The latest projections show a freshman class of 1,572, although that number will change as the semester gets underway on Sept. 5 with the start of classes. That is a 5.2 percent increase over the number of freshman enrolled at the same time last year (1,494) and 7.5 percent ahead of the enrolled freshman class (1,462) in 2011.
The official freshman class, as well as overall enrollment, will be finalized mid-September.
“Our message that 97 percent of our students find good-paying jobs before or soon after they graduate is resonating with high school students and their parents,” said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. “We prepare students for satisfying careers, and that is what prospective students are looking for in these tough economic times.”
Sorensen also said the addition of a number of exciting and attractive undergraduate majors has broadened UW-Stout’s appeal for high school students and their parents who are looking at possible universities to attend.
“We offer degrees in the sciences, engineering, education, art and design and business and management,” Sorensen said. “We can offer options that we didn’t have in the past.”
Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, executive director of Enrollment Services, said , “We are also very excited about the fact that our academic profile of our students is higher than ever — with higher ACT scores, class rank and high school grade point averages. In addition we have more students of color choosing to attend UW-Stout this fall.”
Scott Griesbach, executive director of Student Life Services, said the large freshman class has presented challenges for his housing staff, but every freshman will have a room in the residence halls.
“We have released upper-class students from their housing contracts to make room for freshmen,” Griesbach said.
About 200 sophomores have been released from their contracts, he added.
Scott Correll, UW-Stout registrar, said he is predicting that overall enrollment will be either flat or slightly ahead of last year’s enrollment of 9,247. The reason that the total enrollment projection isn’t higher, he said, is mainly because of the large number of graduates in 2012-13, which exceeded 2,000 for the first time in UW-Stout’s history.
“We graduated 150 students more than we ever did before,” Correll said. “That will have an effect on overall enrollment.”
Move-in day is Sunday. More information can be found here.
Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 5.