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CSU Accepts Fall 2012 Applications Starting October 1

Students starting in fall 2012 will be the first to be part of CSU Early Start

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(Sept. 27, 2011) – Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, marks the beginning of the application period for students looking to attend a California State University campus in fall 2012.

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 applying to campuses and programs.

"Many high school and community college students are making the exciting choice to invest in their future by earning a bachelor's degree," said Nathan Evans, director of CSU Enrollment Management Services.  "College is the time when students get to focus their education on subjects they are passionate about and build lifelong connections."

During the application process, prospective students are strongly encouraged to 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, 2011.  After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications.

The next step after applying is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Nearly half of CSU undergraduates receive enough in financial aid to cover the full cost of their tuition fees.  CSU students also benefit from one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation.

Campuses Face Impaction
Many campuses remain impacted due to the continuing decline in state funding and the high demand for a CSU education.  Students applying to impacted campuses may face additional criteria, such as a higher eligibility index or grade point average, with students in the local area receiving priority in most cases.  A list of impacted campuses is provided here.  

Programs may also be impacted, meaning that students may need to meet additional criteria to apply for a particular program.  A list of impacted majors is provided here.

In general, students are encouraged to apply to multiple CSU campuses as a backup in case they are not admitted to the campus or major of their first choice.

Students Get an Early Start
During the summer of 2012, new CSU first-time freshmen students needing to strengthen their English and math skills will be eligible for an early start.  The CSU Early Start initiative requires students who do not show proficiency through testing or other exemptions to take classes in summer that focus on those skills.

"Preparation for college lays the foundation for student success," said Eric Forbes, assistant vice chancellor of CSU Academic Affairs.  "Students in CSU Early Start will begin the fall semester actively using the knowledge and skills that are required every day on a college campus."

Students will be allowed to attend courses at a nearby CSU campus or community college if necessary.  In addition, fees for Early Start will be waived for students qualifying for certain types of financial aid.  Campuses will communicate more information on Early Start throughout the admission process.


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 412,000 students and 43,000 faculty and staff.  The CSU awards about 90,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.6 million.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces.  The mission of the CSU 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.

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