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New students arriving at UW-Superior as campus prepares for new academic year

Posted on Aug 28, 2012
UW-Superior begins a new academic year with a record number of students living on campus.

Hundreds of new students begin moving into residence halls at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on Thursday as the university prepares to begin a new academic year.

"We're always happy to welcome our new students to campus as well as those who are returning for another year," Chancellor Renée Wachter said. "We have a strong freshman class and a record number of students living on campus, so we expect this academic year to be an exciting one."

New students begin the three-day Weekend of Welcome orientation program on Friday, August 31. Many already have registered for classes, so they'll focus on learning more about their campus and community, meeting fellow students, and preparing for college life. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Overall enrollment this fall is expected to be approximately 2,735 students, a decline of about 3 percent from last fall.

Campus officials are not concerned about the change because of strong numbers in other areas. They point out that last May the university graduated 50 more students than usual. In addition, this fall's class of new freshmen is 380, which is up slightly from last fall, and the campus enrolled more new international students than a year ago.

"We aren't worried about the slight decrease in the overall number of students," Wachter said. "We're continuing our work to enroll more students from outside our traditional recruitment areas, and we are focusing on increasing student retention and graduation rates to meet our goals for the University of Wisconsin System's Wisconsin Growth Agenda."

Noteworthy this year is the record number of students who will be living in university residence halls. Upgrades to buildings, enhanced Internet service, and amenities like in-house academic advisors and tutors are credited with attracting a record 851 new and returning students to the halls.

Students returning to campus will see little evidence of the flooding that damaged many university buildings in June. Most repairs have been completed. The university's Jim Dan Hill Library is open and using undamaged materials, e-readers and interlibrary loans to serve students while its book collection is replenished.

"Our employees and contractors have worked hard all summer to ensure the campus is ready for the beginning of fall classes with minimal disruption to our students," Wachter said. "That was our goal from the first day. I'm proud of the rapid progress we've made in our recovery."

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is an energetic comprehensive university that engages its 2,880 students through more than 30 undergraduate fields of study and seven graduate programs. UW-Superior offers a challenging academic environment, online degrees through its Distance Learning Center, and a wide range of offerings in the performing arts, community activities, and NCAA Division III athletics.

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