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September 22, 2000

UW-RF Sets Another Enrollment Record

For the fourth year in a row, UW-River Falls has set a fall enrollment record.

The student headcount at the institution this year is 5,847, an increase 119 from last fall's previous record of 5,728 students.

"The record enrollment shows that we are viewed as a quality institution that provides a great education by highly talented faculty and staff in some very focused programs," said Chancellor Ann Lydecker. "UW-River Falls is playing a vital role in educating traditional students and adult learners. We are getting western Wisconsin's best and brightest, and we are making them even better."

Admissions Director Alan Tuchtenhagen said there is much to be found that is positive in this year's student profile:

•The freshman profile again is one of the best, with students coming in well-prepared for college work. For the fifth straight year nearly 88 percent of the freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. Their average ACT score of 22.48 also is above the state and national average.

These freshmen indicators put UW-River Falls in the top half of the 13 University of Wisconsin System campuses for the quality of its incoming students. "Wisconsin has one of the finest public higher education systems in the nation, and so this puts us among the best of the best nationally for the quality of our students," Tuchtenhagen said.

•Transfer students are up, with 418 admitted. Last year totaled 345.

•Graduate students also are up, with 60 more than last year, for a total of 389. Most of that increase is attributed to the University's new evening Master's of Management program that is tailored to adult working professionals.

•Enrollment among students of color also is up, with 99 new freshmen and transfer students. That is a 14 percent increase among new students, following a 38 percent increase last year. These students account for about 7 percent of all new students at UW-RF this fall.

Tuchtenhagen noted that UW-RF is in the second year of Plan 2008, which seeks to increase enrollments of students of color. He explained that the University is seeking to provide access to all students while also ensuring that majority students benefit from a diverse campus environment that reflects the modern workplace.

"We are making progress in our recruiting efforts," he said.

Lydecker noted that UW-River Falls is entering the first year of a five-year enrollment plan approved by the UW System Board of Regents in which it allows the campus to grow to 6,000 students.

Here are the enrollment statistics for UW-RF by class:

•Freshmen (new and continuing): 1,600

•Sophomores: 1,119

•Juniors: 1,152

•Seniors: 1,453

•Graduates: 389

•Special students taking at least one course: 139

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