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10th-day enrollment stats reveal several achievements

Tenth-day enrollment figures continued to show record-high levels, with advancements in many areas including the recruiting of high academic achievers and people of color.

“We set out to bring in a (freshman) class with more who were recognized as high achievers and we accomplished this,” said Janet Danley, director of enrollment services. Some 36.6 percent of the class had a grade point average of 3.6 or better.

The class is up in all indicators, SAT scores as well as high school GPAs, Danley added.

The new freshman class includes 1,478 women and 1,312 men. Some 2,416 are Washington residents. There are 411 students of color, 14.7 percent of the class, an increase of 21.1 percent above the 2001 freshman class. The international student number is 41 up slightly from 37 reported a year ago.

The new Regents Scholars Program attracted 124 students, most of whom received $3,000 scholarships renewable for one year. Eighteen received four-year, full-ride scholarships.

Universitywide, enrollment increased 1.8 percent to 22,166. There are 1,439 transfer students this fall, compared to 1,329 a year ago. The average GPA is 3.03, compared to 2.95 in 2001.

• Pullman has 18,441 students, up 0.6 percent over last year, including 51.6 percent women and 13.1 percent students of color.

• Tri-Cities has 1,099 students, an increased 2.14 percent. That includes 57.1 percent women and 10 percent students of color.

• Spokane has 827 students, up nearly 18 percent. That includes 50.7 percent women and 12.8 percent students of color.

• Vancouver enrolled 1,799 students, up 7 percent. That includes 65.3 percent women and 6.7 percent students of color.

• Distance Degree Programs have 2,390 students, an increase of 20 percent over last year.

• The Graduate School enrolled more than 3,300 students, approximately 2,000 in Pullman. Graduate student enrollment throughout the university increased more than 12 percent during the past year to nearly 3,300, a record high.

“This tremendous increase in the number of graduate students choosing WSU as the place to launch their professional career is a clear indicator of the outstanding programs that we offer and the world-class status of our faculty,” said Howard Grimes, interim dean of the Graduate School, said. “Make no mistake, graduate students choose an institution because of its excellence, and faculty make this excellence.”

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