WSU reports small enrollment increase for spring semester

Washington State University spring semester enrollments were up slightly university-wide, according to enrollment reports released Feb. 2.

Overall, head-count enrollments at the four WSU campuses for spring 2006 are 21,903, compared to 21,894 last spring. The total of full-time equivalent students, a measure of credit hours taken, shows a greater increase, from 20,527 in spring 2005 to 20,662 in spring 2006. WSU Spokane, WSU Vancouver and WSU Tri-Cities all showed increases in FTE enrollment from last spring, while Pullman’s FTE enrollment remained steady.

Spring headcount enrollment for the Pullman campus is 17,335 students, down slightly from 17,354 last spring. Women represent 49.4 percent of Pullman enrollment; students of color make up 14 percent of the student body.

WSU Spokane showed an increase in head-count enrollment of 2.6 percent over spring 2005, to 1,485 students. Full-time equivalent students increased from 1,177 to 1,272, an increase of 8.1 percent. Sixty-nine percent of students at WSU Spokane are women, 12.6 percent are students of color.

At WSU Tri-Cities, head-count enrollment dropped from 1,197 in spring 2005 to 1,106 in spring 2006, while the number of full-time equivalent students rose slightly from 683 to 690. Women make up 57.8 percent of WSU Tri-Cities enrollment and students of color are 8.9 percent.

Headcount enrollment at WSU Vancouver increased 4.3 percent over spring 2005, from 1,895 to 1,977 this spring. The number of full-time equivalent students also rose, from 1,337 in spring 2005 to 1,369 in spring 2006. Students of color make up 8 percent of total enrollment at WSU Vancouver; women comprise 62.5 percent of the student body.

The spring enrollment figures reflect a change in the way that the credit hours taken by some distance degree students are counted. Students enrolled at a regional WSU campus who also take distance degree classes now have their distance degree credit hours counted toward the campus they attend.

This change reflects the services provided by the regional campuses for these students. Previously, most distance degree enrollments and course hours were credited to WSU Pullman where those programs are administered.

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