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California State University to Graduate Record Number of Students in 2007

(May 17, 2007)—The California State University expects to graduate more students in 2007 than at any other time in its 46-year history as record numbers of degrees are conferred. Last year, the CSU granted degrees to 87,680 students.

While commencement ceremonies are still continuing at many of the 23 CSU campuses, several of the system’s largest campuses have record numbers of students eligible to graduate, including:

  • San Diego State: 8,113 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and 9,600 are eligible to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.
  • Cal State Fullerton: 7,156 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and 9,500 are eligible to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.
  • Cal State Long Beach: 7,492 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and 8,100 are eligible to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.
  • San Francisco State: 6,533 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and approximately 8,000 are eligible to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.
  • Fresno State: 3,320 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and 4,984 are eligible to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.
  • San Jose State: 6,731 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and 7,920 are eligible to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.

At Cal State Channel Islands, the CSU’s newest campus, the student body continues to grow yearly. In 2006, 433 students were awarded degrees in spring 2006, and 929 are expected or eligible to graduate this year.

In addition, there has been a significant increase in applications for fall 2007, particularly among traditionally underrepresented communities. Latino applications grew by 15 percent with African-American and Native American applications jumping by 12 percent.

“The CSU is graduating more students into the workforce than ever before,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “We are not only graduating more students of color, but are working to ensure that more students from underserved communities are eligible to attend the CSU. We have also implemented a number of measures to increase graduation rates, and continue to enroll record numbers of students. With this growth, we need to advocate for the resources needed to maintain our access and the quality education students expect and deserve.”

The CSU continues to increase the number of graduates earning degrees in a range of fields crucial to California’s developing economy, such as teaching, nursing, communications, engineering, and agriculture.

The final tally of academic year 2006-07 graduates will be available in October. In the final results for 2005-06, the bulk of the increase was in bachelor degrees, going from 66,768 to 69,350, with master’s degrees also climbing from 17,167 to 18,269.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 86,000 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: May 17, 2007

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