GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – It seems to be happening across the nation, including here in Wisconsin, as University of Wisconsin System universities see a 30 percent increase in new freshman college applications.Applications don’t necessarily mean student enrollment, but university officials believe it’s a good sign as we approach another school year during a pandemic.“I think students are excited to return to campus and to experience college life,” said Kate Burns, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW-Green Bay.It’s been a year of flexibility over at UWGB as it offered hybrid class options for students, while also becoming a COVID-19 testing site and mass vaccination hub.
“I think that the UW System is here to solve problems. We’re here to work with the community, and I think working with the mass vaccination and the testing sites was a great way for us to use the expertise and to meet those community needs at a time when we really needed to,” said Burns.
Burns said the university is actually seeing more interest in its nursing program.
“We think that that could be because of the pandemic people really seeing the importance of nursing and wanting to be a part of that … it was the second most popular student interest coming into the fall,” said Burns.
UWGB is one of only a few schools that had enrollment increase in 2020.