Campus: San Diego State University -- September 2, 2005

San Diego State Accepting Students Displaced By Hurricane Katrina

San Diego State University is opening enrollment to students who are unable to attend colleges and universities closed due to Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Both undergraduates and graduate students who are in good standing at Gulf Coast universities that are no longer able to accommodate them due to Hurricane Katrina are being enrolled.

"We are shocked and saddened at the tremendous devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the people of the Gulf Coast states but the primary challenge is how we can be of assistance. Helping students continue their education is a beginning."

About 20 students, including freshmen who were to attend Tulane University and Loyola New Orleans, have already contacted SDSU and are in the process of enrolling for the fall semester, which began Aug. 31. The university expects more inquiries in the coming days.

Students should contact Natha Kraft, manager of the Office of Admissions' Prospective Student Center at (619) 594-1570,

Media contact: Jason Foster, Media Relations, (619) 594-2585, Cell: (619) 992-0772

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