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September 3, 1999

UW-River Falls Sets Another Enrollment Record

UW-River Falls opened its 125th school year on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a record enrollment.

Opening day headcount was 5, 850 students, which is an increase of 133 students from last year's previous record enrollment.

According to Registrar Judy George, enrollment numbers will not be finalized until Sept. 15. She indicated that UW-RF is likely to add several dozen more graduate students as many attend classes for the first time next week.

Incoming freshmen enrollment stood at 1,120 new students, which is about 100 fewer than last year.

Admissions Director Alan Tuchtenhagen noted that the increasing demand for admission to the University means that it likely will be closing spring semester enrollment early. Last spring the institution also experienced an enrollment record, and that will likely lead to a closing by Dec. 1, Tuchtenhagen said.

He attributed the dramatic increases to UW-RF's reputation for strong academic programs, quality faculty and dynamic growth in the University's service area of its west-central Wisconsin location in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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