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UW-La Crosse campus reports slight increase in enrollment over last fall, credits high retention rate



The fall figures for student enrollment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are more positive than statewide numbers released a week earlier.

UW-L said the official enrollment total for fall, based on the 10th day of classes, is 25 students higher than last year at 10,327 students.

In 2019, the school set a record by almost 300 students. The past two years, UW-L has set back-to-back records for incoming freshman.

Retention is a key factor for the increase. La Crosse officials say 87 percent of last year’s freshmen are still on campus this semester. It’s the highest retention level in a decade.

About 10 percent of the La Crosse students are classified as persons of color.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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