Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- March 10, 2000

California State Fullerton Enrollment Hits Record High

For the first time in 25 years, Cal State Fullerton's spring enrollment has surged beyond the fall count with a record-setting 27,263 students-up from 27,167.

The figures were tallied by the offices of Admissions and Records, and Analytical Studies and constitute the official census for spring 2000.

"This record enrollment is both a sign of the importance of the college degree and the value of what is offered here at Fullerton," said Dr. Ephraim P. Smith, vice president for academic affairs.

Cal State Fullerton, which has the fastest-growing enrollment in the 23-campus Cal State system, offers 99 degree programs and has four satellites in Orange County.

This growth trend-enrollment has been on the rise at CSUF since fall 1995-is reflected in the increasing numbers of students seeking admission to the university, noted Smith.

"Applications have been, and continue to be, very strong at all levels and in all the colleges. Applications for this coming fall are very solid, particularly the freshmen applications. We're up 11 percent over last year at this same time," he said.

Not since the 1974-75 academic year has spring enrollment eclipsed the fall count. That year, the fall tally was 20,051 and nudged up to 20,063 students the next semester.

Student growth this spring is seen at every class level-from freshmen to senior-and in virtually every admission category of students. The tally of full-time-equivalent (FTE) students is 19,793. (One FTE equals 15 units of student course work and is the basis for establishing state funding for the university.) While the spring FTE count is slightly lower than fall's 19,885, it is the highest recorded during a spring semester in the university's history.

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