CSU Enrollments Drop Slightly from Previous Year's Historic Highs

 

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

**Fall 2004 figures are based on official census reports.

 

Chart A.  Fall Term Enrollment and Full-Time Equivalent Students* from fall 1995 to Fall 2004**

 

California State University enrollment decreased in fall 2004.  The headcount enrollment figure of 397,035 students is 11,911 lower than the milestone enrollment of 408,946 students recorded in fall 2003.   The drop represents a decrease of nearly 3 percent, but is gentler than expected in January 2004, when the state's budget proposed cutting $240 million to the CSU. Then, the CSU announced that if the cuts were implemented as proposed, it would have to reduce enrollment by 20,000 students.

 

At the end of July, state policymakers reached a budget agreement that included $40.3 million more than originally anticipated. Of that, $33.3 million will be used to serve additional 7,500 students that will be admitted in spring 2005. On balance, the 3 percent drop in fall 2004 enrollments mirrors the 3.13 percent reduction in state funding allocated to support 2004-05 enrollments.

 

Despite the net drop in students across the CSU System, five sites recorded enrollment increases over their fall 2003 numbers.  The largest annual gains were at Channel Islands (up 529), Chico (up 218 students), Monterey Bay (up 185 students), and Fullerton (up 152 students). The other campuses with annual gains were San Jose (up 112 students) AND Maritime Academy (up 61 students).

 

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 associated with any observed enrollment.  The current number of FTES is 317,220; so the annual drop in FTES from the prior Year was 4,386, or a 1.36 percent decline.    

 

The smaller proportional loss in FTES reflects the higher average workload in fall 2004 (12.0 units vs. 11.8 units). Since the average CSU student now enrolls in 12.0 units, the minimum workload for full-time students on financial aid, the current number of FTE, is fourth-fifths the size of the 397,035 headcount.

 

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 1995 to fall 2004.  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 (33,479).  However, San Diego still leads in FTES ((26,769).  Fullerton and Northridge continue move closer to the enrollment levels exhibited at Long Beach and San Diego.



Table 1.  Selected Fall Term Enrollment in the California State University, from Fall 1995(1)

 

Campus

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004(2)

Bakersfield

5,319

5,435

5,717

5,594

6,210

6,397

7,050

7,765

         7,933

        7,755

Channel Islands (3)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,139

          1,560

         2,021

Chico

13,798

13,919

14,247

14,983

15,261

15,912

16,704

16,246

        15,516

       15,734

Dominguez Hills

9,977

10,400

10,704

12,054

12,524

12,848

12,871

13,504

       13,248

        12,613

Fresno

17,461

17,213

18,113

18,101

18,321

19,056

20,007

21,272

      22,342

        19,781

Fullerton

22,604

24,040

24,906

25,675

27,167

28,381

30,357

32,143

      32,592

      32,744

Hayward

12,650

12,863

12,855

12,888

12,667

12,705

13,240

13,876

       13,455

        13,061

Humboldt

7,427

7,687

7,492

7,475

7,545

7,433

7,382

7,611

         7,725

        7,550

Long Beach

26,403

27,431

27,809

28,637

30,011

30,918

33,259

34,566

       34,715

      33,479

Los Angeles

18,385

18,849

19,160

19,732

19,783

19,593

20,675

21,099

      20,637

      20,307

Maritime Academy

367

366

388

449

583

653

606

721

            698

            759

Monterey Bay

654

1,256

1,586

1,958

2,265

2,624

3,020

3,551

         3,760

        3,945

Northridge

25,015

27,189

27,653

27,203

27,947

29,066

31,448

32,070

      33,426

        31,341

Pomona

16,605

16,803

17,246

17,577

18,021

18,424

19,041

19,821

       19,804

       19,003

Sacramento

22,796

23,420

23,478

23,676

24,530

25,714

26,923

28,558

      28,375

      27,972

San Bernardino

11,957

12,153

13,280

13,600

14,280

14,909

15,985

16,341

       16,927

        16,194

San Diego

29,350

29,981

30,593

31,453

31,413

31,609

34,171

34,304

      33,676

      32,936

San Francisco

26,791

27,420

26,982

27,446

27,701

26,826

26,866

28,378

      29,686

      28,804

San Jose

25,997

25,874

26,897

26,628

26,937

26,698

28,007

30,350

      28,932

      29,044

San Luis Obispo

16,023

17,000

16,735

16,296

16,470

16,877

18,079

18,453

       18,303

       17,582

San Marcos

3,642

4,409

4,678

5,025

5,739

6,256

6,496

7,678

         7,777

        7,365

Sonoma

6,778

6,995

7,047

7,003

7,083

7,402

7,590

8,219

          8,371

        7,977

Stanislaus

5,972

6,100

6,213

6,351

6,489

7,062

7,534

7,850

         8,072

        7,858

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 .

Statewide Nursing (4)

2,084

1,901

1,712

-

-

-

-

-

 -

 -

International Programs

-

-

-

449

463

518

561

573

             618

            570

CalStateTEACH

-

-

-

-

309

588

733

808

            798

            640

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

328,055

338,704

345,491

350,253

359,719

368,469 

388,605

407,896

    408,946

   397,035


 

 Table 2.  Selected Fall Term Full-Time Equivalents in the California State University, from Fall 1995(1)

 

Campus

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004(2)

Bakersfield

4,332

4,560

4,844

4,720

5,296

5,449

5,956

6,601

6,707

6,615

Channel Islands (3)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,258

1,296

1,687

Chico

12,382

12,471

12,810

13,472

13,692

14,216

14,840

14,409

13,883

14,215

Dominguez Hills

6,691

7,037

7,180

7,790

7,923

8,146

8,093

8,709

8,749

8,523

Fresno

15,115

14,915

15,178

15,289

15,577

15,838

16,461

17,255

18,166

17,133

Fullerton

16,072

17,044

18,051

18,545

19,885

20,701

22,016

23,351

23,428

24,143

Hayward

9,902

10,045

10,036

10,039

10,049

9,971

10,388

10,952

10,778

10,660

Humboldt

6,983

7,257

7,072

7,118

7,060

6,902

6,842

7,007

7,092

7,030

Long Beach

19,729

20,327

20,745

21,456

22,836

23,725

25,592

26,480

26,606

26,009

Los Angeles

12,850

13,146

13,331

13,881

14,002

13,809

14,711

15,166

15,223

15,457

Maritime Academy

427

433

464

553

661

713

684

742

770.6

756

Monterey Bay

601

1,243

1,544

1,830

2,142

2,533

2,888

3,376

3,646

3,851

Northridge

18,049

19,563

20,022

19,841

20,475

21,440

23,170

24,023

24,853

23,206

Pomona

13,189

13,494

13,881

14,378

14,619

14,903

15,668

16,309

16,603

15,964

Sacramento

17,533

18,060

18,254

18,536

19,159

19,971

20,985

22,189

22,294

22,091

San Bernardino

9,331

9,480

10,293

10,680

11,124

11,556

12,374

12,687

13,224

13,100

San Diego

22,719

23,336

23,830

24,617

24,670

24,701

27,022

27,622

27,004

26,769

San Francisco

19,736

20,258

19,935

20,360

20,576

19,993

19,962

21,244

22,483

22,187

San Jose

19,028

19,195

19,984

19,532

19,696

19,622

20,525

22,186

21,167

21,554

San Luis Obispo

14,738

15,636

15,463

15,121

15,301

15,606

16,745

17,275

17,196

16,643

San Marcos

2,681

3,207

3,481

3,703

4,313

4,710

4,841

5,826

5,979

5,837

Sonoma

5,591

5,852

5,979

5,961

6,059

6,353

6,580

7,102

7,333

6,958

Stanislaus

4,340

4,370

4,503

4,687

4,855

5,184

5,442

5,678

5,870

5,778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Nursing (4)

820

787

735

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

International Programs

-

-

-

495

463

570

617

620

679.8

627

CalStateTEACH

-

-

-

-

185

412

501

565

577.7

427

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Campus (5)

252,839

261,716

267,612

272,605

280,619

287,021

302,904

318,631

321,606.20

317,220

Notes:

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

2) Fall 2004 figures are official census files.

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

4) Beginning fall 1998, Statewide Nursing enrollment is included in Dominguez Hills.

 


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