Eastern Washington University has enrolled a record number of first-time freshman for the fall 2018 quarter, and the overall student body headcount and diversity remain strong.
The freshman class this year totals 1,758 new students. This not only surpasses last year’s total by 123 students, or 7.5 percent, but also breaks the previous first-time freshman record of 1,711 set in in 2015.
“I’m delighted to welcome the largest-ever freshman class to Eastern this fall,” said EWU President Mary Cullinan. “They come to us from all over the state and all over the world, and they bring tremendous energy to our dynamic campus.”
Overall, Eastern has 12,635 students taking classes in Cheney, Spokane and its other locations this quarter, which exceeds last year’s total of 12,607.
For the third year in a row, EWU’s ethnic diversity makes up more than 30 percent of the total enrollment, hitting just over 32 percent.
Hispanic students, who represent the fastest growing population in the state of Washington, make up the largest group of underrepresented students at just over 15 percent.
The fall quarter at EWU started Sept. 19, and enrollment numbers were finalized Oct. 2.