Fall 1999 enrollment at the California State University rose for the fifth consecutive year. The 9,463 additional students increased the CSU systemwide enrollment to 359,716, the highest level since 1991. Over the past five years, the CSU has grown by more than 40,000 students, an increase of 12.6 percent.
"Obviously, Tidal Wave II is here," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "To ensure access to affordable, high quality education for all qualified students, we have to maximize our resources. That means moving to year-round operations, using technology to reach more students, partnering with other institutions when it makes sense, and using our funding as efficiently as possible."
The California Post Secondary Education Commission (CPEC) recently issued a report on Tidal Wave II, which refers to the surge of students seeking higher education in California over the next ten years as the children of the baby boomers reach college age. The report predicted that about 120,000 additional students will enroll at CSU campuses over the decade. Enrollment predictions indicate that in the fall 2000 the CSU system will surpass its highest recorded enrollment, when 369,053 students were enrolled in 1990.
This fall, 19 of the 22 CSU campuses recorded enrollment increases. The largest gains were at Fullerton, up by 1,492; and Long Beach, up 1,374. Other campuses with large increases are Sacramento, up 854; Northridge, up 744; and San Marcos, up 718. The 14.3 percent increase at San Marcos is second only Monterey Bay at 15.9 percent CSU Bakersfield also had a large percentage increase at 11 percent.
The fall 1999 full-time equivalency enrollment (FTE) figure, which counts students based on the percentage of credits they take toward a full 15-credit load, increased by about 2.9 percent from 272,605 to 280,499.
San Diego continues to lead the CSU system with 31,413 students, followed by Long Beach, 30,011; Northridge, 27,947; San Francisco, 27,715; and Fullerton 27,167.
The CSU has the largest enrollment of any senior higher education system in the country. Although about 97 percent of CSU students are from California, the CSU enrollment also includes students from every state in the country and from well over 100 different countries. Minority groups represent more than half of the CSU student body, double the nation average.
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