Although we won’t have an official tally until after the first two weeks of classes, preliminary numbers point to another strong fall enrollment for all five campuses of Washington State University.
At WSU Tri-Cities, undergraduate enrollment looks to be up by more than 4 percent, with a head count of approximately 1,400 students. At WSU Vancouver, enrollment appears to have topped 3,200 students, a 5 percent jump over last year. And at WSU Spokane, the anticipated enrollment for this fall is right at 1,450, also an increase over last year.
The Global Campus, WSU’s online campus, is enjoying similar growth. Their enrollment is approximately 1,400 students ahead of where it was a year ago.
On the Pullman campus, we are looking at an incoming class of just over 4,000, up substantially from last fall’s freshmen class. That puts us on par to match last year’s overall enrollment, which represented the second highest total enrollment in the history of the institution.
And, in total, our graduate student numbers look to be on the rise, as well.
In my opinion, these numbers reflect our ongoing efforts as an institution to improve access to a quality higher education as well as a growing understanding on the part of students and their parents about the true value of a college degree. But, it is not enough to just recruit students and get them in the door, so to speak.
Through the Provost’s Office and other WSU departments, we have created a number of new programs aimed at helping all students – new and returning – to succeed. As I mentioned at last week’s Convocation, our goal is to do everything in our power to help every single student successfully complete his or her degree program. Whatever the number, we want to see all of them at graduation!