WSU welcomes record size freshman class

Aug 22, 2011

The new school year at Washington State University has brought with it a record class of freshmen in Pullman, with about 4,200 first-year students on campus.

"This class is highly competitive, this class represents the largest population of color than we’ve had in the history of our university, and we’ve been doing that at a time in which we’ve been more fiscally challenged than ever before," said WSU President Elson Floyd.

Floyd spoke to reporters on Monday, the first day of class for the fall semester.

WSU will need to cut at least $20 million from its budget both this fiscal year and next. Despite the university's financial issues, applications to WSU were up 13 percent from a year ago.

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