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UW Fall Enrollment at Nearly 13,000 Students

September 30, 2011

Fall enrollment at the University of Wyoming is at nearly 13,000 students for the second consecutive year as the university continues to maintain historically high enrollment numbers.

UW census data collected at the 15th class day shows 12,920 students enrolled for fall classes on the Laramie campus. The 15th class day is used because it falls after the class drop/add deadlines and after the first tuition and fee payment is due to the university.

Total enrollment will surpass 13,000 by the end of the semester as Outreach enrollment continues to grow, says Sara Axelson, UW's vice president for student affairs.

"We are extremely pleased with the significant interest by students from Wyoming, other states and from abroad," says Axelson. "UW has incredible academic programs and many ways to become engaged in the university community. It is great that students are recognizing these opportunities when choosing UW."

UW's 2011 enrollment is bolstered by a 4 percent spike from a year ago in new freshmen enrollment and another increase in international student enrollment.

The university has 1,534 new freshmen, an increase of 59 students from 2010. That total includes 859 freshmen from Wyoming, plus notable increases in enrollment of students from California, Colorado, South Dakota, Texas and Washington.

For the fourth consecutive year, UW's international student enrollment has increased, this time to 754 students.

Other highlights from the 2011 enrollment report:

  • Wyoming resident enrollment remained steady at 71 percent of the UW student population.
  • Ethnic minority student enrollment rose by 64 students from a year ago, to 1,225.
  • The average grade-point average for incoming freshmen increased slightly from 3.43 to 3.46. The average ACT score is 24.4 and the average combined SAT score is 115.
  • Undergraduate enrollment in the Outreach School increased by 74 students to 1,527.

For more information on UW enrollment, call Axelson at (307) 766-5123 or email

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