For the second consecutive year, UW-Madison’s freshman class is the largest in the school’s history, despite the university sending acceptance letters to fewer students than in previous years.

This year’s freshman class stands at 8,628, up nearly 2% from last year’s class, UW-Madison announced Monday. Of those, 3,787 — 44% — are in-state students.

Overall enrollment is up nearly 2,000 students over the prior year, with another record enrollment of 49,886.

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