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UW-Eau Claire continues to attract bright students

RELEASED: Oct. 20, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire continues to be a popular choice for talented students in the Midwest, with 10,900 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester. That number includes 1,950 incoming freshmen selected from 7,000 applicants, 600 transfer students and 570 graduate students.

"UW-Eau Claire is having another strong year," said Kristina Anderson, director of admissions. "Even in a down economy, UW-Eau Claire continues to attract great students."

The average ACT score for the incoming freshman class is 24.3, well above the average for both Wisconsin and Minnesota, with 21 percent of the students coming from the top 10 percent of their high school classes and 65 percent coming from the top 30 percent of their classes.

"This year's freshman class is a talented group," Anderson said. "They have been academically successful, active in their communities and passionate about their goals. We are excited to welcome them to campus and are glad that they chose UW-Eau Claire."

The class includes three National Merit Scholars, and 131 of the new students will join the University Honors program, bringing the total honors student population to 551. About 32 percent of students are arriving with college credits from advance placement tests or college-level classes, and 11 students began the fall semester having already attained sophomore standing.

The incoming class continues to increase in diversity, with 185 freshmen of color beginning this fall, as compared with 179 at this time last year and 130 in 2009. The percentage of female students, which also continues to increase, is at 62.3 percent this year compared with 61.4 percent last year and the year before.

The percentage of freshmen who are first-generation students (those not having a parent who graduated from a four-year college) remains unchanged from last year at 38.5 percent. The number of students from low-income families has returned to 17.5 percent after a temporary increase last year.

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