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Enrollment figures show improved numbers, academics
September 13, 2005

Washington State University reported a record fall semester enrollment of 23,330 at its four campuses statewide when official 10th day figures were released Tuesday, Sept. 13.That represents a 0.9 percent increase over last fall’s total. Enrollment increased on three of WSU’s campuses and remained steady on the fourth. Pullman’s incoming class continued the trend of improving the academic quality of WSU’s new students.”We are extremely pleased with the size and qualifications of the incoming class of students. At a time when our state needs more well-educated college graduates, these enrollment figures represent good news both for WSU and for the state,” said Vicki McCracken, associate … » More …

How does WSU compare?
September 2, 2005

Harvard recently topped the Ivy League list as the university with the lowest student acceptance rate, according to an article in Newsweek. Coming in at only 9.1 percent, with a record 22,796 applications, its selectivity — and competitiveness — has never been tougher … or so it seems. To get a better understanding of what this really means for WSU — which has an acceptance rate of about 75 percent (out of 9,463 applicants in 2004) — let’s break it down a little. Acceptance rate indicates the number of students accepted for admission to a university from the pool of applicants. Enrollment yield is the … » More …

Highly qualified freshman class begins studies at WSU
August 24, 2005

Washington State University students began their fall semester classes Monday (Aug. 22) with more than 23,000 students coming back to school at four WSU campuses.Among those students are about 2,900 first-time freshmen who are starting classes on the Pullman campus.The incoming freshman class in Pullman again appears to be a highly qualified group. Preliminary estimates put the overall high school grade point average of the incoming class at 3.5, with more than 38 percent having a high school grade point average of 3.6 or above. Both figures represent slight increases from fall 2004. The average SAT score of the incoming class is about 1,100, up … » More …

Immigration flood and boomers fuel record enrollment
June 2, 2005

College and university enrollment will likely increase for years to come. According to new statistics, a record 49.6 million students filled U.S. schools in 2003, breaking a mark set by their baby-boomer parents and grandparents and giving educators a new generation of challenges.The growth is largely due to all the children who were born in the late 1940s to early 1960s and have since become parents themselves, the Census Bureau said yesterday. Rising immigration played a part, too, in pushing enrollment past the 1970 record of 48.7 million. Immigration has helped fuel the national boom. Twenty-two percent of students had at least one foreign-born parent, … » More …

Numbers offer map to treasured enrollment mix
February 18, 2005

Vicki McCracken is an unabashed number cruncher. A data wizard whose challenge is to help Washington State University’s administration navigate a course to achieve its enrollment and strategic goals.In late January, she was named WSU’s associate vice president and associate vice provost for enrollment services, with a primary reporting line to Student Affairs and a secondary reporting line to the Provost of Academic Affairs. To say the least, it’s a key position that will chart a course determining WSU’s future student demographics — academic standings, diversity, majors, gender.“I like to think big picture, not just what it means to us,” says McCracken… “I want to … » More …

Spring semester shows enrollment growth
February 4, 2005

The number of students attending classes on the campuses of Washington State University is up by 4.1 percent at the beginning of spring semester 2005 over comparable figures from last spring. Total spring enrollment is 21,894.The Pullman, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Spokane campuses all report increases in headcount enrollment and numbers of full-time equivalent (FTE) students — a measure of credit hours taken — according to the official 10th day enrollment statistics released by the university Jan. 31.The Pullman campus reports 17,354 headcount and 17,331 FTEs. Those figures represent increases of 2.4 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, over spring 2004.The largest rise among the WSU campuses … » More …

Enroll now for flexible spending accounts
October 29, 2004

The annual open enrollment period for 2005 flexible spending accounts continues through Nov. 30. Those wishing to participate in calendar year 2005 must submit the completed enrollment form by the deadline to the WSU Benefits Office, 232 French Administration, Pullman, WA 99164-1024, campus zip 1024. Enrollment forms and information about how a flexible spending account can save you money can be found athttp://www.wsu.edu/benefits under Hot Topics. If you have questions, please visit Jan M. Rauk at the Benefits Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in French Administration, or reach her at 335-2523 or jmrauk@wsu.edu. Meanwhile, the 2004 flexible spending account year is coming … » More …

Transfer students show equal performance despite pitfalls
October 15, 2004

Rebecca Larsen knows first hand the pitfalls involved in transferring to Washington State University. The senior sociology major, who transferred from Olympic Community College in Bremerton two years ago, now works in the WSU Transfer Center, where she confronts similar problems among students on a daily basis. Like many transfer students, Larsen arrived at WSU only to discover she was sadly lacking in university requirements necessary to enter a specific degree program. Yet, the students had been told they were fulfilling those requirements while attending community college. “There is a definite lack of communication and advising knowledge in many of the community colleges,” said Larsen. … » More …

Enrollment up at most campuses
September 17, 2004

Washington State University has welcomed another large and highly qualified class of freshmen to its Pullman campus for the 2004-2005 academic year. The incoming first-time freshman class at Pullman is comprised of 3,108 students with an average high school grade point average of 3.46. Last year’s freshman class, which was cited as the best qualified in the university’s history, totaled 3,032 students with an overall GPA of 3.44. The size of the class reflects a record number of both applications to the university and denials of admissions because of academic credentials or space considerations. A total of 9,463 students applied to WSU, up from 9,132 … » More …

Enrollment Management Conference June 9-11
May 18, 2004

The 2004 WSU Enrollment Management Conference will be held on the WSU Pullman campus June 9-11.The Enrollment Management Conference is for anyone who participates in recruiting or retaining undergraduate students at Washington State University or who wishes to gain a greater knowledge of the university’s academic programs and enrollment management activities.The conference will include a presentation by Doug Baker, vice provost for academic affairs, on “Strategies to Offer the Best Undergraduate Experience in a Research University.” In addition, there will be more than 30 informational presentations from which tochoose.Before June 1, registration will be $50. After June 1, $65. Full details about the conference and … » More …