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Enrollment report: CALS student numbers for 2020-21

Just over 700 new students joined CALS this fall, including 541 new undergraduates and 165 new graduate students. 460 are new freshmen.

The Sixth Week Enrollment Report indicates the college has a total of 2,892 undergraduate students this fall, down from a peak of 3,653 undergraduates in 2014. Of the current undergraduate total, 64 percent are women and 36 percent are men. Among our 913 graduate students, 58 percent are women and 42 percent are men.

Undergraduate enrollment at CALS has been dropping slightly in recent years. During the first COVID enrollment year, CALS lost five percent of our undergraduates (3,058 in Fall 2019 to 2,892 in Fall 2020). Graduate student numbers have been increasing slightly since their low of 829 graduate students in 2016 and this year saw a 3.5 percent increase, equal to graduate enrollments in 2012.

UW–Madison enrolled 7,306 freshmen this year, down three percent from last year. These students were selected from a record 45,941 applicants, up more than four percent over last year.

Distribution of undergrads by major:
Agricultural and Applied Economics – 39
Agricultural Business Management – 64
Agronomy – 14
Animal Sciences – 140
Biochemistry* – 567/CALS = 344
Biological Systems Engineering – 204
Biology* – 1136/CALS = 679
Community & Environmental Sociology – 48
Dairy Science – 58
Entomology – 19 (up from 16 in 2019)
Environmental Science* – 174 /CALS = 115
Food Science – 92
Forest Science – 18
Genetics/Genetics and Genomics – 387 (up from 382 in 2019)
Global Health  – 47 (new major in Fall 2020)
Horticulture – 30
Life Sciences Communication – 152
Microbiology* – 221/CALS = 173
Nutritional Sciences – 223
Plant Pathology – 15
Soil Science – 4
Undeclared – 39
Wildlife Ecology – 73 (up from 69 in 2019)

*Joint with L&S, with CALS enrollments listed