Office of Admission

Admissions Guidelines

You are more than a GPA and a test score. Read on to find out how UW-Green Bay does an evaluation of your application.

High School Preparation

UW-Green Bay wants to admit students who will successfully graduate from UWGB. The best way to determine if you’re likely to graduate is to ensure that you’ve had a rigorous college prep background and that you’ve been successful in those courses.

While there are minimum credit requirements to be considered for admission (listed below), most UWGB freshmen complete more than those minimum credit requirements. The minimum credit requirements are:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 credits of science
  • 3 credits of math (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra or the equivalent integrated coursework)
  • 3 credits of social science
  • 2 academic electives (from the areas of English, science, math, social science or foreign language)
  • 2 other electives (from the above areas and/or fine arts, computer science, business or other areas)

The freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2012 had an average of 4 units from each of the core subject areas (English, science, math, and social science). In addition, incoming freshmen had an average of 3 years of foreign language. Students who complete only the minimums listed above will be below average in the freshman class, and will be at a distinct competitive disadvantage.

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. The Admissions Review Committee looks very favorably upon this type of rigor. The more challenging the coursework you complete in high school, the more likely you are to be successful in college.

After we look at the types of courses you took in high school we consider many other factors:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Core academic grade point average
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Strength of your college-preparatory curriculum in high school
  • Upward or downward trend in grades
  • Leadership and extra/co-curricular participation
  • Special talent/circumstances
  • Socio-economic background
  • Your personal statement on the application
  • Letters of Recommendation (if submitted)
  • Other materials requested as part of the application process

We know you’re probably looking for something more definitive about your chances of admission to UWGB. We put together a chart (below) that uses a combination of GPA and ACT to tell you the percentage of fall 2012 applicants who were admitted within those ranges. Find your GPA along the left and your ACT score along the bottom. Where those lines meet is the percentage of people who were admitted to UW-Green Bay in the fall of 2012 within those ranges. Remember: You are more than a formula, and this information is given simply to give you an idea of what might happen.

As you can see, there are some people with high GPAs or ACTs who were not admitted. Conversely, we sometimes admit students with lower GPAs and ACTs. We look at the whole student and everything you submit in your application to make a decision.

Test Scores

As part of the application process, UWGB requires that you submit your ACT or SAT scores. Your official scores must be sent from the testing agency. The best and cheapest way to send us your scores is to designate UW-Green Bay as a score recipient when you sign up to take the test. That way, after you complete the test, the scores are sent directly to us and we will keep them on file. If you didn’t designate UW-Green Bay to receive your scores, you will need to do a special request to have them sent.

Below is the contact information to have your scores sent to us:

UWGB’s college code is 4688

UWGB’s college code is 1859

If you’ve taken the test more than once, it’s okay. For admission, we look for your best composite score. Go ahead; when you register for the test, request that we get your scores. You can be confident that we will always look for the scores that give you the best chances for admission.

Personal Statements & Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not required as part of the application package, but they can be very helpful if you’re on the “bubble” for admission. (See “special circumstances” on this page for more info.) If you think you need a little extra evidence that you’re 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 recommends using. 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, but make sure they put your full name and date of birth on the email so we make sure to 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 when you need it sent.

Special Circumstances

Stuff happens in high school. Sometimes it’s things we could have avoided and sometimes it’s not. It’s important that you communicate with us about any special circumstances that impacted your performance in high school. The personal statement on the application has a spot for you to tell us your story. There is also a program called Phoenix Start for students who do not meet admissions guidelines but have potential for future success. Phoenix Start accepts a limited number of students. Please contact us if you want to know more about Phoenix Start at 920-465-2111 or