CSU Opens Priority Application Period from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, 562-951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(October 11, 2004)—Prospective students wanting to enroll at a California State University campus in fall 2005 are strongly advised to submit their applications for admission no later than November 30, 2004, said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Students interested in applying to an impacted campus -- those campuses that receive more applications from qualified students than can be accommodated -- are required to apply during the priority application period of Oct. 1 to Nov. 30. After Nov. 30, students run the risk of not being admitted to impacted campuses or to the campus of their choice.

The higher education compact agreed to by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CSU and the University of California provides increased funding for the CSU beginning in 2005-06 through the end of the decade. That means that the CSU will be able to increase student enrollment by 2.5 percent starting in fall 2005.

Students, however, will benefit from applying during the priority application period because campuses will stop accepting applications when they reach their enrollment targets.

Fall 2005 applicants are encouraged to apply electronically by logging onto www.csumentor.edu. CSUMentor is a web-based system that helps students plan and apply to the CSU online. It has experienced a rising popularity among high school, undergraduate, and transfer students since it was first introduced in 1996.

CSUMentor is designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus, finance higher education, and apply for admission. The site offers technical support, course-check, and open and closed campus information.

The CSU is the nation’s most diverse higher education institution, with 53 percent minority students, more than twice the national average for four-year public universities. Even after recent fee increases, the California State University is one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the country. The annual state university fee for a full-time undergraduate student is $2,334.

“CSU students pay the lowest fees of comparable universities nationwide for a high quality education,” Chancellor Reed said. “They then enter the workforce as professionals in the fields that drive California’s economy: business, engineering, agriculture, communications, computer and life sciences. CSU is also the largest producer of California graduates in education, criminal justice, social work, and public administration.”

Students in need of assistance with their electronic applications may call for technical support at 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927). The service is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Campuses may be impacted for first time freshmen, upper division transfers and/or specific majors.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 77,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: October 11, 2004

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