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CSU Enrollments on the Rise Again

 

 

Chart A.  Fall Term Enrollment and Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) from fall 1996 to Fall 2005

FTES represent the number of students that would be served if they all attempted a 15-unit course load.

 

 

 

California State University enrollment in fall 2005 surpassed last year’s student headcount.  The current enrollment figure of 405,292 students is 8,244 higher than the 397,048 students recorded in fall 2004.  

  

Higher fall enrollments occurred at 14 CSU campuses.  The largest annual gains were at Fullerton (up 2,296 students), Northridge (up 1,902 students), Long Beach (up 1,068 students), and San Jose (up 931 students). Other campuses with large annual gains were San Luis Obispo (up 893 students) and Pomona  (up 882 students).   The System’s newest campus, Channel Islands, grew by 554 students.

 

Another way to gauge enrollments is to convert student headcounts into full-time equivalent students (FTES).  Dividing total student credit units attempted by 15, the normative workload for students pursuing a degree in 4 years, generates the number of FTES associated with the observed enrollment.  The current number of FTES is 325,542.  Last year’s figure was 317,234; so the annual gain in FTES from the prior year was 8,308, or a 2.6 percent increase.   

The slightly larger proportional gain in FTES reflects the higher average workload exhibited by the fall 2005 students (12.1 units vs. 12.0 units). All toll, the current number of FTE is fourth-fifths the size of the 405,292 headcount.

 

The two graph lines in the chart displayed above illustrate the relationship between enrollment numbers and FTES, and they chart the enrollment trend from fall 1995 to fall 2005.  Tables 1 and 2, shown on the next page, list the exact systemwide numbers used to plot the lines and they list campus-specific numbers.

 

For the first time, Fullerton recorded the highest campus enrollment for the system (35,040).  However, Long Beach leads in FTES (27,060).  San Diego and Northridge continue to be two of the System’s larger campuses, with headcount enrollment numbers quite similar to Fullerton and Long Beach.

 

 

 


Table 1.  Selected Fall Term Enrollment in the California State University, from Fall 1996

Campus

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Bakersfield

5,435

5,717

5,594

6,210

6,397

7,050

7,765

7,922

7,755

7,549

Channel Islands

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,139

2,366

2021

2,575

Chico

13,919

14,247

14,983

15,261

15,912

16,704

16,246

15,516

15,734

15,919

Dominguez Hills

10,400

10,704

12,054

12,524

12,848

12,871

13,504

13,248

12,613

12,357

East Bay

12,863

12,855

12,888

12,667

12,705

13,240

13,876

13,453

13,061

12,535

Fresno

17,213

18,113

18,101

18,321

19,056

20,007

21,272

20,545

19,781

20,371

Fullerton

24,040

24,906

25,675

27,167

28,381

30,357

32,143

32,592

32,744

35,040

Humboldt

7,687

7,492

7,475

7,545

7,433

7,382

7,611

7,725

7,550

7,462

Long Beach

27,431

27,809

28,637

30,011

30,918

33,259

34,566

34,728

33,479

34,547

Los Angeles

18,849

19,160

19,732

19,783

19,593

20,675

21,099

20,637

20,307

20,034

Maritime Academy

366

388

449

583

653

606

721

697

759

860

Monterey Bay

1,256

1,586

1,958

2,265

2,624

3,020

3,551

3,760

3,945

3,773

Northridge

27,189

27,653

27,203

27,947

29,066

31,448

32,070

32,618

31,341

33,243

Pomona

16,803

17,246

17,577

18,021

18,424

19,041

19,821

19,804

19,003

19,885

Sacramento

23,420

23,478

23,676

24,530

25,714

26,923

28,558

28,375

27,972

27,932

San Bernardino

12,153

13,280

13,600

14,280

14,909

15,985

16,341

16,927

16,194

16,431

San Diego

29,981

30,593

31,453

31,413

31,609

34,171

34,304

33,676

32,936

32,693

San Francisco

27,420

26,982

27,446

27,701

26,826

26,866

28,378

29,678

28,804

28,950

San Jose

25,874

26,897

26,628

26,937

26,698

28,007

30,350

28,977

29,044

29,975

San Luis Obispo

17,000

16,735

16,296

16,470

16,877

18,079

18,453

18,302

17,582

18,475

San Marcos

4,409

4,678

5,025

5,739

6,256

6,496

7,678

7,777

7,365

7,502

Sonoma

6,995

7,047

7,003

7,083

7,402

7,590

8,219

8,325

7,977

7,749

Stanislaus

6,100

6,213

6,351

6,489

7,062

7,534

7,850

8,072

7,858

8,137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus Total

336,803

343,779

349,804

358,947

367,363

387,311

406,515

405,720

395,825

404,003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Nursing

1,901

1,712

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-International Programs

-

-

449

463

518

561

573

618

583

576

CalState TEACH

-

-

-

309

588

733

808

818

640

722

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

338,704

345,491

350,253

359,719

368,469

388,605

407,896

407,156

397,048

405,292

 

 

Table 2.  Selected Fall Term Full-Time Equivalents in the California State University, from Fall 1996

Campus

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Bakersfield

4,560

4,844

4,720

5,296

5,449

5,956

6,601

6,681

6,615

6,623

Channel Islands

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,258

1,670

1,656

2,137

Chico

12,471

12,810

13,472

13,692

14,216

14,840

14,409

13,883

14,215

14,550

Dominguez Hills

7,037

7,180

7,790

7,923

8,146

8,093

8,709

8,749

8,523

8,266

East Bay

10,045

10,036

10,039

10,049

9,971

10,388

10,952

10,772

10,660

10,251

Fresno

14,915

15,178

15,289

15,577

15,838

16,461

17,255

17,639

17,133

17,669

Fullerton

17,044

18,051

18,545

19,885

20,701

22,016

23,351

23,428

24,142

25,975

Humboldt

7,257

7,072

7,118

7,060

6,902

6,842

7,007

7,092

7,030

6,905

Long Beach

20,327

20,745

21,456

22,836

23,725

25,592

26,480

26,617

26,009

27,060

Los Angeles

13,146

13,331

13,881

14,002

13,809

14,711

15,166

15,218

15,457

15,294

Maritime Academy

433

464

553

661

713

684

742

766

756

834

Monterey Bay

1,243

1,544

1,830

2,142

2,533

2,888

3,376

3,646

3,851

3,618

Northridge

19,563

20,022

19,841

20,475

21,440

23,170

24,023

24,473

23,237

25,139

Pomona

13,494

13,881

14,378

14,619

14,903

15,668

16,309

16,603

15,964

16,717

Sacramento

18,060

18,254

18,536

19,159

19,971

20,985

22,189

22,294

22,091

22,241

San Bernardino

9,480

10,293

10,680

11,124

11,556

12,374

12,687

13,224

13,100

13,208

San Diego

23,336

23,830

24,617

24,670

24,701

27,022

27,622

27,004

26,769

26,948

San Francisco

20,258

19,935

20,360

20,576

19,993

19,962

21,244

22,480

22,187

22,537

San Jose

19,195

19,984

19,532

19,696

19,622

20,525

22,186

21,286

21,554

22,317

San Luis Obispo

15,636

15,463

15,121

15,301

15,606

16,745

17,275

17,196

16,643

17,286

San Marcos

3,207

3,481

3,703

4,313

4,710

4,841

5,826

5,979

5,837

5,969

Sonoma

5,852

5,979

5,961

6,059

6,353

6,580

7,102

7,239

6,958

6,866

Stanislaus

4,370

4,503

4,687

4,855

5,184

5,442

5,678

5,870

5,778

6,020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus Total

260,929

266,880

272,109

279,970

286,042

301,785

317,447

319,809

316,165

324,436

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Nursing

787

735

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

International Programs

-

-

495

463

570

617

620

680

641

634

CalState TEACH

-

-

-

185

412

501

565

545

427

476

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

261,716

267,612

272,605

280,619

287,021

302,904

318,631

321,034

317,234

325,542

 


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