GREEN BAY — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a record-setting number of students attending class this fall semester.
University enrollment calculations indicate a total student headcount of 6,549 students earning credits at UW-Green Bay, 310 students more than last year’s total of 6,239.
The numbers show UW-Green Bay has its largest freshman class with 1,041 students, and 75 more fall transfer students than in 2008-09; 91 more students enrolled exclusively in the Adult Degree program; strong retention, especially from the fall 2008 freshman class; and solid retention from the large cohort of transfer students who started in spring 2009.
Another factor adding to the increase was the decision to keep open the application period for new freshmen and transfer students from an 11-county area surrounding campus until mid-August, weeks after the open application period had passed. Over 300 students (81 new freshmen and 227 transfer students) applied to UW-Green Bay during the extended application period. This year, UW-Green Bay has enrolled 4,247 students from the 11-county area, an increase of 170 students from the start of the 2008 academic year.
Admissions Director Pam Harvey-Jacobs said the pilot program filled a need for students who had educational plans change, possibly due to the economic downturn.
“The plan to keep our admissions period open longer led to many local students taking advantage of a unique opportunity,” Harvey-Jacobs said.
UW-Green Bay’s student body includes 15 freshmen and 93 transfer students from the 11-county area who took advantage of the extended application period and who might not have been allowed to apply without the initiative.