The University of Washington has started the academic year with the largest freshman class in its history with 6,255 students, 67 percent of whom are from Washington.
The UW had a record number of applicants for the year — more than 30,000 — and as a result, the admission rate declined from 59 percent in 2012 to 55 percent this year.
But the acceptance rate for Washington residents was higher. Of the nearly 11,000 Washington high-school students who applied for admission, about 64 percent were accepted.
The average grade-point average for entering freshmen is 3.76; their average composite SAT score is 1,830. The high school with the largest number of entering freshmen is Skyline, with 93 students, followed by Newport with 88 and Inglemoor with 83.
International students make up nearly 16 percent of the entering class. The top three countries for freshmen international students are: China, with 687 students; South Korea, with 75; and Taiwan, with 70.
Elsewhere in the state:
- Washington State University saw a slight decline in the number of freshmen this year, but the university’s overall enrollment at its Pullman campus is the second-highest in the university’s history. WSU has seen an increase in the diversity of its enrollment, with one in four students now identifying themselves as students of color.
- Western Washington University’s freshmen enrollment increased by 107 students, and total enrollment for the year also grew, by about 100 students, to 14,950. It’s the largest and most culturally diverse enrollment in the university’s history, with minority students making up about a quarter of the freshman class.
- Central Washington University saw freshmen enrollment increase by 70 students, or about 5 percent higher than last year. The total enrollment dropped by 211 students, from 10,715 in fall 2012 to 10,504 in fall 2013. CWU officials say it’s the first decline in many years, and they attribute the drop to strict new rules for State Need Grant eligibility that caused 200 students to lose financial aid.
- Eastern Washington University set an enrollment record, for the fifth consecutive year, with a total headcount of 12,791 — about 200 more students than it had at the same time last year. University officials say they’re retaining more juniors and seniors, in part because they have increased academic support services and institutional aid.
- The Evergreen State College saw a slight decline from last year’s overall enrollment of new students — it’s down about 3 percent, from 1,344 in 2012-13 to 1,308 this year. New undergraduate enrollment includes both transfer students, who make up 60 percent of new students, and freshmen. Evergreen’s total enrollment this year is 4,424.