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UW-Madison continues trend of large entering class from Wisconsin

August 6, 2014 By Greg Bump

Photo: Students in lecture hall

First-year students are seen seated at the Chancellor’s Convocation at the Kohl Center in 2013. UW–Madison received a record number of freshman applications for fall 2014.


The University of Wisconsin–Madison will likely welcome its second largest class of Wisconsin-resident freshmen since 2005 this fall, with enrollment of state residents expected to be near 3,700.

“We are excited to welcome this outstanding class to UW–Madison,” Adele Brumfield, director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment, says. “It is especially exciting to have so many of our home state’s best and brightest come to our university to receive a world-class education.”

The largest class of Wisconsin resident freshmen since 2005 was last year, when 3,843 state residents enrolled.

Overall, UW–Madison received a record number of freshman applications for fall 2014, topping 30,000 for the first time in the school’s history. The 30,463 applications is a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. 

Wisconsin resident applications totaled 7,981, a 5.4 percent increase from 2013. UW­–Madison admitted 5,731 Wisconsin residents, which resulted in an admit rate of 71.8 percent.

Freshman applications from outside of Wisconsin totaled 22,482, an increase of 380, or 1.7 percent, over last year. Of those, 5,636 were from international students representing 106 countries outside of the United States.

Domestically, students applied from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories in 2014.

International students were admitted at a 24.3 percent rate, while the domestic, nonresident admittance rate in 2014 was 43.8 percent.

In total, the university offered admission to 14,480 students, which resulted in an admit rate of 47.5 percent. 

A total of 6,013 applications were received from students of color (Asian, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Native Hawaiian), an increase of 552 or 10.1 percent over 2013. 

“This is a class that is very academically talented. We are proud to include so many state residents and pleased that there is more interest in attending UW–Madison from students of color,” Brumfield says.