10 Oct UW–Madison fall enrollment reflects strong growth, ongoing commitment to Wisconsin families
“One of the things that has most impressed me about UW–Madison is its commitment to affordability and accessibility, especially for our home state students,” says Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, who began Aug. 4. “These are core priorities for me, so I look forward to working with the campus community to maintain crucial initiatives like Bucky’s Tuition Promise and to expand on them wherever we can.”
This year’s new freshman class of 8,628 is the largest in the institution’s history, up 1.9% over last year’s class of 8,465. The university did not set out to break this record — it offered admission to almost 3,000 fewer freshman applicants this fall than the prior year. However, of those admitted, a greater percentage chose to attend UW–Madison.
The incoming freshmen were selected from a record 60,260 applicants, up 11.9% from 53,829 the prior year. Total campus enrollment is a record 49,886, up 4.1% from 47,932 last year. Enrollment figures are based on the 10th day of classes, the official student census for reporting purposes.
“We are continuing to see an increase in demand for an education at UW–Madison, which is a testament to the outstanding education and student experience offered here,” says Provost Karl Scholz. “This robust interest will help ensure that Wisconsin’s flagship university remains a key driver of economic advancement for state students and an essential provider of skilled workers for Wisconsin employers.”