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WSU announce record enrollment numbers for spring semester 2017

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Washington State University is celebrating its biggest spring semester enrollment ever, and now officials with the university would like to see those numbers continue to climb.

KLEW Palouse Bureau Chief, Alex Crescenti has more.

For the spring semester of 2017 Washington State University saw 28,240 students walk through their doors, that’s up two-percent from the spring of 2016. In Pullman 69 freshmen and 278 transfer students enrolled. The Spokane campus had 67 transfer students and Tri-Cities had 11 freshmen and 62 transfers.

“That's really to be expected,” said Provost Dan Bernardo. “These are spring semester numbers so they really pretty much reflective of the previous fall semester numbers.”

Retention rate for both freshmen and transfer students was more than 92-percent for the Pullman campus. That number is key to the WSU’s drive to 25 goal by President Kirk Schulz to become a top tier research university. But this has been a focus by the university for some time now.

“We're happy to see that number respond to a whole host of strategies that we've employed over the past couple of years,” said Bernardo.

When Provost Dan Bernardo started working at WSU more than a decade ago, the university was recruiting up to 32-hundred freshmen each year. Now that number is up to 43-hundred and they would like to continue to grow.

“We'll probably continue to try to increase our freshmen enrollment 100 to 200 students over say the next five years here in Pullman,” said Bernardo.

For the upcoming fall semester Provost Bernardo told me they would like to have between 47-hundred and 49-hundred new freshmen attend the university. Fall last year that number was about 47-hundred and 50.

There has also been a high demand for the new Floyd Medical School on the Spokane campus. The university received more than 700 applications for the 60 spots and they are in the process of interviewing 350 students right now.

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