Public Affairs

Applications Show CSU's Apply Early Message is Reaching Diverse Communities

October 29, 2009
By Erik Fallis

Priority Application Period Update and Podcast

A total of 187,329 prospective California State University students submitted their applications through the system's application website,, between Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 and Thursday, Oct. 28, 2009–a nearly 50 percent increase over the prior Fall. Applications submitted last year, during the same month-long period, totaled 124,684.

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One of the CSU's primary messages has been to have a back-up plan. CSU applicants, on average, have submitted applications to two or more campuses per person.

The other CSU message is for first-time freshmen to apply early–and the CSU has also seen a total increase of 20 percent in first-time freshmen applications over the prior year. Driving this increase is a nearly 40 percent rise in applications by Asian American students, and a nearly 30 percent rise in application by Latino/Latina students. First-time freshmen applications among African American students also rose by 17 percent.

All 23 campuses will remain open for applications from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. After that period, at least 12 campuses will stop accepting applications from prospective first-time freshmen and, in some cases, from community college transfers. The CSU encourages students to submit their applications early to avoid missing the closing date of campuses or programs.

Hear the podcast of CSU’s Director of Enrollment Management Services Jim Blackburn describing how recent budget cuts have impacted the CSU’s enrollment for the 2010-11 and what future students can do to prepare. This is the first of a three part series on CSU’s Priority Application Period, which ends November 30. Listen now.