Public Affairs

CSU Fall 2011 Application Period Update

October 8, 2010

Through the first week of the fall 2011 application cycle, the CSU has received 54,362 applications for admission. Though that figure is less than the record 66,399 for the first week of the fall 2010 cycle - that period saw unprecedented demand due to CSU's closing of the spring 2010 cycle to reduce enrollment in alignment with available funding - it is nearly 20,000 applications more than the total submissions after one week for the fall 2009 cycle.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply early, be proactive in the application process and be aware of campus requirements and deadlines. High school seniors and community college transfer students are especially encouraged to apply no later than Nov. 30, 2010. After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications. By submitting their applications earlier, students initiate the review process and can receive information regarding eligibility or any admissions criteria still outstanding.

At least 16 of the university's 23 campuses have declared impaction for first-time freshmen and 15 of those campuses are also impacted at the transfer level. Impaction means that a campus anticipates more qualified applicants than there are spots available. Students applying to impacted campuses may face additional criteria, such as higher grade point average, with students in the local area receiving priority in most cases.

Programs may also be impacted, meaning that students may need to meet additional criteria to apply for a particular program. Therefore, students are also encouraged to apply to a second CSU campus as a backup in case they are not admitted to the campus or major of their first choice.

Students intending to apply for fall should visit the website to complete the online application. CSU Mentor is the best systemwide source for updated information on the specific deadlines for campuses and programs.