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California State University Opens Priority Application Today
for Fall 2010

Budget cuts result in enrollment reductions at many campuses students advised to apply early

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California State University Opens Priority Application Today
for Fall 2010

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(October 1, 2009)—Today marks the beginning of the priority application period for students looking to attend a California State University campus in fall 2010. High school seniors, as well as community college transfer students, are strongly encouraged to apply early and no later than Nov. 30, 2009 to secure an admissions spot to a CSU campus.

As a result of the state’s economic crisis and a $564 million cut to the CSU’s budget for this year, the system is forced to reduce enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years. As a result, students may need to apply earlier than usual to maximize the chances of being accepted at the CSU campus of their choice. CSU advises students to apply early, have a back up plan that includes applying to multiple CSU campuses as well as local community colleges and other university systems, and to apply to the campus in their local service area. High school seniors meeting the CSU eligibility criteria receive priority admission at the CSU campus in their local service area (with some exceptions including San Diego and the coastal region) and students are encouraged to apply to their local campus to ensure admission to a CSU for fall.

At least 12 of the university's 23 campuses are impacted for 2010 - twice as many as last year – and that means these campuses will not accept freshmen applications after midnight on Nov. 30, 2009 and may require higher admissions criteria for out-of-area students. Impacted campuses for fall 2010 include Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma, San Francisco, Chico, Northridge, Fresno, San Marcos and San Josè.

Other campuses including Humboldt, Sacramento, East Bay, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay, Stanislaus, Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles and San Bernardino are not impacted and will continue to accept applications until they reach their enrollment targets. However, certain majors or programs on these campuses may close by Nov. 30.

Application closing dates for community college transfers students or those seeking teacher credentials or entry into graduate programs may vary. Students intending to apply to the CSU as first-time freshmen next fall should visit the website to complete the online application. CSU Mentor is the best source for updated information on the specific deadlines for each campus and program.


About the California State University
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. The CSU awards about 99,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.6 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

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