The University of Wisconsin Green Bay, part of the terrific public university system in the state of Wisconsin, `combines a great academic program with a serene rural setting to create a fabulous learning experience. The University was established in 1965, previously acting as a two-year extension school of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Currently, the school has nearly 6,000 students, with three quarters of new students living in the campus’ beautiful apartments and residence halls (including bathrooms in each apartment and hall room, as opposed to communal bathrooms).
Compared to other state universities, UW-Green Bay has some modest admissions standards, with an ACT requirement of 21 and a high school average of 2.5 GPA as minimum requirements to admission. Once the student is admitted, however, there is a lot of help from the university staff toward getting acclimated to the unique environment. Aside from the UW-Green Bay Ambassadors and the tours given on a regular basis through campus, Preview Days and the Student Orientation program at the beginning of the summer semester make the new college student’s transition to college life much easier. As well, freshmen who live on campus get the college experience a week before the rest of the university starts up with sample classes taught by professors and programs all week long before the semester starts. The resident assistant staff and the housing office personnel are also responsible for getting students comfortable in their environment, with a broad array of events and programs to keep students active in their educational and social lives.
The campus life at UW-Green Bay is very active, with a great events hall in the Weidner Center, a small but strong theater program, a great athletics program, and an upcoming events and sports center (the Kress Center) to be finished within the next few years. The Weidner Center provides students and Green Bay community members with the opportunity to see Broadway quality plays, musical acts, speakers, and comedians (including the recent performance by comedian Jerry Seinfeld). The theater program puts on a great set of plays and musicals each year and the arts play a major role in the academic life on campus. The UW-Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team is a perennial power in the Horizon League and their softball and men’s basketball programs are popular on campus. Overall, there is a great deal to do for students when not in class or at work.
The academic programs at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay are diverse and the small class sizes (24:1 student to teacher ratio) allow for more hands-on learning for students. The major programs on campus are the Environmental Science/Policy and Planning Program (including a Master’s program), Education, Communications and the Arts, the Nursing program (in cooperation with the Bellin College of Nursing), and the Business Administration program (including Master’s program). While these programs make up the core of UW-Green Bay’s curriculum, the liberal arts programs at the university have been given short shrift in the past. The Human Development, Sociology, and Social Change and Development programs at the university have a very dedicated group of professors who are involved in the Green Bay community and are active in their respective academic fields. For most of the university’s academic fields, the professors and staff provide a great deal of value for the relatively low tuition price ($5,500 in state, $15,000 out of state).