UW-Stout News Story

Ten-year enrollment growth second highest in UW System 

November 26, 2013

Enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Stout has grown by 20 percent the past decade, the second highest rate in the entire UW System, according to new statewide statistics.

UW-Stout's enrollment was 7,750 in 2004-05, and the preliminary enrollment for 2013-14 is 9,286. The 20 percent increase over that time is second only to UW-Platteville's growth rate, according to UW System statistics.

Chancellor Charles W. SorensenThe increase for the UW System was 8 percent, from 166,245 to 179,646. The increase for the four-year campuses other than UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee was 11 percent.

UW-Stout officials attributed the growth to a myriad factors, including adding a large number of popular undergraduate majors, an increasing awareness that UW-Stout excels at placing students in jobs immediately after graduating and a major effort to either construct new buildings or remodel existing facilities.

"Prospective students and their families now have a modern and exciting array of undergraduate programs to choose from," said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. "We have added programs in engineering, the sciences, the arts, business and education."

The word also has gotten out that UW-Stout places 97 percent of its graduates in jobs within six months of leaving campus," Sorensen said. "That message really resonates when the economy is suffering and families are finding it hard to pay for education.

Students walk on the campus mall."Finally, our campus has been transformed in recent years through a new science building, a remodeled student center and other improvements."

Since 1988 the number of undergraduate majors has increased from 20 to 44, and the number of graduate majors has increased from 18 to 23, along with three advanced degree programs.

Since 1988 there have been five new buildings, two major additions and seven major renovations.

UW-Stout also has climbed into the top five institutions in Wisconsin in terms of international students.

Enrollment data is available here.

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