Ricks College officials expect a record number of students to register for classes this semester as the school begins its centennial year Wednesday.

Academic Vice President Jim Gee said the two-year college, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had at least 7,500 students enrolled by Tuesday.Official statistics will be available about 10 days after the first day of classes, he said.

"We're ahead of last year," Gee said, "but how many is a question mark."

Ricks College set an enrollment limit of 7,500 students last spring. But Gee said the college would extend the limit by about 100 students.

"I think we're prepared to go over a little because 100 students spread over all of the classes doesn't amount to much of a burden," he said.

The school continued to hold open admissions Tuesday, and registration continues until Sept. 14.

But to keep the number of students down, Gee said, the school has denied admission to students without the necessary recommendations from their bishops, which require strict adherence to the moral standards of the LDS Church.

As a result, many students have changed their minds about attending Ricks, he said.