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December 11, 2012 > CSU on pace for record applications

CSU on pace for record applications

Submitted By Stephanie Thara

Despite early concerns about state trigger cuts and enrollment reductions, the fall 2013 application cycle appears to be on pace to set another CSU record. As of November 18, CSU has received 368,157 applications - an increase of about seven percent from this time last year - and expects that number to nearly double by the time the priority application period closes on November 30.

Transfer applications are leading the growth with 113,520 so far this year, a 20 percent increase from the previous year. At least part of the rise in transfer applications is due to CSU's closing of spring 2013 enrollment to all but a very limited number of students.

Typically, potential CSU students submit applications to more than one campus and application numbers are not necessarily a reflection of the total number of potential students. However, the high number of applications underscores the continued demand for higher education, which the CSU has not been able to meet due to decreased state funding support.

The system held applications from new students pending the outcome of Proposition 30, which had a direct impact on funded enrollment targets due to the potential for $250 million in trigger cuts. Having avoided those cuts, CSU campuses are able to admit 10,000 to 15,000 more students than otherwise possible and will now begin processing applications.

Potential CSU students are encouraged to apply before the priority application period ends on November 30 by going to CSU Mentor.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. For additional information, visit

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