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CWU reports record breaking enrollment numbers

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Wednesday was the first day of classes at Central Washington University, they hit record enrollment numbers. The freshman class alone has more than 1,600 students.

"Well it's very exciting because we have the highest enrollment that we've ever had at Central. We're about 500 students up at the Ellensburg campus alone," said Traci Terrell, registrar, CWU.

Traditionally, as unemployment numbers rise so does college enrollment. Last year the enrollment hovered just under 10,000. Today it's up to 10,607.

For some students it's about affordability, others couldn't picture themselves anywhere else.

"I applied to Western and WSU and UW, but those didn't meet the standards that Central Washington met so I choose Central," said Sean McNulty, student, CWU.

It could be a combination of economy and reputation that peaked Central's enrollment numbers.

"I like their education program and I want to be a teacher, so it was one of the best in the state," said Kirsten Dale, student, CWU.

Extra students have made for busy days at the registrar's office. Today they'll see 300 students or more. And they've been trying to add more sections to busy courses.

"I got into all my classes that I wanted, but I was in my geology class earlier and he was turning people away that were on the wait list," said Dale.

"Ya, there's been a lot more people, lot more girls walking around on campus," said McNulty.

Terrell said the recently added teaching centers are probably helping the enrollment numbers. She thinks new marketing may have also caught students attention. Whatever the reason for the record breaking enrollment, one things for certain, more fans at Wildcat football.