UW expects second-largest class in 9 years

Morning sunlight shines on Bascom Hall as pedestrians walk across Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during spring on March 29, 2012. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

MADISON (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison is expecting its second-largest class of state-resident freshmen in nine years this fall.

The university saw its largest class of resident freshmen since 2005 last year, when 3,843 enrolled. The school is expecting about 3,700 to enroll this fall.

UW officials say they received 7,981 resident freshman applications for this fall, up 5.4 percent from last year.