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CSU Enrollment Holds to Previous Year’s Historic High

 

*Represents the number of students served taking the equivalent of a 15-unit course load.

**Fall 2003 figures are based on preliminary census reports. Official census files are not yet available.

 

Chart A.  Fall Term Enrollment and Full-Time Equivalent Students* from Fall 1994 to Fall 2003**

 

For the second time in California State University history, enrollment surpassed 400,000. The headcount enrollment figure of 409,279 students is just 1,383 higher than the milestone enrollment recorded for fall 2002. That is an increase of nearly 0.4 percent.


The mix of students by level also remained more or less the same between fall 2002 and fall 2003. Roughly 51 percent were upper division students, 28 percent were lower division students, and 21 percent were either graduate or other postbaccalaureate students. Plus there was no change in the distribution of new and continuing students. Like last year, new first-time and transfer students accounted for one-fourth of all enrollments.


Although systemwide enrollment remained essentially the same, there were many instances of enrollment growth across the 23 campuses. In fact, 12 sites recorded enrollment increases over their fall 2002 numbers. The largest annual gains were at San Francisco with an increase of 1,308 students, at Northridge with an increase of 927 students and at San Bernardino with an increase of 586 students. Other campuses with annual gains were Fullerton (449), Stanislaus (222) and Channel Islands (201).

 

Another way to gauge enrollments is to convert student headcounts into full-time equivalent students (FTES). Dividing total student credit units attempted by 15, the normative workload for students pursuing a degree in 4 years, generates the number of FTES. The average CSU student now enrolls in 11.8 units, just under the minimum 12-unit workload for full-time students on financial aid. So, for example, the current number of FTES, 321,600, is roughly three-fourths the size of the 409,279 headcount. The annual change in FTES was 2,969, or a 0.7 percent gain over the prior year. The nominal upswing in FTES reflects the marginal gains in headcount enrollments and average course loads (from 11.7 vs. 11.8).


The two graph lines in the chart displayed above indicate the relationship between enrollment numbers and FTES, and they illustrate the enrollment trend from fall 1994 to fall 2003. Tables 1 and 2, shown on the next page, list the exact systemwide numbers used to plot the lines and they list campus-specific numbers.


Again this year, Long Beach recorded the highest campus enrollment for the system (34,715). However, San Diego still leads in FTES (27,004).


Table 1.  Selected Fall Term Enrollment in the California State University, from Fall 1994(1)

Campus

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003(2)

Bakersfield

5,086

5,319

5,435

5,717

5,594

6,210

6,397

7,050

7,765

7, 924

Channel Islands (3)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,139

2,340

Chico

14,232

13,798

13,919

14,247

14,983

15,261

15,912

16,704

16,246

15,516

Dominguez Hills

9,744

9,977

10,400

10,704

12,054

12,524

12,848

12,871

13,504

13,248

Fresno

17,293

17,461

17,213

18,113

18,101

18,321

19,056

20,007

21,272

22,362

Fullerton

22,097

22,604

24,040

24,906

25,675

27,167

28,381

30,357

32,143

32,592

Hayward

12,567

12,650

12,863

12,855

12,888

12,667

12,705

13,240

13,876

13,455

Humboldt

7,049

7,427

7,687

7,492

7,475

7,545

7,433

7,382

7,611

7,725

Long Beach

26,277

26,403

27,431

27,809

28,637

30,011

30,918

33,259

34,566

34,715

Los Angeles

18,224

18,385

18,849

19,160

19,732

19,783

19,593

20,675

21,099

20,644

Maritime Academy

-

367

366

388

449

583

653

606

721

676

Monterey Bay

-

654

1,256

1,586

1,958

2,265

2,624

3,020

3,551

3,760

Northridge

24,310

25,015

27,189

27,653

27,203

27,947

29,066

31,448

32,070

32,997

Pomona

16,304

16,605

16,803

17,246

17,577

18,021

18,424

19,041

19,821

19,804

Sacramento

22,726

22,796

23,420

23,478

23,676

24,530

25,714

26,923

28,558

28,375

San Bernardino

11,864

11,957

12,153

13,280

13,600

14,280

14,909

15,985

16,341

16,927

San Diego

28,372

29,350

29,981

30,593

31,453

31,413

31,609

34,171

34,304

33,676

San Francisco

26,260

26,791

27,420

26,982

27,446

27,701

26,826

26,866

28,378

29,686

San Jose

26,299

25,997

25,874

26,897

26,628

26,937

26,698

28,007

30,350

28,917

San Luis Obispo

15,440

16,023

17,000

16,735

16,296

16,470

16,877

18,079

18,453

18,303

San Marcos

2,736

3,642

4,409

4,678

5,025

5,739

6,256

6,496

7,678

7,777

Sonoma

6,611

6,778

6,995

7,047

7,003

7,083

7,402

7,590

8,219

8,371

Stanislaus

5,877

5,972

6,100

6,213

6,351

6,489

7,062

7,534

7,850

8,072

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Nursing (4)

-

2,084

1,901

1,712

-

-

-

-

-

-

International Programs

-

-

-

-

449

463

518

561

573

618

CalStateTEACH

-

-

-

-

-

309

588

733

808

799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

319,368

328,055

338,704

345,491

350,253

359,719

368,469 

388,605

407,896

409,279

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2.  Selected Fall Term Full-Time Equivalents in the California State University, from Fall 1994(1)

Campus

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003(2)

Bakersfield

4,172

4,332

4,560

4,844

4,720

5,296

5,449

5,956

6,601

6, 680

Channel Islands (3)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,258

1,677

Chico

12,628

12,382

12,471

12,810

13,472

13,692

14,216

14,840

14,409

13,883

Dominguez Hills

6,557

6,691

7,037

7,180

7,790

7,923

8,146

8,093

8,709

8,749

Fresno

14,819

15,115

14,915

15,178

15,289

15,577

15,838

16,461

17,255

18,167

Fullerton

15,683

16,072

17,044

18,051

18,545

19,885

20,701

22,016

23,351

23,428

Hayward

9,970

9,902

10,045

10,036

10,039

10,049

9,971

10,388

10,952

10,778

Humboldt

6,601

6,983

7,257

7,072

7,118

7,060

6,902

6,842

7,007

7,092

Long Beach

19,422

19,729

20,327

20,745

21,456

22,836

23,725

25,592

26,480

26,606

Los Angeles

12,589

12,850

13,146

13,331

13,881

14,002

13,809

14,711

15,166

15,227

Maritime Academy

-

427

433

464

553

661

713

684

742

762

Monterey Bay

-

601

1,243

1,544

1,830

2,142

2,533

2,888

3,376

3,646

Northridge

17,439

18,049

19,563

20,022

19,841

20,475

21,440

23,170

24,023

24,473

Pomona

12,714

13,189

13,494

13,881

14,378

14,619

14,903

15,668

16,309

16,603

Sacramento

17,364

17,533

18,060

18,254

18,536

19,159

19,971

20,985

22,189

22,294

San Bernardino

9,179

9,331

9,480

10,293

10,680

11,124

11,556

12,374

12,687

13,224

San Diego

21,810

22,719

23,336

23,830

24,617

24,670

24,701

27,022

27,622

27,004

San Francisco

19,058

19,736

20,258

19,935

20,360

20,576

19,993

19,962

21,244

22,483

San Jose

19,188

19,028

19,195

19,984

19,532

19,696

19,622

20,525

22,186

21,185

San Luis Obispo

14,115

14,738

15,636

15,463

15,121

15,301

15,606

16,745

17,275

17,196

San Marcos

1,996

2,681

3,207

3,481

3,703

4,313

4,710

4,841

5,826

5,979

Sonoma

5,377

5,591

5,852

5,979

5,961

6,059

6,353

6,580

7,102

7,337

Stanislaus

4,202

4,340

4,370

4,503

4,687

4,855

5,184

5,442

5,678

5,870

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Nursing (4)

-

820

787

735

-

-

-

-

-

-

International Programs

-

-

-

-

495

463

570

617

620

680

CalStateTEACH

-

-

-

-

-

185

412

501

565

579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Campus (5)

244,881

252,839

261,716

267,612

272,605

280,619

287,021

302,904

318,631

321,600

Notes     1)   Beginning fall 2000, fall enrollment represents profile data and may differ from final data posted in other reports.

2)    Fall 2003 figures are preliminary census reports; official census files are not yet available.

3)    Channel Islands serves 1,560 native students and 780 continuing students that originally matriculated at Northridge.

4)    Fall figures for the Statewide Nursing Program are not available for fall 1992 through fall 1994.  Beginning fall 1998, Statewide Nursing enrollment is included in Dominguez Hills.

5)   The figures presented in these tables may not sum to totals due to rounding.

 


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