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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Demand Up For Admission To UW-Eau Claire
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MAILED: March 27, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - With applications running 10 percent ahead of last year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is nearing its target on freshman enrollment for fall 1997.

Next year's freshman class is expected to be another top-notch group of students with strong academic abilities and solid high school preparation, according to Admissions Director Roger GroeneWold.

UW-Eau Claire's fall enrollment target for freshmen is 2,054 under UW System enrollment management guidelines. Set by the Board of Regents to keep enrollment within UW System institutions in line with resources, the target is essentially the same as last year when 2,052 new freshmen enrolled at UW-Eau Claire.

GroeneWold said his staff has processed 5,182 new freshman applications for the 1997 fall semester as of March 14. Since Oct. 1, 4,144 applicants have been accepted, and 2,207 have confirmed their application with a $100 deposit. Deposits were due March 1, unless an extension to May 1 was requested.

"We're still considering some applications from very well-qualified applicants, but basically we're closing admission for new freshmen this fall," GroeneWold said. Students who are still in the process of applying will be considered on a case-by-case basis and placed on a waiting list until after May 1.

"The admissions staff and others throughout the university who are involved in recruitment efforts have done an outstanding job of recruiting another academically well-prepared group of freshmen," said Provost and Vice Chancellor Marjorie Smelstor. "I am particularly pleased that cooperative efforts between the admissions staff and the American Ethnic Office have resulted in a 30 percent increase in applications from minority students, with acceptances up by 46 percent. This is very good news for UW-Eau Claire."

GroeneWold said 60 new freshmen are competing for Chancellor's Scholarships, which provide one-year full tuition grants. To be eligible for these UW-Eau Claire Foundation-supported scholarships, students must have an ACT score of 30 or above and be in the top quarter of their high school class. In addition, 11 National Merit Scholars are in the applicant pool, with four confirmed to enroll at this time.

"We try to give access to the best-prepared students possible," GroeneWold said, noting that access for students who are not as well-prepared is available through the summer Collegiate Bridge program or by delaying admittance to spring semester.

Transfer applicants are still being accepted in most academic programs. Potential transfer students are advised to complete applications by April 15.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 9, 1997