MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the UW-Madison has seen an increase in enrollment. In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News we'll explain the growth.
Although college enrollment has dipped nationally since the economic downturn, the number of students enrolling in biological and food science classes at UW-Madison's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is rising.
Kate VandenBosch, the Dean of College of Ag. & Life Sciences at UW-Madison says, "Over the last decade we've increased our enrollment by thirty three percent, and in the last year it's been about seven and a half percent in one year alone."
The college has also seen increases in areas that in the past were less popular.
Kate: "Animal sciences is also growing, nutritional sciences really has been growing until we started to hit a capacity issue, and so it's now capping."
The university has also seen growth in minority populations and foreign students entering the program, as well as an increase in female students and urban students with no dairy or agricultural background.
Cheyenne Lentz, a Sophomore at UW-Madison says, "I was pretty sure I wanted to go into the restaurant business, I really wanted to be a chef, and I still do! Mostly I just want to make healthy dishes and serve them to people, so I thought food science would be a way for me to do that."
Another surprising statistic is the fact that most of the undergraduate students have multiple job offers before they even have the chance to enroll in the graduate program.
Cheyenne: "I think I have a good future ahead of me. There's so many opportunities in agriculture that I will definitely have a job when I graduate."
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News.
The U.S.D.A. has projected a need for more than 54,000 new graduates to work in agriculture through 2015 and even more beyond that.
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