West Virginia University continues to increase enrollment on its main campus, with spring enrollment up by about 726 students, or 3.1 percent.

That brings the total to 24,316, compared to 23,590 last spring, according to WVU Enrollment Services.

We are pleased that our enrollment increase continues into the spring semester,said Brenda Thompson, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management.The upward trend reflects WVU ’s reputation as a high-quality academic and research institution.

These numbers follow WVU ’s fall 2005 enrollment of 26,051, which was the largest ever. Spring numbers traditionally have been lower than fall because of students graduating.

Nearly 1,400 completed their degrees in December, Thompson added.

Other WVU spring semester enrollment highlights:

  • The number of undergraduate students rose by 684, for a total of 18,141. That is almost a 4 percent increase over this time last year.
  • In-state residents make up 14,422 of the student total, or 59 percent.
  • The number of out-of-state students grew by 584 to 9,894, representing a 6.3 percent increase from last spring.
  • The number of full-time students swelled by 740, or 3.6 percent, to 21,118.
  • Doctoral student enrollment increased by 5.5 percent.
  • Female and male students are about equally represented.