UW-Madison is planning to enroll 500 fewer freshman students for next fall as it seeks to balance out a larger-than-planned class this fall.
UW-Madison plans to enroll 500 fewer students for next fall’s freshman class | Madison.com
University admissions is aiming for a freshman class size of 8,100 in 2023, UW-Madison spokesperson John Lucas said. It’s a similar goal to what UW-Madison hoped to enroll for this year’s freshman class, before a larger yield rate of enrolled students stymied plans and led to a record-breaking class size of 8,628.
Whether UW-Madison stays on target will be better known next spring. Prospective students have until mid-January to apply, and must decide whether to enroll by the end of March.
UW-Madison has undergone planned growth in recent years, UW-Madison Provost Karl Scholz said in October. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% in two years to a record 49,886. But this year’s growth was unintentional, as 3% more offers were accepted after UW-Madison accepted 3,000 fewer applications.
UW-Madison is one of three University of Wisconsin System schools in which enrollment increased this year. UW-Green Bay and UW-Superior also had increases, and UW-La Crosse’s enrollment stayed even, as overall the System enrollment decreased by 1%.