"WVU has a lot of positive momentum, with an incredibly supportive network of alumni, and our enrollment growth is a reflection of those strengths," Clements said in a statement.
He said the university was committed to raising more private dollars, investing in new faculty and facilities, and developing new degree programs.
Other state schools lost students this fall.
Total college and university enrollment fell 1.1 percent, dropping from 68,364 in fall 2011 to 67,589 this fall, according to Higher Education Policy Commission data.
The commission reported Marshall University enrollment fell 2.2 percent to 13,277 students. Fairmont State University enrollment declined 3.6 percent to 4,451 students.
West Virginia University's Institute of Technology in Montgomery, which has been plagued with financial and facilities problems in recent years, saw the biggest year-over-year decline of any public institution in the state.
WVU Tech enrollment fell nearly 16 percent year-over-year, dropping from 1,315 to 1,105 students.
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