Learn more about scheduling a visit.

Stuck? Ask for help. You can contact us to speak with an advisor about completing the application. We are here to help.

Step 3: Check Status

We don't want to leave you hanging…

We want you to know what happens after you apply.

A few days after submitting your online application, you will receive an email message from the Admissions Office with the information needed to check the status of your application.

This status check will tell you where your application is in the review process. Specifically, you can learn how to complete your application, or if your application is complete and being processed by our Admissions Staff.

Check Status

Three Potential Admission Decisions

  1. One possibility is that you will be admitted. You will get a thick envelope in the mail containing a lot of information, including your UW-Green Bay email address and instructions for your next steps. You can find more details on the Admitted Students page.
  2. Another possibility is that you get a letter or phone call stating that we need additional information. During the review process, the Admissions Review Committee sometimes determines that more information is needed to make a decision on a student's application. Our advisors will assist you with your next steps.
  3. The third possibility is that admission might be denied. If you want to submit additional information that you think we did not take into consideration during our decision, feel free to do so. We call this an “appeal” of the decision. If admission is denied, our advisors would like to discuss your options for continuing your education. For example, you may be interested in starting your college work elsewhere with the intention of transferring to UW-Green Bay. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you work out a strategy for starting your college career and ultimately becoming a UW-Green Bay student.

What if I need to cancel my application?

We're sorry if you need to cancel your application, and hope we will be able to serve you in the future. If you do need to cancel your application, you can do so by completing the online cancel form. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, and last four digits of your Social Security number so that we may verify your identity.

Your Checklist

What to Send Us 2021 High School Grads 2022 High School Grads
Optional: ACT or SAT Scores Now (not required) Now (not required)
High School Transcripts Now Beginning August 1, 2021
Online Application Now Beginning August 1, 2021
Application Fee or Waiver Now Beginning August 1, 2021
Letters of Recommendation Now Beginning August 1, 2021

Review all Admissions Deadlines for further information.

Using the chart above, you can see when you can begin each step in the application process based on your year of graduation. UW-Green Bay has a rolling admissions process. This means we will accept qualified students until we are full or until we reach the calendar deadline. It usually takes us about 2 weeks to review applications.

Feeling Lost?

Your advisor wants to assist you with the application process. Contact us with your questions.

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