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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University is predicting lower freshman enrollment next fall, and school president Kirk Schulz says that's a good thing.

Schulz made the comment in a State of the University address on Tuesday.

He says last year's freshman class of 4,500 students was the largest in school history, which stressed out the system.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News says the freshman class this fall is expected to be between 4,200 and 4,300 students.

Schulz was asked about the athletics department deficit of some $60 million. He says progress has been made in the past three years, reducing the annual operating deficit from $13 million to $7 million a year.

Schulz says the athletics budget is expected to be balanced by 2022 and then the school can attack the debt.

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Information from: The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, http://www.dnews.com

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