UW–Platteville undergraduate enrollment is just shy of 8,000 students, giving the university a record number of students.
The 10-day enrollment figures show 7,975 undergraduate students, topping last year’s record of 7,839. With 830 graduate students, total enrollment is now 8,805, another new record.
“These numbers demonstrate a lot of hard work by everyone on our campus,” said Angela Udelhofen, assistant chancellor for Admission and Enrollment Services. “Our staff did a tremendous job in recruiting and increasing our applicants while other schools saw a decrease in applicants. Our faculty and staff also play an important role in creating a welcoming atmosphere for prospective students when they visit and then enroll. The ultimate goal of our strategic enrollment management plan is student success.”
Udelhofen pointed out the average ACT score continues to rise, with this year’s freshman class bringing in a 23.4.
The 2014–15 student body includes 1,591 students in the Tri-State Initiative, a tuition-savings program for qualified students from Illinois and Iowa. TSI, which began in 2004–05, has seen a 29 percent increase over the last five years.
“While UW–Platteville remains committed to providing an affordable and accessible education to Wisconsin high school students, the university also continues to grow our Tri-State Initiative program and international student recruitment,” said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “TSI and international students bring a more diverse student body, which broadens the educational experiences for everyone.”
The fastest-growing institution in the UW System, UW–Platteville has increased its enrollment every year for more than a decade. In 2004-05, enrollment was at 5,641 undergraduate and 551 graduate students.
The university offers 41 majors and 77 minors in its three colleges: the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and the College of Liberal Arts and Education.
UW–Platteville will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2016.