VANCOUVER, Wash. — Growth in enrollment and full or near full classes are the reality for Washington State University Vancouver this fall. Nearly 1,700 students are enrolled in junior-, senior- and graduate level classes and 44 percent of all classes are at maximum capacity.

“It’s an exciting fall for WSU Vancouver,” said Nancy Youlden, director of student services. “We are very pleased to exceed our enrollment target and there seems to be an increase in the number of students enrolled full-time.”

“It appears that more students are choosing the community colleges plus WSU Vancouver option and for that reason we’re seeing an influx of more traditionally aged college students. I think this growth also demonstrates an increased awareness of our programs and presence, as well as our commitment to the community.”

WSU Vancouver’s relatively new programs in computer science and biology are also starting to show the growth anticipated at their launch. This is the first fall that the Engineering Life Sciences building has been open and construction is underway on the 49,000 square foot Multimedia Classroom building set to open Spring 2003.

At 1192 full-time equivalent enrollment, WSU Vancouver exceeds its legislated funding target by 121 FTE. The legislature funded enrollment at 1071 FTE. An FTE represents one undergraduate student enrolled in 15 semester credits or one graduate student enrolled in 10 credits.

The total number of students enrolled at WSU’s campuses statewide — Pullman, Vancouver, Spokane and Tri-Cities — is 21,794, the largest in the history of WSU.

WSU Vancouver is one of four campuses within the WSU system and provides upper-division and graduate classes leading to 13 bachelor’s and eight master’s degrees. The campus is located on 351 acres just north of the Columbia River.

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