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By the numbers: UW-Green Bay welcomes diverse, academically robust students

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay once again will welcome a diverse, academically robust student body when school starts Sept. 2, with 758 freshmen and 5,871 students enrolled as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, according the University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. With enrollment for fall classes continuing for several weeks, final headcount enrollment is expected to be about 6,600.

Of the enrolled students, 66 percent are women and 34 percent are men. Ninety-five percent of students will pursue a bachelor’s degree, while the rest will pursue master’s degrees or take courses outside of a particular degree program.

More than 12 percent of UW-Green Bay’s registered students (687 of 5,871) come from a minority background. Students of color identify as Hispanic (30 percent), Asian (24 percent), First Nations (11 percent), African American (13 percent), Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (1 percent) and mixed race (30 percent) backgrounds. First Nations students come from Oneida and Menominee tribes, and also represent more than 20 other tribes and bands.

The freshman class of 2014 includes 758 students; as in recent years, 70 percent are women and 30 percent are men. Ten percent of freshmen (77 individuals) are students of color, and the first-year students have home addresses in 61 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, 12 other states (Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio and Utah), as well as several foreign countries (many international students will be registering later this week). Some of the high schools contributing the largest number of freshmen to UW-Green Bay’s newest class are Green Bay Preble (32), De Pere (20), Bay Port (19), Green Bay Southwest (17) and Pulaski (16).

The freshman class of 2014 comes in well prepared. Seventy-five percent of new freshmen completed high school with at least a ‘B’ average. The average high school GPA for the class is 3.33, similar to last year’s 3.38. Students’ average ACT composite score is 22.7, which is above the national average score of 22. Eighty percent of the freshman class will live on campus, and all nine of UW-Green Bay’s Division I athletic teams will welcome new freshmen to their squads.

As in past years, UW-Green Bay’s most popular majors overall are Business Administration, Human Biology, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing and Psychology, each of which typically enrolls more than 200 students. Thirty percent of registered UW-Green Bay students are defined as nontraditional, meaning they are age 25 or older. Of this nontraditional population, just more than half are majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, Integrative Leadership Studies or Nursing, some of the University’s fastest-growing majors in recent years — especially among returning adults.

Classes will begin at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Many classes begin throughout the semester, especially for returning adults.

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