Oct. 27, 2011
The final numbers are in and enrollment at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has set another record.
The official fall 2011 enrollment for Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University is 9,357, compared to the fall 2010 record of 9,339.
Julie Furst-Bowe, provost and vice chancellor for student and academic affairs, said the record enrollment is a continuation of the steady growth at UW-Stout that started in fall 2004. The undergraduate and graduate enrollment then was 7,169, meaning UW-Stout has grown more than 30 percent in seven years.
“Our faculty and staff have worked incredibly hard to make sure that we are offering the kinds of majors that students in today’s economy are looking for,” Furst-Bowe said. “We have added 18 new undergraduate majors and graduate programs since fall of 2005. Our enrollment has gone up because students can get the quality programs they know will lead to good jobs in a challenging economic climate.”
Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said students and their parents are well aware that students who graduate from UW-Stout find immediate success when looking for their first professional position. The latest annual survey of UW-Stout graduates indicated an employment rate of 98 percent.
“Students want to come to a university where they know what they study will lead to a good job,” Sorensen said. “The word is getting out that UW-Stout graduates have an advantage in the job market.”
The enrollment numbers include a Graduate School enrollment of 1,003. This is the fourth year in a row the Graduate School has exceeded 1,000 students.
Besides the new programs and high employment rate, university officials said the rise in enrollment also could be attributed to:
• Better retention of continuing students. The number of continuing students at UW-Stout increased by 110 from fall 2010 to fall 2011.
• An increase in the number of students transferring from other institutions to UW-Stout. UW-Stout had 702 new transfer students in fall 2011, compared to 649 last year.
• An increase in the number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered online. Currently 18 programs are available online. More information is available at http://www.uwstout.edu/de/index.cfm.
• New facilities on campus. There has been about $90 million worth of recent building projects, including the $43 million Jarvis Hall science building; a remodeled Memorial Student Center (which will reopen in January); remodeled Merle M. Price Commons cafeteria; a new dining hall, fitness facility and remodeled residence hall on north campus; and a remodeled Harvey Hall Theatre.
• The maturity of the e-Scholar program, which provides a complete digital environment on campus. The program provides each undergraduate with a top-line laptop computer, as well as wireless access across campus; mediated classrooms and laboratories; and other provisions.
Furst-Bowe said it’s clear that a number of relatively new majors at UW-Stout have become major draws for students. These include applied science, which prepares students to enter professional programs like medicine, dentistry and pharmacy; computer game design and development; and computer engineering.
Recruiting for the 2012-13 academic year already has begun. Information can be found at http://www.uwstout.edu/admissions/index.cfm.