The Yellowjacket hive is humming. The University of Wisconsin-Superior welcomed 100 new students to campus during jumpstart move-in day Tuesday, Aug. 27. Another wave of students is expected to move in over the weekend in time for fall semester classes to begin Wednesday, Sept. 4. More than 750 students have contracts to live on campus this year.
Jordan Milan, special assistant to the chancellor, encouraged members of the community to welcome students to the Twin Ports.
“They add to the culture and fabric of our region, contribute millions of dollars to our local economy and serve our community through volunteering and academic service-learning opportunities,” she said.
UWS students contributed more than 27,000 community service hours last year, according to the college’s website.
Enrollment numbers won’t be finalized until the 10th day of classes, but administrators said preliminary tallies are promising.
This year’s incoming class is shaping up to be at or above last year’s freshman enrollment, according to Interim Vice Chancellor Brenda Harms, with the bulk coming from Wisconsin and Minnesota. She said the transfer student population, both on campus and online, is trending higher than last year and graduate enrollment has reached a 10-year high.
Last year’s fall enrollment was 2,590. That number included 222 graduate students and 708 online students.
UWS continues to attract international students. An estimated 200 international students from 40 countries will study on campus this year. The top countries represented are South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain and France.
“UW-Superior continues to have the highest percentage of international students in the northeast Minnesota-northwest Wisconsin region, while ranking second in the University of Wisconsin-System,” said UWS spokesman Jim Biros.
UWS is second only to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in percentage of international students.
This year’s campus move-in was split into three events, according to Jen Bird, director of student development. New fall athletes moved in Aug. 14; new students participating in the school’s pre-semester jumpstart programs arrived on campus Tuesday. The final move-in day is slated for Sunday, Sept. 1.
New students will learn to navigate campus and connect to resources during the college’s weekend of welcome from Sept. 1-3. Another opportunity for UWS students to explore opportunities both on- and off-campus will take place during ‘Jacket Fest, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Yellowjacket Union.
The community is invited to join in a friends and family celebration Sept. 28-29 at UWS. The event offers family-friendly activities throughout the campus, including the sixth annual Running for our Heroes 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Sept. 28. Proceeds from the walk benefit the Douglas County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund and the UWS Veteran an Nontraditional Student Center emergency fund.