University sets enrollment record for third year in a row

By University Communications
September 23, 2016
Students walk on the campus mall in front of Jarvis Hall in September. UW-Stout has set an enrollment record for the third straight year.

Photo: Students walk on the campus mall in front of Jarvis Hall in September.
UW-Stout has set an enrollment record for the third straight year.

University of Wisconsin-Stout has posted record enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year, its third straight record-setting year.

All UW institutions tally their headcounts on the 10th day of the academic year. The count, completed Tuesday, showed UW-Stout up 71 students from last year’s record enrollment. The count includes traditional undergraduate enrollment, transfer students, Graduate School enrollment and distance learners.

In the last 20 years, UW-Stout’s enrollment has increased by about 29 percent, more than double the rate of the UW System as a whole.

“I am absolutely amazed that we have been able to maintain this incredible enrollment growth that started more than a decade ago,” said Chancellor Bob Meyer. “It is clear that a growing number of prospective students and their parents see the value of a UW-Stout education and decide it is their best choice.”

Meyer said the message that a UW-Stout diploma is valued in the workplace — as evidenced by UW-Stout’s 97.3 percent employment rate for recent graduates — is a key factor in the enrollment growth trend.

“We measure our value by the success our students have in finding rewarding and meaningful careers in their field of study,” Meyer said. “Students and their parents know this and are choosing UW-Stout because of it.”

UW-Stout’s official enrollment for 2015-16 was 9,535. The figure is 54 more than the 10th day number last year because some additional students are counted for the official number, such as those who begin classes after the 10th day and students who enrolled and then withdrew before the 10th day.

Patrick GuilfoileThis year’s 10th day number is 9,552, which by itself is a record, but officials believe it will be even higher when the official enrollment number is posted by UW System later this fall.

The number of new freshmen increased 16 students from last year to 1,577.

Patrick Guilfoile, provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, credited the hard work of the Admissions Office with making the connections necessary to interest high school and transfer students in UW-Stout. That work is made more challenging by the demographic reality that the number of Wisconsin high school students continues to decline, Guilfoile said.

“But keeping our enrollment healthy really requires a team effort,” Guilfoile said, including marketing, communications, housing, dining, student services and the Physical Plant.

“Of course, everything starts with our exceptional faculty and academic staff whose dedication shows in the classrooms and laboratories every day,” Guilfoile said. “The education our students receive is first-rate, and our enrollment numbers reflect that.”



Bottom Photo: Patrick Guilfoile