UW-La Crosse welcomes largest first-year class in school history for second year in a row

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — UW-La Crosse has the biggest incoming class of first-year students in school history for the second time.

University officials said that 2,308 first-year students had enrolled as of Sept. 10, eclipsing a record set just last year of 2,207.

“The common themes I hear from new students and families are our academic reputation — faculty, staff and students — and their desire to be a part of that,” says Corey Sjoquist, assistant vice chancellor for Admissions & Recruitment. “We have a beautiful campus with great facilities. And we’re fortunate to be located in La Crosse, which is an amazing place to live and unlike anywhere else in Wisconsin.”

Overall enrollment at the school remained essentially the same from last year, losing 12 students. Currently, UWL has 10,302 students enrolled in total.

Officials said retention rates also climbed, going from 83.7% in 2021 to 84.3% returning this fall.