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UW-Superior Bucks Trend as Systemwide Enrollment Drops

UW-Superior's enrollment rose this year while most other UW campuses saw declines. UW-Superior's enrollment rose this year while most other UW campuses saw declines. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: October 17, 2019 04:43 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Enrollment at the University of Wisconsin dropped 2.6% percent compared to last year.

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Preliminary enrollment for the 2019 academic year announced by the university Thursday was just over 167,000 students. That is down from nearly 4,500 students from last year.

Enrollment on the flagship Madison campus was up 2% or 879 students. UW-Green Bay, La Crosse, Parkside and Superior were the only other campuses where enrollment did not decline.

UW-Superior's enrollment was essentially steady, with an increase of two students to 2,603. 

UW-Stevens Point and Platteville saw the largest declines at 9.7% each.

The university described the systemwide 2.6% drop was "modest" and are part of a trend of fewer high school graduates and low unemployment rates amid a strong economy.

UW President Ray Cross says the drop was not unexpected given demographics.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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