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UWS kicks off semester with more students

As students kicked off classes last week at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, a record-setting student population begins its academic journey. With a 3 percent increase in total enrollment at UWS, the fall semester, which began Sept. 6, promi...

As students kicked off classes last week at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, a record-setting student population begins its academic journey. With a 3 percent increase in total enrollment at UWS, the fall semester, which began Sept. 6, promises to bring continued excitement to campus.

"As a campus, we are thrilled that more students are choosing UW-Superior to pursue and continue their degrees," said Christopher Trembley, vice chancellor of enrollment management. "Our fall enrollment reflects interest from a variety of student populations - a diversity that we are purposefully seeking as we grow."

For the second year in a row, UWS has an increase in freshmen enrollment. This fall, enrollment rises at least 5 percent from last year. This follows an increase of about 15 percent from last fall, which puts the two-year total at a more than 20 percent.

While many of UWS' new freshmen come directly from high school, the ages range from 17 to 34. With such a diverse age range, 32 percent have yet to declare a major with the next most popular majors for new freshmen listed as biology, elementary education and business administration.

That growth comes from an extended reach for UWS with nearly 400 freshmen students coming from 175 different high schools in 11 states including Alaska, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and of course, Wisconsin. Locally, Superior High School has the largest number enrolling with 42 students.

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Looking around the world, UWS hosts nearly 225 international students - marking the largest and most diverse international enrollment in university history. These new students from nearly 50 different countries and contribute to UWS holding the second largest percentage of undergraduate international students among all UW system schools.

A sizeable portion of international students also come to UWS as transfer students, helping to account for a 23 percent overall increase. Fourteen different countries including Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Mongolia, Peru, Romania, Spain and Vietnam are represented along with 17 different U.S. states in the total of nearly 325 new transfer students. These new students have attended a collective 127 different colleges and universities, including a large number of students from Lake Superior College, Fond Du Lac Community College, Wisconsin Indianhead Tech College and Madison Area Technical College. The age of UWS' incoming transfer students range from 18 to 60 - proving it's never too late to earn a bachelor's degree. Among UWS' transfer students, the most popular major is elementary education, followed by social work, physical education, and health and wellness management.

"Given the increased efforts campus-wide, we have early indicators that this growth will continue well beyond fall semester," said Trembley. "We have built new relationships, enhanced our visibility and marketing, and have worked diligently to create a campus environment that is appealing to current and prospective students. This enrollment growth is giving the campus new momentum as we continue to focus on student success and academic excellence."

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