Analytic Studies

In Brief Fall 2008

December 5, 2008

CSU Enrollments Are Still On the Rise

CSU Enrollments Are Still On the Rise

Chart A. Fall Term Enrollment and Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) from
Fall 1999 to Fall 2008 FTES represent the number of students that would be
served if they all attempted a full-time course load.

Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
FTES 280,619 287,021 302,904 318,631 321,607 317,234 325,561 343,199 357,746 363,223
Enrollment 359,719 368,469 388,605 407,896 408,946 397,048 405,282 417,112 433,017 437,008

The California State University enrollment in fall 2008surpassed last year’s student headcount. The current enrollment figure of 437,008 students is 3,991 higher than the 433,017 students recorded in fall 2007. This represents an annual increase of just under one percent (0.9%).

Higher fall enrollments occurred at fourteen CSU campuses. The largest annual gains were at East Bay (up 1,043 students), Long Beach (up 1,023 students), San Jose (up 840 students), Dominguez Hills (up 769 students), and Northridge (up 762 students).

Another way to gauge enrollments is to convert student headcounts into full-time equivalent students (FTES). In the past this was accomplished by dividing total student credit units attempted by 15, the normative workload for students pursuing a degree in 4 years. In spring 2006 the state approved a new formula for determining the FTE of graduate students (i.e., students seeking a master's or doctorate degree). Now 12 units attempted by graduate students equal one FTE.

However, for students seeking a baccalaureate or credential, the formula remained the same: 15 units attempted equal one FTE.

The current number of FTES is 363,223. Last year’s figure was 357,746 so the annual gain in FTES from the prior year is 5,477 or a 1.5 percent increase.

The two graph lines in the chart displayed above illustrate the relationship between enrollment numbers and FTES, and they chart the enrollment trend from fall 1999 to fall 2008. Tables 1 and 2, shown on the following pages, list the exact systemwide numbers used to plot the lines and they list campus-specific numbers.

Long Beach recorded the highest campus enrollment (37,891) for the system. Long Beach was also the leader in FTES enrollment (30,895).

 

Table 1. Selected Fall Term Enrollment in the California State University, from Fall 1999(1)

Campus 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Long Beach 30,011 30,918 33,259 34,566 34,715 33,479 34,547 35,574 36,868 37,891
Fullerton 27,167 28,381 30,357 32,143 32,592 32,744 35,040 35,921 37,130 36,996
Northridge 27,947 29,066 31,448 32,070 33,426 31,341 33,243 34,560 35,446 36,208
San Diego 31,413 31,609 34,171 34,304 33,676 32,936 32,693 34,305 36,559 35,832
San José 26,937 26,698 28,007 30,350 28,932 29,044 29,975 29,604 31,906 32,746
San Francisco 27,701 26,826 26,866 28,378 29,686 28,804 28,950 29,628 30,125 30,014
Sacramento 24,530 25,714 26,923 28,558 28,375 27,972 27,932 28,529 28,829 29,011
Fresno 18,321 19,056 20,007 21,272 22,342 19,781 20,371 22,098 22,383 22,613
Pomona 18,021 18,424 19,041 19,821 19,804 19,003 19,885 20,510 21,477 21,190
Los Angeles 19,783 19,593 20,675 21,099 20,637 20,307 20,034 20,565 21,051 20,743
San Luis Obispo 16,470 16,877 18,079 18,453 18,303 17,582 18,475 18,722 19,777 19,471
San Bernardino 14,280 14,909 15,985 16,341 16,927 16,194 16,431 16,479 17,066 17,646
Chico 15,261 15,912 16,704 16,246 15,516 15,734 15,919 16,250 17,034 17,132
East Bay 12,667 12,705 13,240 13,876 13,455 13,061 12,535 12,706 13,124 14,167
Dominguez Hills 12,524 12,848 12,871 13,504 13,248 12,613 12,357 12,068 12,082 12,851
San Marcos 5,739 6,256 6,496 7,678 7,777 7,365 7,502 8,734 9,159 9,148
Sonoma 7,083 7,402 7,590 8,219 8,371 7,977 7,749 8,274 8,770 8,921
Stanislaus 6,489 7,062 7,534 7,850 8,072 7,858 8,137 8,374 8,836 8,601
Humboldt 7,545 7,433 7,382 7,611 7,725 7,550 7,462 7,435 7,773 7,800
Bakersfield 6,210 6,397 7,050 7,765 7,933 7,755 7,549 7,711 7,700 7,684
Monterey Bay 2,265 2,624 3,020 3,551 3,760 3,945 3,773 3,818 4,080 4,340
Channel Islands(2) - - - 2,139 1,560 2,021 2,575 3,123 3,599 3,783
Maritime Academy 583 653 606 721 698 759 860 828 858 875
Campus Total 358,947 367,363 387,311 406,515 407,530 395,825 403,994 415,816 431,632 435,663
CalState TEACH 309 588 733 808 798 640 712 713 774 738
International Programs 463 518 561 573 618 583 576 583 611 607
Statewide Nursing (3) - - - - - - - - - -
Summer Arts - - - - - - - - - -
Grand
Total
359,719 368,469 388,605 407,896 408,946 397,048 405,282 417,112 433,017 437,008

Notes:

  1. Beginning fall 2000, fall enrollment represents profile data and may differ from final data posted in other reports.
  2. Channel Islands serve 1,560 native students and 780 continuing students that originally matriculated at Northridge.
  3. Beginning fall 1998, Statewide Nursing enrollment is included in Dominguez Hills.

Table 2. Selected Fall Term Full-Time Equivalents in the California State University, from Fall 1999(1)


Campus 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Long Beach 22,836 23,725 25,592 26,480 26,606 26,009 27,060 28,577 29,797 30,895
San Diego 24,670 24,701 27,022 27,622 27,004 26,769 26,948 28,920 31,178 30,821
Northridge 20,475 21,440 23,170 24,023 24,853 23,237 25,139 26,651 27,418 28,461
Fullerton 19,885 20,701 22,016 23,351 23,428 24,142 25,975 27,025 28,132 28,362
San José 19,696 19,622 20,525 22,186 21,167 21,554 22,317 23,304 25,276 26,291
San Francisco 20,576 19,993 19,962 21,244 22,483 22,187 22,537 23,950 24,603 24,692
Sacramento 19,159 19,971 20,985 22,189 22,294 22,091 22,241 23,153 23,265 23,613
Fresno 15,577 15,838 16,461 17,255 18,166 17,133 17,669 18,845 19,150 19,339
San Luis Obispo 15,301 15,606 16,745 17,275 17,196 16,643 17,286 17,620 18,566 18,498
Pomona 14,619 14,903 15,668 16,309 16,603 15,964 16,717 17,527 18,177 17,805
Los Angeles 14,002 13,809 14,711 15,166 15,223 15,457 15,294 16,251 16,687 16,297
Chico 13,692 14,216 14,840 14,409 13,883 14,215 14,550 15,025 15,822 15,963
San Bernardino 11,124 11,556 12,374 12,687 13,224 13,100 13,208 13,776 14,173 14,866
East Bay 10,049 9,971 10,388 10,952 10,778 10,660 10,251 10,979 11,412 12,510
Dominguez Hills 7,923 8,146 8,093 8,709 8,749 8,523 8,266 8,640 8,764 8,846
Sonoma 6,059 6,353 6,580 7,102 7,333 6,958 6,866 7,466 7,985 8,258
San Marcos 4,313 4,710 4,841 5,826 5,979 5,837 5,969 7,089 7,479 7,449
Humboldt 7,060 6,902 6,842 7,007 7,092 7,030 6,905 6,876 7,189 7,223
Bakersfield 5,296 5,449 5,956 6,601 6,707 6,615 6,623 6,937 6,906 6,982
Stanislaus 4,855 5,184 5,442 5,678 5,870 5,778 6,020 6,314 6,686 6,634
Monterey Bay 2,142 2,533 2,888 3,376 3,646 3,851 3,618 3,612 3,923 4,129
Channel Islands (2) - - - 1,258 1,296 1,656 2,137 2,640 3,038 3,271
Maritime Academy 661 713 684 742 771 756 834 886 922 884
Campus
Total (4)
279,970 286,042 301,785 317,447 320,349 316,165 324,432 342,061 356,547 362,089
International Programs 463 570 617 620 680 641 634 647 672 631
CalState TEACH 185 412 501 565 578 427 495 491 527 503
Statewide Nursing (3) - - - - - - - - - -
Summer Arts - - - - - - - - - -
Grand
Total (4)
280,619 287,021 302,904 318,631 321,607 317,234 325,561 343,199 357,746 363,223

Notes:

  1. Beginning fall 2000, fall enrollment represents profile data and may differ from final data posted in other reports.
  2. Channel Islands serve 1,560 native students and 780 continuing students that originally matriculated at Northridge.
  3. Beginning fall 1998, Statewide Nursing enrollment is included in Dominguez Hills.
  4. Due to rounding, the figures presented on this page may not sum to totals.

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