MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) U-W Madison has its biggest freshman class ever, with the largest number of Wisconsin residents since 2001. According to new figures from the U-W System, the flagship Madison campus has a record 6,339 freshmen this fall. Just over 3,800 of those come from Wisconsin -- 9.5-percent more than the numbers accepted a year ago.
U-W Milwaukee chancellor Mike Lowell says the increase at Madison is one reason U-W-M has 1,390 fewer total students than last fall. Lowell also blames a smaller number of high school graduates available to enroll. Those declines are projected to continue through 2018. Madison also has more out-of-state students who pay higher tuition. Almost 27-percent of this year's undergrads at Madison are non-residents. That was after the Board of Regents raised the percentage limit for out-of-state students from 25-percent to 27-and-a-half.
Meanwhile, Platteville is the fastest-growing U-W campus, with a record enrollment of over 8,600 -- 40-percent more than in 2005. La Crosse also has a record number of students, at almost 10,500. The freshman class at La Crosse is the largest in 27 years.