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2104, 24 Sep 19

UW-Madison Is Increasingly For Out-of-State Students


Wisconsin residents make up a bare majority of freshmen at UW-Madison this year, the smallest percentage of in-state students the university has enrolled in at least 25 years.

The incoming class includes a record-breaking 7,550 students, 50.3% of whom are from Wisconsin.

That’s a 3.1-percentage-point drop from last year’s incoming class and an even steeper decline since the late 1990s and early 2000s, when two out of every three freshmen were Wisconsin residents, according to a Wisconsin State Journal analysis of enrollment reports.


2104, 24 September 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    There should be no subsidizing out of state students.

  2. Mar

    Might as well rename it to The University of Not Wisconsin Students

  3. steveegg

    That’s where the money is.

  4. jjf

    It’s the old stop-hitting-yourself trick.  WisGOP says “find more money on your own” so they did, now the WisGOP can complain about what they did.

    Kevin, universities, how do they work?

  5. Mike

    Why are Wisconsin residents turning away from UW-Madison?

  6. dad29

    Don’t assume that ‘residents are turning away….’

    There are a lot less 18-yo kiddies than there were 5 or 10 years ago.  Wisconsin is not immune to the kid-deficiency.

  7. steveegg

    The hope of the (in-state-only) tuition freeze was that the UW system would start to draw down its $1 billion slush fund.  The mistake was making the tuition freeze applicable to only residents.

  8. jjf

    Steve, you don’t think the WisGOP expected the UW to continue to court well-funded out-of-state and foreign students?

  9. steveegg

    They also expected a draw down of the slush fund, which didn’t happen because UW shifted its focus on getting out-of-state students in order to maintain said slush fund.

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