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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 3, 2008

UW-Green Bay closing freshman applications on April 15

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is headed toward its largest freshman class ever and will stop accepting most new freshman applications for the fall 2008 semester on Tuesday, April 15.

The closure, two weeks ahead of last year's application deadline, puts UW-Green Bay among the first UW campuses to close, and indicates a strong, continued interest in the University.

"This is an initial step in response to our region's agenda to grow UWGB," said Chancellor Bruce Shepard. "We are a university in demand, our graduates stay local, and area employers have continually sought to widen the pipeline of access to our graduates. We are very thankful for the unwavering community support that resulted in the growth agenda funding that allows us to expand enrollments without diminishing the quality of education available to current students."

The incoming freshman class will be between 1,050 and 1,075 students, about 7.5 percent more than the 2007 freshman class. If 1,075 freshmen enroll, it will be an all-time high for the University.

Enrollment at UW-Green Bay has been steady. Since 2000, UW-Green Bay has graduated about 150 more students each year than the preceding decade. The University is able to serve more freshmen now because students are graduating faster than in the past.

UW-Green Bay's Growth Agenda has a goal to grow enrollment to 7,500 students. Northeastern Wisconsin is in need of degree-holders and area business leaders are constantly looking for UW-Green Bay graduates, Shepard said.

As baby boomers retire and the number of high school graduates in the state plateaus, it will be of vital importance to maintain and increase the current level of college graduates living in the area to sustain and grow the regional economy, Shepard said. UW-Green Bay will play a major role in that effort.

Already, about 75 percent of all UW-Green Bay graduates stay in Northeastern Wisconsin, and about 90 percent stay in Wisconsin.

UW-Green Bay's total freshmen enrollment was 970 in 2003. It peaked in 2006 with 1,033 freshmen on campus.

Exceptions to the April 15 application cutoff will be made on a case-by-case basis. Applications also will continue to be accepted from students in various programs and categories, including re-enrolling, transfer, graduate, nursing completion, non-degree and Adult Degree students.

For more information about applying to UW-Green Bay, contact the Admissions Office at (920) 465-2111, or visit http://www.uwgb.edu/admissions/.

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