Grad Students Propel WVU To Record Enrollment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University has 400 fewer freshmen than this time last year, but a 7 percent jump in the number of graduate students still makes for record-breaking fall enrollment.

Overall, enrollment is up 235 students to 28,839.

The freshman class is about 4,600 students, compared to 5,000 last fall.

But Brenda Thompson, an associate vice president, says growth in graduate programs helps WVU grow in the right direction.

The university has been focused on expanding its research programs, which is also a priority of its new president, James Clements.

Thompson says this recruiting cycle has been challenging because of the recession, but the final figures show students and parents still recognize the value of a WVU education.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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