Record number of CSU applications reported

The California State University system received a record-breaking 609,000 undergraduate applications during the two-month priority application period from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, the university reported Wednesday.

The surge in applications came as the CSU system worked to reduce enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years due to a $564 million budget cut from the state.

At least 17 campuses are not accepting first-time freshmen applications, and of those, at least 15 will no longer accept transfer applications. Out-of-area applicants may be subjected to additional scrutiny so the campuses can give priority to local students.

The applications were submitted online through the university’s Web site,, throughout the two-month period. On the final day, nearly 74,000 applications were received, the largest volume in the final two hours - with nearly 10,000 applications submitted between 10 and 11 p.m.

Applications to the universities were up by 28 percent from last year. Upper-division transfer applicants increased by 87 percent and submissions by freshmen were up by 12 percent.

Applications from minorities increased also, with a 24 percent jump black, Latino and Native American applicants.