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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Welcomes
New Freshman Class
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MAILED: July 6, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is continuing its commitment to excellence with the new crop of competitive freshmen attending the university this fall.
Of the approximate 2,100 freshmen entering in the fall, 17.6 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, said Roger GroeneWold, Admissions director. Forty-nine percent graduated in the top quarter of their classes and 92 percent in the top half.
These numbers are similar to previous years in measuring the high quality of the freshman class, he said.
"Those who aren't (in the top 50 percent) are very good students from competitive high schools who have high ACT scores to back up their applications," GroeneWold said.
The average ACT score for this year's freshman is 23.5, an increase of .5 from last year's, he said.
The male/female ratio also is typical of previous freshman classes, he said, with 36 percent males and 64 percent females. As a whole, the university averages a 40 percent male/60 percent female ratio.
GroeneWold attributes this ratio to the fact that "we limit enrollment and women tend to apply earlier, are more aware of the application process and also the kind of majors we offer. Nursing and elementary education attract a lot of women."
UW-Eau Claire has several programs that are attractive to students, including the service-learning requirements and a good number of scholarships supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, he said.
"Initially (students) are attracted by the beauty of the campus and then once they're here, they want to come because of what we offer — good, solid liberal arts and a wide range of majors," he said.
Many students like the service-learning requirement because it enables them to continue the active community roles they played throughout high school, GroeneWold said.
But while, for the most part, UW-Eau Claire is maintaining its same level of excellence, there's one area in which it's making great strides — cultural diversity.
UW-Eau Claire led the UW System in recruitment and retention of multicultural students for the 1997-98 academic year, said Jim Vance, director of the American Ethnic Coordinating office.
Last year's goal was to recruit 74 multicultural students, a goal the university exceeded by 54.1 percent, Vance said. One hundred and fourteen new and transfer multicultural students attended UW-Eau Claire last year, for a total of 447 multicultural students enrolled.
Jesse Dixon, student services coordinator for Academic and Career Services, said they are still reviewing 171 applications from African American, Native American, Hispanic and Southeast Asian students for the upcoming academic year.
"It's not just getting the students here, it's to have them be here, being successful, that's our ultimate objective," Dixon said.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

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

Updated: July 7, 1998