UW-Green Bay sees record-setting Spring enrollment as growth continues to buck trends


Spring 2024 enrollment climbs 5.2% with large increases across key growth areas

Green Bay, WI – A new Spring enrollment report shows that the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay furthered its success as the “fastest growing university in the state” with a 5.2% year-over-year increase in Spring enrollment. The report was headlined by a highest-ever Spring headcount of 8,025*.

While statewide and national trendlines for enrollment have sharply declined in recent years, UW-Green Bay continues to defy expectations with strong and sustainable growth across the board. With over 70% of alumni working in Northeast Wisconsin upon graduating, that success directly fuels economic opportunity in the region and quality of life across the third-largest metro area in the state.

Enrollment increases from Spring 2023 to Spring 2024

Overall                                                5.2% increase

Hispanic/Latino students                    13.9% increase

Students of color                                 15.5% increase

International students                         33% increase

Non-traditional students                     5.7% increase

First generation students                    4.9% increase

Graduate students                              8.3% increase

High school students                          23.6% increase

UW-Green Bay is seeing significant growth in the Rising Phoenix program, nursing, psychology, writing and applied arts, and sociology and anthropology. The Cofrin School of Business continues to grow in majors such as accounting, finance, human resource management, management, and marketing. There has also been substantial growth in new and existing graduate programs, like the M.S. in Biodiversity Conservation and Management, M.S. in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and M.S. in Applied Biotechnology.

“UW-Green Bay’s extraordinary growth speaks directly to what it means to be a regional comprehensive, which is building up our region and communities from within,” said UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kate Burns. “Core to our access mission is ensuring that anyone who chooses to pursue further learning finds opportunity at UW-Green Bay. We are deepening the ways we support students throughout their journey with embedded academic and career advising so students can continue to rise post-graduation.”

From engaging high school students through dual enrollment programs like Rising Phoenix, to providing access to a certificate or credential, the university is uniquely positioned for long-term success since it continues to open educational pathways for a variety of learners across the region. And by prioritizing academic and support services throughout the student journey, each student is well-positioned for a successful trajectory towards graduation.

“When we challenge the status quo and break down barriers to accessing higher education, incredible things happen,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “Thanks to the determination of our faculty and staff, we look forward to continuing to redefine the college experience and empower the potential across Northeast Wisconsin.”

*The reason this number is less than our Fall enrollment of 10,000+ is because the majority of dual enrollment occurs in the fall, and because of the students who graduated in Fall ’23. These fluctuations are common across higher education.

About UW-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a school of resilient problem solvers who dare to reach higher with the power of education that ignites growth and answers the biggest challenges. Serving 10,300 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students as well as 67,500 continuing education learners annually, UW-Green Bay offers 200 academic degrees, programs, and certificates. With four campus locations in Northeast Wisconsin, the University’s access mission welcomes all students who want to learn, from every corner of the world. Championing bold thinking since opening its doors in 1965, it is a university on the rise – Wisconsin’s fastest growing UW. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


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