Waiting on acceptance letter from UW-Green Bay? Check Instagram

UW-Green Bay is using Instagram to let students know if they've been admitted. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- Remember getting that college acceptance letter in the mail? Now, there's a new -- digital -- way to let you know you've been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

It's happening on the popular social media platform Instagram.

Walk around UW-Green Bay's campus and you'll likely see students on their cellphones.

"I like texting," said Gabi Van Beek. "A lot."

"Whenever I'm not in class, it's just like a habit now to just go on Instagram or Snapchat or something else," said Hannah Behnke.

It's no secret teens use smartphones often and UWGB plans to increase engagement with prospective students.

A couple of years ago the university used social media app Snapchat to let students know they've been admitted.

This time around the university will use Instagram.

"We'll check and see if they've been accepted. They'll will receive an Instagram message, more or less. It's similar to, you can put an image, you can put text over it, and then you can send it to different individuals," said Jena Richter Landers, UW-Green Bay social media coordinator.

As for current students, most say they like the idea.

"I think it's kinda cool. I'm definitely on Instagram a lot more," Behnke said.

"I think it's a cool way to like find out that you're accepted because a lot of people use Instagram," said Marissa Mertens.

"I think it's kinda cool but I like it, kinda, in the mail because then you can like take a picture with it and then post it on Instagram," Van Beek said.

Students have to provide their Instagram account name ahead of time.

"They're going to be able to share that moment with their friends and I think it's going to really enhance that emotional acceptance moment and make it really fun for them," Richter Landers said.

Out of all four of UWGB's campuses, so far 30 students have asked for an admission notification through their Instagram accounts.

Admission notifications start Saturday.

The school will still use email and the U.S. Postal Service to send acceptance letters to students.

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