PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University administrative leaders discussed the influx of new freshmen into the university at a press conference held Monday in the Lewis Alumni Centre on the Pullman campus.

Monday was the first day of fall semester classes in Pullman and on all of WSU’s campuses.

The big news on the first day is that the university is welcoming a record class of first-time freshmen in Pullman, with about 4,200 first-year students expected. Official enrollment totals will be available following the 10th day of classes.

President Elson S. Floyd; John Fraire, vice president for student affairs and enrollment; Viji Murali, vice president for information services and chief information officer; and Joan King, chief university budget officer, talked about the preparations that had been made over the summer to accommodate the record class.

The class of first-time freshmen in Pullman is not only the largest in the university’s history, but also the most diverse, with minority students making up about 28 percent of the freshmen. The university is also seeing an increase in first-generation students and students from rural and underserved areas.

Soundbites from President Floyd regarding the new school year, as well as campus video from today, is available for download. Go to http://mediatransfer.wsu.edu/ and log-in using “wsunews” as  Username and “wsunews” as Password. B-Roll is called “campusVO” and SOT’s are called “pressSOTS”. Find your file format, and right-click and save the underlined file that is next to “Download File”. Do Not Open In Browser.

Media contact:
Darin Watkins, darin.watkins@wsu.edu, 509-335-4556