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UW-River Falls Sets Enrollment Record

SEPT. 22, 2006--For the third semester in a row, UW-River Falls has posted the largest enrollment in its history, accompanied by a record incoming freshman class.

The official headcount for the fall semester stood at 6,105 students, with 1,296 freshmen on Sept. 20. This surpasses the previous record, respectively, by 104 and 87 students.

During eight of the last 10 years, UW-River Falls has posted record enrollments.  

This year's 2 percent increase in its enrollment represents a trend that should continue into the foreseeable future, according to Chancellor Don Betz.

"UW-River Falls is situated perfectly in the St. Croix Valley, which is the fastest growing region of Wisconsin," says Betz. "We intend to continue to increase our student enrollment to meet the educational needs of our region."

The university, like the community of River Falls, straddles two counties:   Pierce and St. Croix.   St. Croix County again in 2005 was the fastest growing county by percentage of increase of Wisconsin's 72 counties. It was the 37 th fastest growing county in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Overall, it posted the fourth largest increase in new residents in the state, with 15,000 newcomers.

According to Betz, UW-River Falls is launching a strategic planning process that will consider the appropriate size of the campus to meet the increasing growth and educational demands of the region. The chancellor indicated this could be achieved through a combination of distance-learning classes; teaching at other locations; admitting more transfer students; additional undergraduate enrollments; and new graduate and certificate programs for adult learners.

Despite the record enrollment, according to Alan Tuchtenhagen, executive director of enrollment services, every incoming freshman was provided with housing and a full class schedule.

UW-River Falls, which currently requires incoming freshmen and sophomores to reside on campus, has filled all 2,568 residence hall beds, with 120 students assigned to temporary housing. Returning sophomores were given the option to live off campus this year to open up rooms for incoming freshmen.

The Wisconsin Legislature in its January 2007 session will take up a proposal to double the size of the new George R. Field South Fork Suites, which would house at least another 240 students. To be completed by 2010, the new addition would be paid for in its entirety by students.

Betz also noted that the strength of UW-River Falls academic programs and faculty, as well as its attractive setting and tradition of personalized education, makes it the university of choice for many students who are seeking to enroll.

"We expect to see greater demand for admission because of our sustained reputation for quality academic programs and the region's continuing growth and development," Betz said.


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