Campus: CSU -- December 2, 1999

CSU On-Line Applications Quadruple Last Year
CSUMentor Processes Nearly 60,000 On-Line Applications in November

Admission applications through CSUMentor, the online system that helps students and their families plan and apply for admission to the California State University, quadrupled last year's number for the month of November, the first month of the CSU fall 2000 application period.

The CSU received 59,826 on-line applications in November, up from 15,557 in November 1998, and 16 times more than the 3,678 from the same time period two years ago when CSUMentor was first implemented.

Each day in November, significantly more on-line applications were submitted than last year, and, in fact, the 1999 total already has surpassed the total on-line applications received for all of last year. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Diego State each received more than 10,000 on-line applications in the first month, while Long Beach State received nearly 7,000.

"The incredibly high amount of CSUMentor usage continues to amaze us. This is a great way for the CSU and students to connect early and establish relationships with CSU campuses while in high school, culminating with an application process that is easier for students," said Allison Jones, senior director of access and retention for the CSU system. "CSU is a pioneer in this area, and now other institutions across the country are beginning to do the same."

Nov. 1 began the filing period for fall 2000 admission and the third year of CSUMentor. In its second year, on-line applications increased by 178 percent. In fact, 42,854, or about 25 percent of CSU's applications for fall 1999, were submitted online, and that percentage is likely to increase this year.

The site is accessible at Designed by XAP Corporation, CSUMentor has some new features this year, 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 Mentor 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 country and abroad can easily and conveniently seek out higher education opportunities.

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