The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is welcoming its most diverse freshman class to date this fall, with 104 students of color — 13 percent of the class — set to start classes Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The incoming class also is among the best prepared academically in school history. Eighty percent of new freshmen completed high school with at least a ‘B’ average, with an average high school GPA of 3.38. Their average ACT Composite score is 22.9, compared with the national average of 22. More than half of the incoming freshmen scored 23 or higher, according to UW-Green Bay’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The office also reports:
• As of Thursday, Aug. 29 — move-in day for freshmen — UW-Green Bay has registered 5,963 students for fall classes; 65 percent are women and 35 percent are men.
• The large majority (95 percent) will pursue a bachelor’s degree, with the rest pursuing master’s degrees or taking courses outside of a particular degree program.
• Twenty-nine percent of the registered students are age 25 or older. Just less than half (48 percent) of these non-traditional aged students are majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies or Nursing, two of the university’s fastest-growing majors in recent years (especially among returning adults). As in past years, the largest majors will be Business Administration, Human Biology, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing and Psychology, which all typically enroll more than 200 students.
• More than 11 percent of the registered students (672 out of the 5,963) come from a minority background. Students of color come from Hispanic (32 percent), Asian (24 percent), First Nations (12 percent), African American (11 percent), Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (1 percent), and mixed race (20 percent) backgrounds. First Nations students come largely from Oneida and Menominee tribes, but represent more than 30 other tribes and bands as well.
• The new freshman class has 802 students, of whom 69 percent are women and 31 percent are men.
• The freshmen have home addresses in 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 countries, 14 other states (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia), as well as several foreign countries (Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Latvia and Peru).
• Some of the local high schools contributing the largest number of freshman to UW-Green Bay’s new class in 2013 include Green Bay Preble (42), Bay Port (26), Green Bay Southwest (20) and De Pere (19).
• Seventy-six percent of UW-Green Bay’s freshman class will live on campus. All nine of UW-Green Bay’s Division I athletic teams are welcoming new freshmen to their squads.
Classes begin on Tuesday, September 3. Enrollment for fall classes will continue for several more weeks. Many classes begin throughout the semester, especially for returning adult students.