Four campuses within the University of Wisconsin System have seen spring enrollments decline by more than 10 percent since 2019. UW-Platteville saw spring enrollments drop by more than 17 percent in the last three years. Preliminary spring enrollment data obtained through a state open records request shows an average decline of 3.7 percent across the state’s 13 universities and branch campuses between 2019 and this year. That’s not far off from a year-to-year decline of 2 percent reported by the UW System last fall. But the new spring enrollment data shows significant declines over the past three years at some campuses. UW-Platteville reported a 17.2 percent drop from spring of 2019 through spring of 2021. A spokesperson for the campuses said administrators were not available to comment.
…UW-Green Bay’s enrollment grew by 9.2 percent between spring of 2019 and spring of 2021. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kate Burns told WPR the university has seen enrollment grow over the past six years, including a 2 percent increase during the pandemic.
“That was very unusual within the UW system in terms of that growth,” said Burns. “Most campuses did see a decline.”
Burns credited new academic programs in high-demand fields like nursing, engineering, business and psychology along with bachelor’s degree programs at its branch campuses in Marinette, Sheboygan and Manitowoc.
“We grew at all four of our campus locations this year, and we were the only school within the system to show growth across all of their locations,” said Burns.