New student enrollment at the main campuses within the University of Wisconsin System is its highest since at least 2018, according to preliminary estimates based on the first day of classes.

The figures suggest that strategies to increase access are working and that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is waning on first-year enrollment, said UW System President Jay Rothman.

“Our UW universities are the state’s biggest and best attractor of talent, and our application process is easier and more affordable,” Rothman said. “We are turning the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, as our freshman class is the largest in years.”

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