CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Enrollment at the University of Wyoming is continuing its upward trend with one of the strongest years in the school's history.

UW had 1,696 freshmen last fall — one student away from the record — and have 35 more first-year students heading into fall 2018.

Kyle Moore, UW's associate vice provost for enrollment, says final enrollment numbers won't be known until mid-September. Students must confirm they're attending by Aug. 1, so the numbers may change between now and then.

Moore attributed the growth to a plan that emphasized collaboration with the state's seven community colleges. It also helps that the university is one of the cheapest four-year public institutions in the nation, as are the community colleges in Wyoming.