PULLMAN, Wash. — Enrollment at Washington State University for the 2000-2001 school year is the highest in the history of the school.

The total number of students enrolled statewide is 22,015, an increase in headcount of 2.6 percent from last fall. Full-time equivalent students (FTE) total 20,214. One FTE is counted for every 15 undergraduate credit hours and for every 10 graduate credit hours in which students are enrolled.

The largest gains were made among high-quality students enrolling from out of state and students of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Enrollment also increased among students taking classes in extended degree programs.

Each of the branches experienced FTE enrollment gains, with WSU Spokane adding the biggest percentage. The Pullman campus FTE increased 1.5 percent over one year ago, resulting in Pullman’s largest enrollment ever.

Jim Rimpau, vice provost for enrollment management, said the university is pleased with the entering freshman class. “This year’s freshman class is close to the same size as last year’s, which was the fourth largest we have ever experienced,” He said “They are also high-quality students, with an average grade point average 3.43 and SAT scores of 1057.”

On the Pullman campus, there are now 18,626 students, or 17,879 FTE. This number includes 1,533 students registered in extended degree programs.

WSU Spokane has enrolled 584 students, or 555 FTE, an increase of 14.9 percent.

At WSU Vancouver, there are 1,648 students with 1,119 FTE, an increase of 9.4 percent.

WSU Tri-Cities has registered 1,157 students with 661 FTE, an increase of 8 percent.