Campus Facilities & Equipment
Located on the banks of the Fox River in De Pere (a residential community of 23,000) in northeastern Wisconsin, the St. Norbert campus comprises 40+ buildings on 108 beautifully landscaped acres. Students also have easy access to the neighboring all-American city of Green Bay and its suburbs, with a metropolitan population of about 300,000. With a safe, supportive atmosphere on campus and a thriving corporate, cultural and entertainment industry close at hand, St. Norbert is a place that students love so much that they often refer to it as "home."
St. Norbert continues to experience great momentum with record high enrollment in recent years, as well as increasingly high-achieving students. And as the students come, so do the facilities to support them. New in 2015 is St. Norbert's $40 million Gehl-Mulva Science Center, also home to the Medical College of Wisconsin's northeast Wisconsin campus. Integrated facilities for hands-on learning, collaborative research and interdisciplinary study abound in this LEED-certified, state-of-the-art science center.
The past several years have also seen the opening of the Cassandra Voss Center, for women's and gender studies, and Dudley Birder Hall, a performing-arts space, both in renovated, historic buildings. In 2011, a remodeled visitor and welcome center, and a $7.7 million completely renovated student dining facility Michels Commons were added to the campus.
Built in 2010, an outdoor athletics complex serves as the practice and competition venue for Green Knights football, soccer, and track and field. The Miriam B. and James J Mulva library was dedicated in 2009, and in 2013 its lower level became home to a high-tech collaborative workspace for students.
Among other facilities, a campus center and marina located on the Fox River offer students a relaxing environment to grab a bite to eat, sit out on the deck or in the gazebo, work out in the fitness center or gym, or gather for a concert or movie. The campus coffee shop Ed's is another favorite student hangout.
Only a five-minute drive from campus, Green Bay and all its restaurants, shopping malls, museums and performing arts opportunities can be easily accessed by students when they've exhausted the shops and boutiques of charming De Pere. Metro bus services offer free transportation throughout the metropolitan area with a student ID.
Student Organizations & Activities
Students quickly adjust to campus with a welcoming community of faculty, students and staff. First Year Experience (FYE) programming helps students acclimate to campus and to college life in general. The Norbertine principle of radical hospitality is immediately evident when arriving on campus.
Students at St. Norbert tend to be very involved. Because it's a residential campus, activities and opportunities are close at hand. The college offers more than 70 student organizations and clubs that provide a rich co-curricular campus environment. Students can find opportunities in academic, diversity, ethnic and cultural, Greek, social, special interest, governing, programming and media, recreation, and service and faith organizations. And if students are looking for a particular interest that hasn't found its place on campus yet, they can create a new student organization.
A Division III school, we offer 10 men's and 10 women's varsity sports, and our athletes have been named Academic All-Americans more times than any other school in the Midwest Conference. Additionally, our men's and women's hockey teams compete in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. The Green Knights are frequent conference champions averaging about four per year. Nearly one quarter of our students are involved in varsity sports, with many others participating in intramurals.
The campus is “beautiful, small, and clean,” while the dorms are less so. “My mom went to St. Norbert and says the same dorms that I have lived in were nasty when she was here,” gripes a junior. Also, “a revitalization of the athletic facilities would be a welcome change.” Students really rave about SNC’s “close-knit” community, where “You know everyone and they know you.” Clubs and organizations are plentiful. “If you are outgoing and love to get involved, you can go very far,” promises a junior. Athletics are “huge.” The football team is historically pretty good and “hockey games are a blast.” Religion is noticeable, but it’s not pervasive. A plethora of “service opportunities” allows students to volunteer locally as well as around the country and abroad. The party scene here is “somewhat lively.” There are “those who party hard and others who don’t at all.” For the drinking crowd, bars and parties thrown by the localized Greek system are popular. “Alternative nightlife” includes movies, concerts, and a decent array of on-campus activities. “There is no need for a car” at SNC but, if you’ve got one, Green Bay is just down the road.