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UW Spring Semester Enrollment Rises

March 3, 2015
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University of Wyoming students cheer for the Cowboys during a recent men’s basketball game. Spring semester enrollment is up from last year. (UW Photo)

Enrollment at the University of Wyoming has risen in the spring 2015 semester, with significant increases in Laramie campus, full-time and graduate student numbers.

The 12,627 students enrolled on the 15th day of classes represent an increase of 162 students from the 2014 spring semester.

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. The enrollment total is expected to grow further after all UW Outreach School numbers are recorded.

“These numbers reflect a concerted effort by the UW community to help our students succeed and persist, in addition to our work to recruit more students from inside and outside Wyoming,” says Sara Axelson, UW vice president for student affairs. “We’re happy to see these increases and excited about the efforts underway to continue our growth.”

Spring enrollment normally is lower than fall semester numbers. Still, UW’s freshman fall-to-spring retention increased to 92.1 percent from 90.2 percent the year before -- and is higher than the five-year rolling average of 91.4 percent.

When compared with the spring 2014 semester, the number of students on the Laramie campus is up by 187 this semester to 9,712, a 2 percent increase. The number of full-time students, meanwhile, is up by 153 (1.7 percent) to 9,089, and graduate and professional student enrollment has risen by 163 (5.6 percent) to 3,060.

“Enrollment is affected by many factors, but we believe the university’s efforts to provide more tutoring help for students -- in addition to early interventions for struggling students -- are making a difference,” Axelson says. “We’re also seeing the results of the proactive work being doing by our admissions staff to reach prospective students and parents.”

Other highlights from the spring 2015 enrollment report:

-- The number of racial and ethnic minority students rose by 113 from spring 2014 to 1,369, a 9 percent increase.

-- International students increased by 59 to 834, a 7.6 percent increase.

-- The number of Wyoming resident students, 8,921, increased by 78, while nonresident enrollment is up by 84 to 3,706. Residents make up 70.7 percent of the student body, nonresidents 29.3 percent.

-- The College of Engineering and Applied Science saw the largest enrollment increase of UW’s seven colleges -- 152 students, a 9.2 percent rise.

Early indicators for the fall 2015 semester show that resident freshman admissions have increased by 9 percent, while nonresident freshman admissions are up 12 percent. In addition, resident transfer admissions have risen by 37 percent, with nonresident transfer admissions up by 12 percent.

UW Admissions Director Shelley Dodd says multiple contacts with prospective students are ongoing through email, mail and programs inside and outside Wyoming encouraging students and parents to visit campus. The university wants prospective students to meet faculty, staff and current students and experience UW firsthand.

For more information, email or call (307) 766-4075 or (800) DIAL-WYO.

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