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Direct Admit

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UW-Green Bay’s Promise to Green Bay Area Public Schools High School Graduates

UW-Green Bay is excited to partner with Green Bay Area Public Schools (GBAPS) on the first-in-the-state direct college admissions initiative by providing direct college admission to all high school graduating students in GBAPS district beginning in the fall of 2024. Simply put, students who graduate in 2024 and forward will do so with the knowledge that they have the opportunity to continue learning at their local university.

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Removing A Barrier

Taking away the need to complete an application

Through this direct admissions partnership, UW-Green Bay takes away the barrier of completing an application and instead, works with each student and their family to enroll at UW-Green Bay. This will include assessing financial need, special circumstances and providing each student with resources to ensure a successful experience after high school whether it be a degree program, certificate, non- credit option, or advice to begin at a technical college.

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Student Support

We are determined to have every student see education beyond high school as an option, and plan to support all students who want to further their education after they earn a high school diploma. This initiative speaks directly to GBAPS students who might not have thought of themselves as continuing their education after high school. We know some students have many great options to attend college.

This partnership, however, is primarily aimed at students who:

  • want or need to stay local for their education
  • cannot afford the cost of living in a dorm
  • want to work while they go to school
  • and who have a desire to continue to learn after high school

Resources for Counselors & Teachers

This partnership will also provide GBAPS school counselors and teachers with resources (inside the classroom engagement, dual-credit options, etc.) to ensure high school students are prepared to continue learning after high school. UW-Green Bay leadership and Career Coaches will further support the need for all students to be successful in high school, and foster positive momentum to stay dedicated and committed to high school coursework. Supporting GBAPS school counselors, UW-Green Bay will assess each student interested in further learning after high school, and provide the resources needed to be successful. As you know well, every student is unique; so too is their path forward.

Direct Admit Pilot

In 2023, UW-Green Bay is piloting this direct admit initiative, giving 31 local students direct admit access, and so far, 21 of these students have committed to attend UW-Green Bay. The other 10 have decided to attend a different college. Through this process, staff, faculty and students have put the work into breaking down barriers to higher education, providing effective student support, and ensuring that students are receiving the help they need specific to their circumstances, such as financial advisement, transportation, flexible class scheduling around work, childcare, etc.


With this partnership we are sincerely welcoming all students into the university. We are thinking differently about education for the benefit of our region and to raise the level of education within our communities. We want students to stay in Northeastern Wisconsin and we know this is a way we can help make that happen.

Fast facts

What you need to know about UW-Green Bay’s Direct Admission for Green Bay Area Public Schools


All Green Bay Area Public School students who have or will graduate from high school. Students interested in pursuing further learning opportunities now know we’re making it easier than ever to access a UW-Green Bay education. By eliminating the application process, they can begin working with UW-Green Bay Career Coaches now to assess and plan for best next steps.


UW-Green Bay will direct admit all 2024 high school seniors in Green Bay Area Public School District for the Fall 2024 semester. High schools include: Preble, Southwest, East, West, John Dewey Academy of Learning, Minoka-Hill and Northeast Wisconsin School of Innovation.

This will remove the need for them to apply. Instead, they will work with a Career Coach to find the right path and fit here, or at any other institution. Current high school juniors and their families can begin to prepare now for enrollment by continuing to do well in high school courses and exploring all that UW-Green Bay has to offer at


One University, 4 locations. The direct admit program is applicable at any one of our four locations (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc, Sheboygan) however we acknowledge that the majority of students will be attending classes on the Green Bay campus.


When Timeline
February 13, 2023 Community announcement
Spring 2023 School Counselor training as part of the district’s professional development day, hosted by NWTC
Summer/Fall 2023 GBAPS Class of ’24 students begin verbally committing to UW-Green Bay
September 2024 Students begin college classes


Direct College Admission into UW-Green Bay: no application needed; instead students will move right into the enrollment process. Our admissions team will meet with and support students and their families and answer questions throughout the enrollment process.


Because this is the right thing to do for students and the communities we serve. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community is dedicated to opening doors for the students in Green Bay Area Public Schools as we increase our support for the tremendous work that all of our educators provide in the community.

Participating Schools

High schools in the Green Bay Area Public School District

Green Bay East High School
Green Bay West High School
Green Bay Prebel High School
Green Bay Southwest High School
Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill Alternative Schoo
Northeast Wisconsin School of Innovation
John Dewey Academy of Learning

We are committed.

This is one more step in our mission to ensure that all students - no matter age, race, gender, socioeconomic status—have the opportunity to learn.

To learn more about what your local university has already begun to open access to further learning opportunities, please check out the:

Also read Chancellor Michael Alexander’s continued commitment to our community via his:

Jennifer Jones Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management

More Information

We're here to support the educational success of all students. To find out more, please contact Jen Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. Call (920) 465-2165 or email

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