CSU receives more than 400,000 online applications for fall 2005

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800 cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(December 3, 2004)—The California State University system has received a record 418,611 online applications for fall 2005 admission. That is a 22 percent increase from last year. The increase marks the eighth straight year of growth for online applications filed during CSU’s priority application period, which extends from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 of each year.

“Applying within the priority application period is critical for students intending to enroll at CSU campuses in high demand,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Every year, these campuses receive more applications from eligible students than they are able to accommodate.”

In the meantime, Reed said, a majority of CSU campuses will continue accepting applications until all available spaces are filled. “Students who still have not applied to the CSU should be encouraged to apply soon to ensure they can attend their first-choice CSU campus,” he said.

To find the list of campuses still open for applications, go to www.CSUMentor.edu, click on “Still accepting applications?” and select “undergraduate” and “Fall 2005” from the pull-down menus.

Students should apply through CSUMentor, an online resource that helps students and their families learn about the CSU system, track their success in meeting admission requirements throughout their high school or community college attendance, select a CSU campus to attend, apply online, and plan to obtain financial aid.

During this year’s priority application period, students filed an average of more than 6,000 applications per hour between 10 p.m. and 12 p.m., the peak hours for students submitting their applications on the last days of the filing period. In the final two days of the priority application period, the CSU received 110,770 applications.

These numbers do not include paper applications, which other students have filed directly with CSU campuses. Data about these applications will be available several months from now.

CSUMentor is a free service offered 24 hours per day, seven days per week, which also offers virtual campus tours, free e-mail accounts, online admission services, and assistance in completing financial aid forms. When applying, students pay only the application fee charged by the CSU campuses they select.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 400,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 annually. 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.

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Last Updated: December 3, 2004

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