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, csumentor.edu, 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.