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California State University to Accept Applications for Spring 2012

Some campuses to remain closed due to state funding cuts

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(July 28, 2011) - Despite severe budget cuts, a number of California State University campuses will open to applicants for the spring 2012 term – primarily to serve eligible, upper-division transfer students.

"The CSU is working to ensure that transferring community college students can continue their education and achieve a bachelor's degree," said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.  "Despite these challenging times, helping transfer students complete their degree is a priority."

Students can begin submitting applications starting August 1, with the priority application period extending through August 31.

While most CSU campuses will be accepting applications, some may still not be able to enroll new students or may only accept graduate and credential students due to a $650 million reduction in the CSU's state funding support for 2011-2012.  In total, the system is anticipating enrolling 25,000 to 30,000 new students. 

Typically, the CSU enrolls more than 35,000 new students during the spring.  However, the past several years have seen significant changes in system enrollment levels due to budget fluctuations.  In 2009-2010, the system shut down the spring 2010 application period due to massive budget cuts, turning away eligible new students.

CSU was able to enroll students again for spring 2011 following a partial restoration of funding, and enrolled about 25,000 new students.

For the most current information on which campuses are accepting students, and at what level, please visit the CSUMentor status page.  Current and future applicants are also encouraged to visit CSUMentor to apply or find out more about CSU program offerings, financial aid and academic planning.


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