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California State University Enrollment Increases by Nearly 16,000

Minority Enrollment Is Up

(December 24, 2007) -- Fall 2007 enrollment at the California State University climbed significantly to more than 433,017, which is 15,905 more than the fall 2006 enrollment of 417,112 students. The increase represents a 3.8 percent enrollment growth and further solidifies CSU’s rank as the largest four-year system of higher education in the nation.

Higher fall enrollments occurred at most of the CSU campuses, with the largest gains occurring at San Jose State (up 2,302), San Diego State (up 2,254), Cal State Long Beach (up 1,294) and Cal State Fullerton (up 1,209). The system’s newest campus, Cal State Channel Islands, grew by 476 students.

Gains in full-time equivalent students (FTES) were also up from 343,199 in Fall 2006 to this year’s 357,746, an increase of 4.2 percent.

For the third straight year Cal State Fullerton was ranked as the campus with the highest number of students (37,130). However, San Diego State leads in FTES (31,178). Other campuses that came close to Cal State Fullerton’s numbers include Cal State Long Beach at 36,868, and Cal State Northridge at 35,446.

Minority enrollment is up
Enrollment among minority students also was up. More importantly minority enrollment of new students who came to the CSU as first-time freshmen was higher. The largest growth among first-time freshmen was for Hispanic and Native American students, which increased by 9.5 percent and 8.2 percent respectively. Freshmen enrollment among African American students was up by 6.5 percent, while freshmen enrollment among Asian American students grew by 6 percent.

“The Fall 2007 enrollment increases among minority freshmen is encouraging,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “For the past two years the CSU has been absolutely committed to reaching out to California’s underserved communities in hopes of increasing the numbers of minority high school graduates who are eligible for college. We are pleased to see that more students from underserved communities are on the right track for a successful entry into the workforce.”

For individual campus enrollment figures, see the In Brief: Enrollment Report -- Fall 2007, on CSU’s Statistical Information page, at

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students year round and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 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

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