UW-Green Bay numbers up as UW System sees enrollment decline

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- As enrollment numbers across the UW System decline, UW-Green Bay sees an increase in students.

“The reality is the population in Wisconsin is declining, not inclining,” says Eric Arneson, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Climate at UW-Green Bay. “So again, pretty amazing fact that our numbers are going up and unfortunately some of our sister schools are not.”

Enrollment numbers have been on the rise at UW-Green Bay for the past few years, a trend that’s continuing this fall.

“The high growth has been in the last two years, when we’ve had double digit percentages up in freshman the last two years,” says Jennifer Jones, Director of Admissions at UW-Green Bay.

For fall 2017, the undergrad headcount is 7,158 students, up nearly 400 from 6,779 students in fall 2015.

Faculty say that increase is likely because of new courses being offered and success UW-Green Bay students have finding a job after graduation.

“Build your résumé while you’re working on your Bachelor's Degree,” Jones says. “We have a great placement rate for students. 98% of our students have a job within six months of graduation.”

Faculty expect enrollment numbers to keep rising over the next few years, and have already started plans to add to the campus and curriculum.

“We are about at capacity in terms of housing, but we're now looking at two things,” says Arneson. “Adding more housing, and how can we do that and how do we create a new residence hall or residence halls on campus? At the same time, how do we connect with our community?”

As the campus continues to grow, the university will offer more sections of each course, and may even bring in more instructors.

Action 2 News reached out to school across the UW System to find enrollment figures across the state.

UW-Madison’s numbers are also up, but schools like UW-Oshkosh and UW-Milwaukee, and the UW System as a whole, have declining enrollment.

On top of that, all two-year UW Campus enrollment numbers are down, compared to 2016’s enrollment numbers.