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WSU Tri-Cities Enrollment

RICHLAND, Wash. - They did not know what to expect but now Washington State University Tri-Cities Officials are thinking of ways to accommodate all the interested freshmen.

WSU Tri-Cities Officials said they have received 234 applications for their freshman class but do not anticipate the majority of them actually signing up.  However, school officials said that number is higher then what they originally expected.  

WSU Tri-Cities Vice Chancellor Don Lynch said, "It's a problem we want to be faced with.  We want to be faced with unexpectedly large enrollments, so we'd rather have that problem then the reverse."

University officials also said they received 60 percent more applications for transfer students this year.

Chancellor Vicky Carwein said, "I don't know if it took us by surprise but I don't think we ever expected this number of applications so now we are trying to figure out how we can double our fund raising efforts."

The University promised every freshman a 3,000 dollar scholarship their first year and a 3,000 dollar scholarship their senior year if they continued with all four years.  Students also have to maintain a certain grade point average.  The first 35 students that enroll receive a free laptop.

Carwein said, "We know that we may have more than what we are funded by the state, but even if that's the case, we are committed to trying to add every freshman and every transfer student who wants to come to this campus. "

Lynch said, "We like what we've seen so far, we think the community likes what they've seen so far and we're just going to keep it on a roll.  This is a very critical time in getting state support for our campus."

University officials said they will be turning to the community to ask for more scholarship money and asking politicians for more funds.