September 21, 2018
UW students unfurl a banner during a Cowboy football game this fall. UW enrolled a record number of first-time freshmen this fall, and overall enrollment is up as well. (UW Photo)
The University of Wyoming has enrolled the largest freshman class in its history, with 1,859 first-time students this fall semester.
That is a 9.5 percent increase from fall 2017, when the enrollment of 1,696 new freshmen represented a 9.3 percent increase from 2016.
“Two straight years of nearly double-digit growth in freshman recruitment show that the University of Wyoming is no longer one of the nation’s best-kept secrets in the world of higher education,” says Kyle Moore, UW’s associate vice provost for enrollment management. “Very few institutions across the country are seeing increases of this magnitude, and we are delighted that so many students from Wyoming and beyond have chosen to become Cowboys.”
According to census data collected on the 15th day of classes, UW’s overall enrollment also increased for the second straight year. Some 12,450 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the university, compared to 12,397 last fall. The 15th class day is used because it falls after the class drop/add deadlines, and after the first tuition and fee payment is due.
A decline in the number of graduate students kept the university’s overall enrollment from rising more significantly.
The first-time freshman enrollment this semester shatters the previous record of 1,697 set in 2008. The increase was driven by enrollment of students from outside Wyoming, as 944 nonresidents are enrolled, up from 771 last fall, a 22.4 percent increase. The largest increases in out-of-state enrollment come from Colorado, California, Illinois and Nebraska.
The number of first-time freshmen from within Wyoming dropped slightly, from 925 last fall to 915 this year, but that’s largely because the number of Wyoming high school graduates decreased. The percentage of Wyoming high school graduates choosing to attend the state’s …