Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- January 12, 2004
Winter Enrollment Down at Cal Poly Due to 50 Percent
Decrease in New Admits
Winter quarter enrollment at Cal Poly is approximately 17,540 students,
down about 300 from 17,843 students during winter quarter of last year.
The decrease is a result of continued reductions in state funding, a
trend that began in summer 2003 and is expected to continue through
the next academic year, according to Executive Vice Provost and Chief
Planning Officer Linda Dalton.
The winter quarter figure includes some 250 new students, which reflects
a 50 percent reduction in newly admitted students from last year.
However, it is consistent with the admissions target for this quarter.
“Due to known budget cuts, we deliberately planned to reduce our
head count to this level,” she said.
Although students are still applying to Cal Poly in record numbers,
the number of new students for winter quarter is about half of what
it normally would be. “This is to ensure that students have access
to the classes they need, as well as to maintain our level of instructional
quality,” she explained.
Enrollment in fall 2003 dropped to 18,303 from 18,453 the previous fall,
and Dalton expects it is likely to be lower again next year, by at least
400 students. While enrollment planning for 2004-05 is in the very early
stages, she anticipates that enrollment reductions will be proportionate
to further budget reductions.
“This makes our admissions process particularly challenging, because
we continue to receive large numbers of applications from qualified
students,” she said. “We would like to keep the number of
new students as stable as possible.”
Dalton acknowledged that reducing the number of freshman and transfer
students will be disappointing to families whose sons or daughters are
not admitted. “But we don’t think it would be responsible
to admit more students and then not be able to provide the classes they
need,” she said.
Dalton went on to say that this trend of continuing budget and enrollment
reductions will significantly delay elements of Cal Poly’s master
Contact: Leah Kolt, (805) 756-1511