CSU priority application period now open through Nov. 30

(October 9, 2003) -- Students intending to enroll at a California State University campus in fall 2004 are strongly advised to submit their applications for admission no later than November 30, 2003, said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Academically qualified students who apply for admission before November 30 increase their chances of being admitted to a CSU campus. After that, students run the risk of not being admitted to impacted campuses or to the campus of their choice.

Because of the state’s budget crisis and deep cuts to education, the CSU system will be forced to limit the number of students admitted next year. Therefore, many CSU campuses will stop accepting applications earlier than in past years.

In previous years some campuses accepted applications for as long as nine months. This window will be shorter for the entering class of fall 2004. Campuses will stop accepting applications when they reach their target enrollments.

In 2004-05 the system must maintain enrollment at the 2003-04 levels to comply with the State’s 2003-04 budget language stipulating that the CSU and the University of California will not receive funding for enrollment growth next year.

Chancellor Reed said that even with the severe budget cuts and enrollment limits, the CSU continues to be a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused education. “The CSU graduates 77,000 students each year who pay the lowest fees of comparable universities nationwide,” he said. “They then enter the workforce and contribute greatly to California’s economy.”

Fall 2004 applicants are encouraged to apply electronically by logging in to www.csumentor.edu. By working online, students can see if they have missed responding to a question and insuring that their applications are complete when submitted.

More than 80 percent of CSU applicants have used the online applications system. Although most students are expected to apply electronically, campuses will make accommodations for those who have no access to the Internet.

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

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 414,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. 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.

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu Error processing SSI file

Last Updated: October 9, 2003

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