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CSU Accepts Applications for Fall 2011 Beginning October 1

Application period for most campuses ends on Nov. 30

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(September 30, 2010) – Tomorrow, Oct. 1, 2010, marks the beginning of the application period for students looking to attend a California State University campus in fall 2011. 

"Applying to college is an exciting milestone in life, and the CSU will be part of that experience for a huge number of California high school and community college transfer students," said Allison G. Jones, assistant vice chancellor of CSU Academic Affairs.

Students are strongly encouraged to be proactive in the application process and be aware of campus requirements and deadlines.  High school seniors and community college transfer students are especially encouraged to apply no later than Nov. 30, 2010.  After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications. 

At least 16 of the university's 23 campuses have declared impaction for first-time freshmen and 15 of those campuses are also impacted at the transfer level.  Impaction means that a campus anticipates more qualified applicants than there are spots available.  Students applying to impacted campuses may face additional criteria, such as higher grade point average, with students in the local area receiving priority in most cases. 

Programs may also be impacted, meaning that students may need to meet additional criteria to apply for a particular program.  Therefore, students are also encouraged to apply to a second CSU campus as a backup in case they are not admitted to the campus or major of their first choice.

Students intending to apply for fall should visit the website www.csumentor.edu to complete the online application.  CSU Mentor is the best systemwide source for updated information on the specific deadlines for campuses and programs.

Eric Forbes, director of CSU Enrollment Management Services, provides more information on the application process and advice for prospective students in this podcast.

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