Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- October 3, 2000

CSU Stanislaus Enrollment Makes Biggest Jump In 40 Years

History is being made at California State University, Stanislaus this fall as the University celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The fall semester's enrollment boom has never been experienced in the University's 40-year history, according to Ed Aubert, Director of Enrollment Services.

Enrollment is up more than 550 students, exceeding the 7,000 mark for the first time. At the close of registration, 7,050 students were registered. This represents an 8.8 percent increase over the prior fall semester - the biggest ever one-year jump in student numbers.

At CSU Stanislaus-Stockton, fall enrollment is up 15.8 percent above last fall and is projected to exceed 1,100 students.

"The University's growth is the result of the concerted efforts of many people - the faculty who develop and teach courses; the recruiters and counter staff who recruit and enroll students; and the support staff who assist students in transitioning well to university life," said Marvalene Hughes, CSU Stanislaus President.

"CSU Stanislaus may have been a hidden jewel at one time, but it is no longer. We have been recognized six years in a row as a best buy in higher education by a nationally respected survey, published annually in U.S. News & World Report magazine. Our campus is the most beautiful in the system; we have first-rate faculty; and students graduating from CSU Stanislaus carry the second lowest debt load of any university or college in the West. It is no wonder students want to come here. They recognize quality when they see it."

First-year student enrollment swelled to 625 students, an increase of 16 percent. Many of those new students want to live in The Village, the University's 356-bed on-campus residential complex that has had a waiting list since mid-summer.

Returning students have also shown up in record numbers, with retention of undergraduate students from the prior year projected at 82 percent.

"We've paid a lot of attention to advising and supporting first-year students to enable them to succeed in their classes. It is important that they feel comfortable here," Vice President of Student Affairs David Keymer said. "The tempo and character of campus life have changed dramatically. The campus offers much more to students now, both inside and outside the classroom."

Programs aimed at helping students get on the right track academically and remain there have proven effective. They include:

  • A peer program that involves students in helping their fellow students acclimate to University life;
  • Intensive advising that includes mandatory orientation as part of the admission process;
  • Programs that identify students who may need tutoring to meet academic demands.

"Overall, this bodes well for the future of the University," President Hughes said.

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