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Eastern Washington sets enrollment record

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University has a record number of students this fall.

The Cheney school reported 10,504 full-time equivalent students, 379 more than last fall quarter.

That tops the previous record of 2006, when Eastern had 10,288 students.

Eastern's president said the record enrollment brings challenges, as the university is still adjusting to state-mandated budget cuts of $26 million as a result of the recession.

"Obviously, we are very happy to have such strong enrollment at Eastern, as we take pride in our mission to educate students and prepare them to be successful once they graduate," said EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo. "However, because the legislature reduced our budget by $26 million with the likelihood of more reductions, students will see things like larger class sizes occur. Still, Eastern is committed to working with the resources we have to minimize the impact on student instruction."

Arévalo attributed the higher enrollment in part to the number of transfer students, many of whom are likely choosing to stay in school rather than test the job market. This year, the number of undergraduate transfers enrolling at Eastern increased by 18 percent - to 1,086 students.

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