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Everything You Need to Get Started

Learn about our admissions requirements, how we review applications, and how you can get started.

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Here is your step-by-step guide to applying to UW-Green Bay as a non-degree seeking student. We are here to walk through this process with you.

Let's get started.


Step 1: Prepare

How does it work? Here is what you need to know about applying to UW-Green Bay.

Summer or Winterim Session Only

Some students want to attend courses at UW-Green Bay only for the summer or winterim terms, and will use this option to transfer credits to another college where they are planning to complete a degree. Of course, any student wanting to use UW-Green Bay courses to fulfill requirements at another university should check with their primary university regarding how classes they take at UW-Green Bay will transfer.


These are students who have graduated from high school but have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree, and are not currently pursuing a degree at UW-Green Bay.

Post Baccalaureate Special

These are students who already have a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and would like to enroll in undergraduate or graduate level courses.

High School Students

Some high-achieving high school students want to get a jumpstart on college courses by taking classes at UW-Green Bay while in high school. Explore options for high school students.

Whatever your reason for being a Special Student, would love to have you take courses at UW-Green Bay.

We try to make the process for admission as a special student simple, but we do ask that you meet all of the requirements and criteria listed here.

Early College Credit Program - Typically, high school students are expected to meet the following guidelines:

  • Students enrolled in high school grades 11 or 12:
    • Be approved to participate in the program by your high school
    • Be approved by the Office of Admissions at UW-Green Bay (review is comprehensive and selective, and may include factors such as GPA – usually a minimum of 3.0; ACT/SAT scores, if available; rigor of high school curriculum, and the UW-Green Bay course desired)
    • Meet requirements for courses, such as having prerequisites completed or certain placement test scores
  • Students enrolled in high school grades 9 or 10:
    • Student and counselor should contact UW-Green Bay before applying and consult with an Admissions representative. 
    • After consulting with UW-Green Bay, an additional letter of recommendation may be required
Other Special Students

Typically, other Special Students should have graduated from high school at least two years prior to their desired entry term and be in good standing (academically and financially) at any previous institutions. Students who were previously denied admission to UW-Green Bay will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The two-year expectation may be waived for summer-only students.

Please note, Special Students are not eligible to receive financial aid through UW-Green Bay.

Step 2: Complete Your Application

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

Begin 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.

When you are asked the “Reason for Applying,” be sure to select “Special Student.” 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.

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

What else do we need?

Often, the completed application is the only information required for a special student. If we need more information, we will be sure to let you know.

  • For students who plan to participate in the Early College Credit Program, this UW System form must also be completed.

Review deadlines for non-degree seeking student applications.