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UW sees high first year application rate, pushes back confirmation date

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The University of Wyoming reports the four-year institution has received nearly 6,000 first-year student applications for the coming fall semester and admitted 5,500 of those applicants, the largest number of applications in five years. UW has also extended its enrollment confirmation date from May 1 to June 1.

According to the University, this new deadline will help those prospective students make informed decisions amid the delayed rollout of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Chad Baldwin, UW Director of Institutional Communications, elaborated on the decision, saying it’s not something UW wanted to do but felt it was needed to aid students and their families.

C. Baldwin

In addition to extending the enrollment confirmation deadline to June 1, UW has also pushed the housing deposit deadline for new first-year students from May 1, to June 1, to accommodate students.

Baldwin reported that as of March 15, UW’s 5,988 first-time student applicant number was up 7.3 percent from the same time last year, and the number of admitted students was 5,500, up 8.7 percent. Both figures are the highest since 2020.

UW reports that the number of Wyoming applicants is up 3 percent, with Colorado applicants up 4.6 percent. Among the other states from which UW is seeing more applicants are California, up 13.8 percent; Texas, up 14.3 percent; Nebraska, up 17.6 percent; Washington, up 32 percent; Nevada, up 26.8 percent; Minnesota, up 9.4 percent; and Virginia, up 25.3 percent. Baldwin said UW increased its marketing efforts in those states and several others starting late last summer.

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