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Record number of students apply to WWU

Commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.
Commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. The Bellingham Herald

More students are applying to Western Washington University than ever before, according to the university.

Western received 9,802 freshman applications by the Jan. 31 deadline for fall 2015 enrollment, exceeding last year’s applications by more than 500. There are about 2,800 freshman slots available.

Applications from first-generation students are up by 11.7 percent, and applications from students of color are up by 12.2 percent, the school said.

Overall enrollment at the university is expected to stay around 15,000 students.

“It’s great to see more and more students and families discovering Western’s reputation for outstanding undergraduate experiences and great value,” said WWU President Bruce Shepard in a statement. “They’re recognizing that Western provides distinctive educational opportunities, a community, and a comprehensive learning environment that sets us apart.”

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