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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is one of the preeminent institutions integrating the 13 degree-granting schools that make up the University of Wisconsin System. Located near the shore of Lake Michigan, the school—which coincidentally was founded with an environmental focus in mind—presents one of the most appealing campuses in the state and the region of the country, with first caliber facilities.

Founded in 1965, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has expanded beyond its initial green focus to offer undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide variety of areas. Situated in the middle of the vibrant city of Green Bay, the student body has the benefit of being able to take advantage of the active cultural scene and the splendid natural settings (particularly the vastness of Lake Michigan).


As mentioned, the school started out with a manifest purpose of environmentally-conscious education, and this tradition is enshrined in their Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy degree program. Nonetheless, the institution has branched out over the years and currently provides degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels in a variety of fields.

At the undergraduate level, the most popular majors in recent years include: Business Administration, Psychology, Human Development, History and Communication (among several others).

The school’s academic programs are backed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which has given it a full 10-year accreditation. In addition to the recognition and backing of this nationally respected body, the University of Wisconsin offers academic programs with individual accreditations/approvals from specific associations or societies. These include:

  • the Chemistry major, accredited by the American Chemical Society
  • the Nursing major, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • the Social Work major and master’s program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

All told, undergraduate students have more than 30 different majors and minors to choose from, and within these programs there are an additional 64 areas of emphasis that help specialize the study programs even more, improving graduates’ chances of professional insertion after leaving the institution.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a largely in-state school, meaning that a large majority of students are from Wisconsin itself, with Minnesotans coming in a distant second. Though demographics are constantly demonstrating minor fluctuations, there usually tends to be a higher proportion of female students to male students, which is in line with national university trends.

The school is primarily focused on undergraduate programs, which makes it no surprise that most students are young, completing some type of undergraduate course offered by the institution (see Academics section below). The majority of the student body is enrolled with the university on a full-time basis; a fair amount of them live on the campus itself, while more than half of the student body resides on off-campus housing. Freshmen in particular tend to have the highest on-campus residency rates.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, while not among the most diverse schools in the nation, does have students from several foreign nations and minority groups (whether foreign or not). Both the school and the surrounding community have placed an emphasis on boosting appreciation of diversity, and students recur to the university’s International Center as well as the American Intercultural Center, where minority student organizations can find support and develop their activities.

Second only to its outstanding academic offerings, the source of a tremendous amount of pride among students, faculty and community members alike would have to be the campus and its facilities. The grounds are distinguished by their constant maintenance and the charming natural surroundings, and the buildings are new, fully equipped and in certain cases serve as the setting for groups not affiliated with the university due to the quality of the installations.

An example of this would be the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, where the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra frequently goes to perform. The center, which was founded in 1993 and named in honor of the university’s founder, Dr. Edward Weidner, hosts performers of all types though with a stated objective of providing a venue for community and school performances, speakers, and educational content. The Weidner Center is widely considered to be among the most prestigious performing arts centers in the Midwest.

One of the most distinguishing features of the campus is its extensive and lush Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, which furnishes students and community members with over 5 miles of biking and walking trails. Coming in at an impressive 290 acres, the arboretum literally engulfs the entire university and is open to the public.

Another distinctive feature—something that not many universities throughout the nation can boast, surely—is the 9-hole Shorewood golf course that students, faculty members and community members can use and which is operated by the school itself.

Finally, the campus will surprise all newcomers with its unique interconnected building structure, an idea which was explicitly developed by the school’s founders as a way to make good on the school motto of “Connecting learning to life.” The impressive, 8-story school library is connected to all other academic buildings via a network of concourses which make getting around the campus easier, more interesting, and with the added advantage of shelter from the harsh winters of the area.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


In a city with a football team as prominent and famous as the Green Bay Packers, it didn’t make a lot of sense to have a school football team—and as a result, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has established itself in other sports, being part of the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

Among the most significant accomplishments that the school’s sports teams have had, the various feats of the women’s basketball team in the NCAA tournament over the last several years stand out. The team has risen as high as 16th place in national rankings, which is quite significant for a mid-sized university. Other major accomplishments have been reached by the men’s basketball team, which won the NCAA championship in the 90s, and by the softball team which became champion in 2005, as well as the men’s soccer team which relatively recently defeated the region’s top ranked team, Ohio State.

Local Community

A large part of the appeal of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is due to the surrounding community, specifically the immediate Green Bay metropolitan area and the Fox Cities corridor. The metropolitan population of the larger Green Bay area stands at over 200,000 people, and the local economy is quite healthy; so much so, in fact, that the city of Green Bay was voted as the best American mid-sized city for doing business.

Many students find employment opportunities in the surrounding community, and the sectors of the local economy that have been witnessing significant growth in recent times have been tourism, healthcare and insurance. In addition, the area has a long record of being a center for the manufacturing, papermaking and food processing industries.

Green Bay boasts many tidy and well-maintained parks, the largest and most spectacular of which is the 700-acre Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most impressive urban wildlife habitats in the country.

Information Summary

Ranks 24th in Wisconsin and 887th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Wisconsin and 117th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.09
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 24 0.36

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 269 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 54 0.05
Robbery 48 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 467 0.45
Larceny 1,852 1.77
Vehicle theft 101 0.10

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4027th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population27,003 (22,540 urban / 4,463 rural)
Households9,472 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$55,928
Families6,766 (3.09 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5508

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1561st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,298 $6,298 $13,871
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,378 $1,378 $1,378
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $262 $262 $578
FT Graduate Tuition $7,640 $7,640 $16,771
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,378 $1,378 $1,378
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $424 $424 $932
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,968 $17,968 $25,541
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,992 $18,992 $26,565
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,968 $10,968 $18,541

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,282 $7,648 $7,282 $7,648 $14,855 $15,221
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,700 $5,950
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,705 $3,230
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,924 $7,076
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,705 $3,230
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,541 $2,446

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$44
Graduate Application Fee$56
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,520 (876 male / 1,644 female)
Admitted 2,136 (700 male / 1,436 female)
Admission rate 85%
First-time Enrollment 921 (300 male / 621 female)
FT Enrollment 894 (290 male / 604 female)
PT Enrollment 27 (10 male / 17 female)
Total Enrollment6,668

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Horizon League
NCAA Track & Field Conference Horizon League

ACT Test Admission

751st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,954
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,000
Board Fee$2,200

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 19 11 21 31 24 1,279 6 1,402
Accounting 29 29
American Indian/Native American Studies 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 22 22
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General 1 9 10
Behavioral Sciences 4 85 1 91
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 25 26
Business Administration and Management, General 4 1 1 4 3 151 164
Chemistry, General 1 6 7
Communication, General 2 3 73 79
Computer Science 12 13
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 19 20
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 6
Economics, General 2 1 14 17
Education, General 2 3 78 83
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 30 32
Environmental Science 1 1 1 36 39
Environmental Studies 2 22 2 28
French Language and Literature 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 3
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
History, General 33 33
Human Biology 1 5 1 114 122
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 5 5
Information Science/Studies 5 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 11 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 3 2 4 148 1 159
Mathematics, General 1 1 12 15
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 4
Music, General 10 10
Organizational Leadership 2 10 12
Philosophy 1 4 5
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 21 24
Psychology, General 1 4 4 2 80 1 93
Public Administration 1 1 1 15 18
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 1 3 4 56 1 65
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 39 40
Social Sciences, Other 1 1 19 22
Social Work 1 2 3 43 50
Spanish Language and Literature 5 1 14 20
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 3 5
Urban Studies/Affairs 9 9
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2539th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,763 ($61,751 male / $51,947 female)
Number of FT Faculty 190 (101 male / 89 female)
Number of PT Faculty 280
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $6,412,704

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