CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Freshman enrollment at the University of Wyoming is expected to increase by nearly 200 students this fall, creating the largest incoming class in the school's 130-year history.

The projections reverse a drop of nearly 150 freshmen at a time when the school is facing budget cuts. The school also expects the number of transfer students to increase by about 100.

School officials attribute the boost to university outreach.

Staff members were in three-quarters of the state's high schools on May 1 on signing day, when students officially committed to attending UW. The school also is releasing scholarship notices faster and putting faculty in touch with admitted or interested students.

UW wants to increase its freshman enrollment by 2 percent each year and its transfer enrollment by 5 percent annually.

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