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EWU Enrollment Remains Steady

Published: October 13, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University's fall enrollment remains steady and is highlighted by another strong freshman class and continued growth in overall diversity.

The 2016 entering freshman class is the second largest in school history at 1,700, just shy of last year's record mark of 1,711. Overall, there are 12,279 new and continuing students taking classes at Eastern this quarter.

For the first time in school history, EWU's overall diversity exceeds 30 percent (30.8 percent) underrepresented minority and international students. And for the second year in a row, Eastern welcomes the most diverse freshman (37.1 percent) and transfer (33.9 percent) classes.

"These enrollment numbers reflect Eastern's continuing commitment to meeting the needs of students from all backgrounds," says EWU President Mary Cullinan. "EWU is proud to provide students with a welcoming, inclusive and challenging academic environment."

Eastern also continues to realize enrollment growth among Hispanic students, who represent the fastest growing population in the state of Washington. More than 18 percent of the entering freshman class is Hispanic, a 2 percent jump over the previous year. Overall Hispanic student enrollment is also up by a percentage point, to nearly 13.5 percent.

The university's continued growth has been sparked by strong academic programs that reflect students' interests and needs as well a powerful commitment to diversity, a welcoming campus climate, and focus on student support and success.

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