The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has experienced an uptick in enrollment for the 2010-11 school year, including more returning adult students, more multicultural students, more out-of-state students and more students from foreign countries.
University enrollment calculations include a preliminary student headcount of 6,579 students, up slightly from last year’s September census. A closer look at the numbers reveals growth in several key areas.
During the current economic difficulties, UW-Green Bay is continuing to reach out to returning adult students. Two programs that primarily serve returning adults are seeing increases in enrollment. Numbers in the Interdisciplinary Studies program jumped 28 percent, from 458 students to 585. The Nursing program grew 23 percent, from 248 students to 304.
While the majority of students at UW-Green Bay are from Wisconsin, more are coming from out-of-state. This fall, 372 students from 36 other states are taking classes at UW-Green Bay, compared to 313 students from 31 other states last fall.
There are also more students from foreign countries. This year 73 students come from 32 other countries compared to 67 students last year.
The student body is also more diverse than ever. This year, there are 585 students from multicultural backgrounds at UW-Green Bay. That makes up 9 percent of the total student population. Last year, the University enrolled 533 students of color, which represented 8.1 percent of the student population.
As expected, this year’s freshman class is smaller than last year, with 906 students compared to 1,049. But this year’s class is a stronger class academically. The average ACT score for the incoming freshman class is 22.9, the highest ever at UW-Green Bay. The average high school GPA for the incoming freshman class is 3.32, up from 3.25 last year.
The vast majority of incoming freshmen are from Wisconsin, with 22 percent coming from Brown County and 58 percent coming from counties classified as the New North region. The University continues to attract first-generation college students. This year, 53 percent of freshmen identify as first generation.