UW Madison students return to the classroom for fall semester

UW Madison students return to the classroom for fall semester
Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 4:21 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -Coming off of the first Badger football win of the season, it’s back to school for Badgers at UW Madison Wednesday. The class of 2026 making their debut appearance in classrooms for the fall semester.

There are a myriad of first day events happening around campus today including Badger Fest 2022, Voter Registration, Badger Volunteer opportunities.

Starting his senior year, Reez Bailey of Madison says his advice for incoming freshmen is to take full advantage of the time on campus because it goes quick.

“Don’t be afraid to just be yourself and really put yourself out there because it can be a really rewarding experience to just not hold back,” Bailey said “Find your people here on campus and really give it your all.”

The enrollment numbers come from the university’s official census, taken each semester on the 10th day of classes.

Last year’s freshman class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was the largest in the institution’s history hitting nearly 8,500. It also included the most Wisconsin residents of any freshman class in the last 20 years, at nearly 46 percent.

“It looks like we could have the largest class that we’ve ever accepted,” starts Dr. Lori Reesor, UW Madison Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. “Very highly qualified academic group of students as well and so we’re just super excited that we’re a place that students want to be and now our goal is to help them be successful to help them transition to the classroom and all the student activities that we have here.”

“Bringing pride to Madison brings pride to the state of Wisconsin and we’re going to create more alumni and we hope, and want those students to stay when they graduate from this institution,” Reesor said. “So I think any kind of welcoming that we can do as a whole community to our students is a win-win for everybody.”

The university’s COVID-19 policy will be the same as when students let out for spring: Masks may be worn but will not be required inside university buildings. Masks are however required when visiting COVID-19 test sites and other clinical spaces on campus, including University Health Services.

UW–Madison is vaccinating all eligible students and employees, to schedule an appointment, see here.

To see the university’s full COVID-19 policy see here.