Campus: CSU -- October 27, 1999

CSUMentor's On-Line Applications Up 178 Percent In Second Year
Filing Period for Fall 2000 Admission Begins November 1

Admissions applications through CSUMentor, the online system that helps students and their families plan and apply for admission to the California State University, increased by 178 percent in the system's second year. In fact, 42,854, or about 25 percent of CSU's applications for fall 1999, were submitted online. The filing period for fall 2000 admission begins Nov. 1.

In addition to online applications, other usage also increased dramatically. Academic portfolios numbered 130,875, an increase of 163 percent, and the number of "unique" visits increased by 160 percent, to 655,645. Unique visits mean that the visitor spends at least 12 minutes at the site. CSUMentor has about 2,000 unique visitors daily.

"We thought CSUMentor would be popular, but this amount of usage is truly remarkable. It is a great way for CSU to reach students and for them to reach us early in their academic careers, and it makes the admission process much more simple," said Allison Jones, senior director of access and retention for the CSU system. "This online system started with the CSU, but because of its success, institutions across the country are following our lead."

The site is accessible at Designed by XAP Corporation, CSUMentor now has some new features, including:

  • CalStateTeach: An online application for admission to CalState TEACH, an 18-month program that combines distance education and face-to-face interaction for working teachers seeking their credentials, is now included in CSUMentor.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): CSUMentor is the first system that has been granted permission by the U.S. Department of Education to supply FAFSA with information from its database, making the financial aid application process easier for students.

  • Application Redirection: This function forwards a student's application automatically to an alternate-choice campus should the applicant not be admitted to his or her first-choice campus or major.

These new additions complement a system that has many other features, including academic portfolios that help students make sure they are taking the right courses in high school or at a community college. CSUMentor also includes: multimedia campus tours, student-campus matching assistance, free e-mail accounts, assistance in completing the primary financial aid form for college-bound students, an academic planner both for high school students and community colleges transfer students and information to help graduate students select campuses and programs suited to their needs.

XAP Corporation, a Los Angeles-headquartered firm, has expanded the "Mentor" vision to other systems and states. The company is working on Mentor systems for independent college associations in California, Texas, Illinois and Massachusetts with the goal of creating a national database whereby students from across the U.S. and abroad can easily and conveniently seek out higher education opportunities.

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