By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Enrollment at Washington State University Tri-Cities is up by more than 11 percent this spring compared with the same semester last year, according to official numbers released today.

The number of enrolled students, which includes undergraduate, transfer and graduate students, is 1,510 – an increase of 170 students compared with last spring. The growth represents the largest average growth of any WSU campus when compared with the previous spring semester.

“Our campus continues to grow, and I think that’s a tribute to the world-class programs we have here that allow students to gain real-world experience that coincides with their hands-on classroom learning,” said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor of enrollment management and student services.

WSU Tri-Cities remains WSU’s most diverse campus, with 34.8 percent of students identifying as minorities, 55.8 percent female and 41.5 percent first generation.

“We’re very pleased that our enrollment continues an upward trend,” said WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young. “It is a reflection that we are serving our community well.

“In addition to academic opportunities, our students have a variety of options for service-based projects, like our Coug House, where our students are working with faculty and community members on constructing a house in Pasco for a local family,” he said. “Those types of opportunities allow our students to net a deeper connection to the campus and general community.”

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Chris Meiers, WSU Tri-Cities vice chancellor, 509-372-7381,
Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333,