New numbers released by Washington State University today show an all-time high in enrollment this semester, along with an increase in diversity and size.
Some 28,686 students are enrolled at WSU campuses throughout the state this semester, over 1,000 students more than the previous record set in fall 2012 and a four percent increase over last year's enrollment.
“This is good news,” said Dan Bernardo, WSU provost and executive vice president. “Undergraduate enrollment is up three and a half percent, which is particularly impressive given the current demographics of the state.” He explained that the state is currently in a “trough” of high a high school graduation curve, reducing the pool of potential students.
At WSU, the overall increase includes a five percent increase in the number of graduate students and a seven percent increase in students pursuing professional degrees in nursing, pharmacy, medical sciences and veterinary medicine.