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Enrollment up at area 2 year UW schools

By Heather Sawaski

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- Enrollment at 2 year UW schools is on the rise. The system of 13 campuses projects new student numbers to jump by 7% this Fall.

UW-Marshfield Wood County typically sees around 600 students on campus every year. But come Fall, they'll be closer to the 700 mark. According to the Assistant Campus Dean, the spike in students is thanks to a combination of kids wanting to stay closer to home, and wanting to save some cash. Tuition has been frozen at all 2 year UW schools since 2006.

"Basically, we've cut what we needed to cut in order to make sure students and families aren't having that extra burden," explained Jeff Meece. "And our campuses are small enough that it really allows us to be able to do that."

He adds more students are opting to stick around for a second year instead of transferring out.

And it's the same story over in Wausau. Leaders at UW-Marathon County are expecting close to 500 new students this Fall.

"Students can start here and do pretty much whatever they want to start," said Interim Assistant Campus Dean Annette Hackbarth-Onson. "They'll start their bachelor's degrees for sure, but we also have people coming back who want to earn prerequisites for their masters programs."

Starting at a 2 year university is also a benefit for the school. Leaders say culture on campus climbs from more students as well.

"Things like student activities, student athletics, different arts areas will all see benefits from the increasing numbers," Meece said.

 UW-system leaders say campuses typically see a rush of applicants in the final few weeks before school starts. So student numbers could rise even more before classes kick off in September.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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