Both the University of Washington and Washington State University are reporting record-high enrollments for this academic year, with UW enrollment up 3 percent from the previous year and WSU up 4 percent.
All told, the UW’s three campuses — Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma — now enroll 54,223 students. That’s almost as many people as live in Redmond.
The Seattle campus alone added more than 1,000 students, bringing its total to 44,786. In its most recent count, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked the UW 12th-largest among public universities that offer doctoral degrees, and that was based on 2012 figures when total enrollment at the Seattle campus was 43,485.
The UW had both the highest undergraduate student enrollment in its history (41,243 students) and also the highest graduate student enrollment (12,980 students) when all three campuses are added together.
WSU’s total enrollment this year is 28,686, which includes a 5 percent increase in the number of graduate students, and a seven percent increase in students pursuing professional degrees in nursing, pharmacy, medical sciences and veterinary medicine.
Both schools saw an increase in the number of underrepresented minorities. About 4.5 percent of state residents in the UW’s freshman class are African-American — equal to the proportion of African-American students in Washington’s public schools.
At WSU, 35 percent of entering freshmen said they were students of color, including Asian, African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
Washington residents make up about 85 percent of WSU’s enrollment, and about 77 percent at the UW’s campuses. The UW enrolled 4,275 freshmen from Washington high schools this fall — up slightly from last year’s count of 4,211.