MAILED: Aug. 23, 2000
Thanks to a strong academic reputation and aggressive recruiting, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will once again welcome a top-notch group of incoming freshmen for the 2000-01 academic year.
Of the 2,063 new freshmen starting classes Sept. 5, 18 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, said Admissions Interim Director Kris Anding. Fifty-two percent of the incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their classes, and 95 percent of the group graduated in the top 50 percent of their high school class. Anding said the percentages are the same as last year except in the top 10 percent grouping, which last year stood at 19 percent.
The average ACT score for the incoming freshmen is 23.6, the same as last year. The male/female ratio stands at 36 percent male and 64 percent female, which reflects the overall ratio for the entire university, she said. Seventy-four percent of the class resides in Wisconsin, 24 percent are from Minnesota and 2 percent are non-residents.
"Nationally more women than men are pursuing higher education," Anding said. "This trend is reflected on most UW System campuses."
The class includes five institution-sponsored National Merit Scholars and 36 Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholars, who are students ranked first or second in their high school class. In addition, 293 new freshmen earned Advanced Placement Credits, totaling 2,141 credits and involving 495 courses. Students earn AP credits by successful completion of advanced placement examinations.
There are 93 freshmen eligible to join the Honors Program, and 89 have chosen to join. The criteria for admission involve a student's academic standing in high school and scores achieved on either the ACT or SAT achievement tests.
Anding says UW-Eau Claire attracts high quality students because of its strong reputation in the Midwest, its large Honors program and proactive recruitment efforts.
"Again this year we visited over 300 high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota and attended well over 50 college fairs in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois" Anding said. "We also attended national college fairs in Milwaukee and Minneapolis and accommodated more than 17,500 visitors to the campus."
Among its proactive strategies to recruit top students to UW-Eau Claire, the Admissions Office again purchased names of sophomores and juniors in Wisconsin and some areas of Minnesota who scored well on their ACTs and sent them a targeted search piece and invitation to campus. If the student returns the interest card, the Admissions staff continues to keep in touch through personal e-mails, letters and phone calls from current students, along with newsletters, high school visits and campus visits.
"These are students who we believe would do very well here but who haven' t contacted us," Anding said. "We receive a significant number of contacts and applications as a result of this activity."
The impact of technology on the admissions process continues to grow. Last year 2,431 students applied via the UW System electronic application on the Internet. "We were third among the UW System's schools in the number of electronic applications we received, behind Madison and then Milwaukee," she said.
The newly designed Admissions Web site is colorful, easy to read and increasingly popular with online visitors, Anding notes. This past year there were nearly 9,000 inquiries via the Web (ask-uwec.edu), a 105 percent increase over last year.
"There is tremendous competition for the brightest and the best high school graduates," Anding says. "We think UW-Eau Claire has a great deal to offer these students, and we are working hard to get the word out."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 23, 2000