The California State University Continues Record Enrollment GrowthContact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801, firstname.lastname@example.org
(October 30, 2002) -- The California State University system, the largest in the country, has reached another record – 406,896 students enrolled at its 23 campuses on fall 2002 opening day. Cal State Long Beach topped San Diego State University for the first time in 20 years as the campus with the largest enrollment.
This marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for the system. The fall 2002 headcount reflects an increase of more than 18,291 students, or 5 percent, over fall 2001's total of 388,605.
The CSU's 2002 enrollment figure exceeds the current level of state funding (the system was funded for an increase of 15,000 additional students, compared to the 18,291 it recorded). Demographically, the enrollment increase reflects the continuation of the "Tidal Wave II" phenomenon as the children of the baby boomers enroll in college at increasing levels.
The CSU, which has grown by more than 87,000 students since 1994, continues to serve its bulging student population by maximizing use of its facilities, relying more on nontraditional and technology-based courses, and offering more evening, weekend, and summer sessions.
"The California State University mission is to provide eligible students with a high quality, affordable education, and we are doing that better every year," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Our only worry is that state budget problems may mean tighter enrollments next year if we are not fully funded for all enrolled students. At the same time, we are proud that the CSU provides California with excellent educational opportunities at each of our 23 campuses."
Around the system, all but one of the campuses reported enrollment increases. Only CSU Chico reported a slight drop compared to last year. That was intentional given that Chico was overenrolled last year relative to its master plan capacity. This was the first year for CSU Channel Islands to report enrolled students, as the campus opened this fall with 2,139 students. It will begin accepting freshman in fall 2003.
Cal State Long Beach led the 23 campuses with 34,566 students, a gain of 1,307 students. San Diego State University, now the second largest campus, recorded 34,304 students. Because San Diego has reached its physical capacity, it is unable to grow further except slightly.
The largest headcount gain was at San Jose State University, with an increase of 2,359 students. Other campuses with large increases include Fullerton (1,786), Sacramento (1,635), San Francisco (1,513), and San Marcos (1,182).
A report giving fuller details about the fall term opening enrollment can be viewed here.
The following table shows enrollment figures at the CSU campuses comparing opening day enrollment for fall 2002 and last year's official fall enrollment.
*Figure for Channel Islands includes 630 new students and 1,509 continuing students who originally matriculated at Northridge.
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 407,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission 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. See www.calstate.edu.
Last Updated: 31 October 2002