RICHLAND — The first-ever freshman class at WSU Tri-Cities is up to 104 students.

“We are thrilled with the community’s response and remain committed to admitting all qualified freshmen and transfer students who want to attend WSU Tri-Cities,” Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein said. “There clearly is a demand for higher education, which we are meeting in our new role as the region’s only four-year public university.”

WSU Tri-Cities has offered upper division — junior and senior — and graduate courses since 1989. Last year, with the collaboration and support of the Tri-Cities, the regional campus received legislative approval to expand to a four-year program effective August 2007. Fall classes start Aug. 20.

The fall 2007 application count this week is:
– Applications received: 282 freshmen, 495 transfers.
– Admission offers made: 144 freshmen, 230 transfers.
– Tuition deposits made (an indication of intent to enroll): 104 freshmen,
178 transfers.

Carwein said support from the business community is key to the success of the four-year program. Incoming full-time freshmen receive an incentive package that includes a $6,000 scholarship split between the freshman and senior year, a reconditioned laptop computer donated by Lockheed Martin, an internship and mentoring.

With the increase in freshmen, additional scholarship funds are needed. Contact LoAnn Ayers, Director of Campus Advancement, at 509-727-8774 or ayers@tricity.wsu.edu.

To apply to WSU Tri-Cities or to arrange a campus tour, contact the admissions office at 509-372-7250 or admiss@tricity.wsu.edu.