More students took classes this fall at Cal State Fullerton than ever in the history of the university: 27,167 students were enrolled-nearly 1,500 more than a year ago.
The growth spurt continues a campus trend that emerged in 1995 and is similar to one seen in the late '60s to early '70s, when enrollment more than doubled in six years-from 7,386 to 15,694.
Also maintaining a trend that began in fall 1995 is a boost in the entering qualifications of Fullerton's first-time freshmen. "From fall 1995 to fall 1999, the academic qualifications of entering freshmen have increased significantly," said Dolores Vura, director of analytical studies.
"One of the reasons for this enrollment growth is that over the years we have developed quality academic programs that combine the very best of teaching and research," noted President Milton A. Gordon, "and we have joined them with academic and student support programs that integrate knowledge with the development of values, professional ethics, and teamwork, leadership and citizenship skills necessary for students to make meaningful contributions to society."
Increases also were tallied this fall in the number of units taken per student-a jump from 10.83 last fall to 10.98-and in full-time-equivalent students, or FTEs-19,885 compared to 18,545 in fall 1998. One FTE equals 15 units of student course work and is the basis for establishing state funding for the campus each year. The master-planned capacity for the university, as set by the CSU system, is 20,000 FTEs.
As a class, first-time freshmen totaled 2,637 this fall versus 2,265 in fall 1998, while graduate student enrollment rose to 4,718-an increase of 322 over last fall. The number of international students also rose from last fall's count of 1,166 to 1,239. The percentage of female students increased slightly to 59.2 percent of the student population and continues a 20-year majority trend on campus.
This fall's ethnic distribution of students remains similar to that recorded in 1998: 1 percent American Indian; 23 percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 3 percent black; 21 percent Hispanic; 38 percent white, 10 percent unknown and 5 percent international students.
The figures were reported by the Office of Analytical Studies, which tracks student statistics, including enrollment.
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