By Aubrey Drohner, Mackenzie Morey, & Meghan Finger
Attending a four-year university after high school is not the only route to a Bachelor’s Degree. Their aspirations and priorities shift their sight onto changing schools partway through their college journey for some students.
Almost half of all college students enroll in two-year public schools, and 37% of all college students transfer at some point in their education. According to Adam Landenberger, an Admissions Counselor at the University, as of Fall 2020, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay had 584 new transfer students.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) welcomes students with open arms from other 4-year universities and 2-year institutions and the additional UWGB branches. UWGB allows the opportunity for students who attend the different locations Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Marinette to obtain the same education a normal UWGB student would receive and still pay the price of tuition their campus offers plus the distance education fee.
Adam Landenberger, an Admissions Counselor at UWGB, explains the transfer steps. “Students who are interested in transferring to the UWGB main campus should meet the standard of a 2.0 GPA and 15 completed credits.” This also applies to students that are looking to transition from the additional locations.
Hannah Rice, a student who decided to transition to the main campus from the UW-Green Bay Marinette location, talks about her transferring experience. Rice explains that the decision was easy. “When the merge happened, the choice was clear. UWGB was still close to home but yet far enough.” She states, “If I could do it all over again, I’d do the same thing. I graduated from UW-Green Bay Marinette campus with my Associate’s degree debt-free and now my Bachelor’s degree debt-free.”
Other students got their start at different 2-year institutions. Bethany Berg, a UWGB student who transferred from UW-Marathon, wanted to get the most out of her college experience. Berg explains, “I chose to transfer to UWGB based on the fact that there is a great STEM program. The guaranteed transfer was also a bonus.” Bethany has since earned her associate’s degree and is working toward finishing her Bachelor’s degree at UWGB.
Getting an education may look different for different students, but the ultimate goal is often reached. UWGB offers students multiple ways of achieving their goal of graduating. No matter what institution, whether 4-year or 2-year, UWGB accommodates and provides opportunities for students who wish to pursue an education at UWGB.