Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- October 11, 2005

California State University, Stanislaus Enrollment Hits New High

Boosted by the largest number of incoming freshmen in its history, California State University, Stanislaus has seen its enrollment this fall reach a new all-time high.

Final enrollment data for the fall semester shows CSU Stanislaus numbers jumped 3.5% to 8,137 students, including a record-high 6,019 who are classified as "full-time equivalent." The full-time student count is a 4.2% increase.

The University's freshman class of 872 is a 17 percent increase over the 2004 fall entering group of 746. Of that entering class, 75 percent of the students are from the six-county region of Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Calaveras counties.

"That more students coming out of high schools in our region are choosing to start their education at California State University, Stanislaus is a true indication that this University is serving the higher education needs of this area," CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said. "Our college deans and faculty have been extremely supportive and played a significant role in helping to accommodate the increased enrollment demand. This is a remarkable achievement and a significant effort in moving the University to the next level."

The number of new freshmen at CSU Stanislaus from Stanislaus (405) and Merced (135) counties showed a substantial increase over fall 2004, while transfer numbers by community college student residents of Stanislaus and Merced counties were also higher. A new CSU standard that increases the number of required lower division transfer credits from 56 to 60 likely caused some community college students to delay their transfers.

The most popular majors are business administration, nursing, liberal studies, criminal justice, biology and psychology.

Many of the new freshmen, including an increased number from Southern California, have been attracted to CSU Stanislaus due to the high quality of its faculty and staff, as well as its peaceful, picturesque environment by The Village on-campus residential complex. Expanded to nearly 650 beds last year, that facility is near capacity for the first time.

A student population that reflects the region's diverse population continues to be an attribute at CSU Stanislaus, with 37% of the freshman class of Hispanic ethnicity. Nearly 27% of the University's students are of Hispanic descent.

Applications to CSU Stanislaus for the fall semester (4,298) were up more than 21 percent over last fall (3,540).

Don Hansen at 209-667-3997

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