UW’s 5 hottest majors: Student demand, workforce trends drive enrollment gains

UW’s 5 hottest majors

Students follow along with the lecture on their laptop computers in Chemistry 103 in Agricultural Hall. PHOTO: ALTHEA DOTZOUR

Higher education is constantly evolving to reflect the changing interests of students and specialized needs of employers. At UW–Madison, the majors with the greatest enrollment growth are a good barometer of the university’s responsiveness to these trends.

“Student demand plays a major role,” says Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs John Karl Scholz. “But it is also the case that the leadership, staff and faculty of the schools and colleges are constantly revising curriculum to improve and adapt.”


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