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CALS undergrad enrollment is the highest since 1970

You likely saw the news: The UW-Madison welcomed its largest freshman class ever this fall. It was a big year for CALS as well. We have 427 new freshman this fall. We also welcomed 136 new transfers students. All told, the college now has 3059 students enrolled as of the 10th day of instruction, which is up 7.3 percent from last year.  That’s the highest in at least four decades.

The new class of 563 students (new freshmen and transfers) isn’t the biggest incoming CALS class ever, says John Klatt, assistant dean for student development. The record, 564, was set in 2001 with 472 freshmen and 92 transfer students. But it’s the second largest incoming class since 1970 (as far back as comparable data is available).

“In 2001, the total enrollment in the College was 2160. We have almost 33 percent more students today. And, our total enrollment is higher than it has been since at least 1970.”

Some figures (as of the 10 day of classes):

  • New students as of the 10th day of class – 514 freshman, 129 transfer students
  • Freshman by gender:  294 women, 133  men,
  • All undergrads by gender: 1824 women, 1235 men
  • Wisconsin residents : 323 freshman, 2146 total
  • Non-residents: 191 freshman, 913 total
  • Minorities: 585
  • 913 grad students—478 women and 435 men

Distribution of undergrads by major:

Agricultural and Applied Economics – 49
Agricultural Business Management – 53
Agricultural Education –
Ag Journalism – changed to Life Sciences Communication – 146
Agronomy – 26
Animal Sciences – 180
Biochemistry – 459
Biological Systems Engineering – 137
Biology* – 1295
Rural Sociology – now Community & Environmental Soc. – 55
Dairy Science – 66
Entomology – 7
Food Science – 146
Forest Science – 36
Genetics – 282
Horticulture – 47
Landscape Architecture – 75
Bacteriology/Microbiology (new name 08) – 157
Nutritional Sciences** – 257
Plant Pathology – 15
Poultry Science – 5
Soil Science – 18
Wildlife Ecology – 99

*Joint with L&S
 **Dietetics degree included

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