Green Bay, Wis.—Northeast Wisconsin received good news on the future workforce front today when the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced that final enrollment numbers for Fall 2021 are much stronger than originally predicted.
The 9% enrollment gain accelerates the upward trend the University has been on over the last six years and shows its growing impact on the economy and quality of life in Northeast Wisconsin.
Overall, 830 more students chose UW-Green Bay this year, representing total enrollment growth of 9% and making the University the fastest-growing UW school for the second year in a row.
“We are so incredibly proud of our higher institutions of learning that serve our entire 18-county region, says Barb LaMue, president and CEO of New North, Inc. “UW-Green Bay’s enrollment is a reflection of enhanced outreach to students at all stages of life, engagement with the business community on helping their talent continue their education to receive degrees in high-demand occupations, and the University staff being fully immersed in local communities to develop programs that meet the needs of the region.”
UW-Green Bay saw enrollment increases at all four of its campuses in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. In addition to growing at every corner of the region, the University is also growing across every student-degree path, including area high school students taking college credits in high school, undergraduate students and students seeking master’s degrees.
“We continue to push as hard as we can to make sure UW-Green Bay is right-sized to serve the third largest economic region of Wisconsin,” Chancellor Michael Alexander said. “Our enrollment growth is holistic and supports our view that access to higher education should be available throughout a person’s life. Our faculty and staff deserve enormous credit for the work they did not only to recruit a great incoming class, but also to retain students so well throughout the last year.”
In May of 2021, the University announced that it was expanding its program to target districts in Ashland, Shawano, Wausau, Green Bay and Milwaukee. It was developed in the Manitowoc Public School District and launched in Fall 2020. The forecast for the future of the University also appears strong, with first-year student admits for the Fall 2022 continuing to trend higher than a year ago.