CSU Enrollment Climbs Again

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, 562-951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu
Or Colleen Bentley-Adler, 562-951-4800, caba@calstate.edu

(Nov. 10, 2005) -- Fall 2005 enrollment at the California State University climbed to more than 405,000 students, following a budget-driven decline in fall 2004 to 397,000 students. The California State University remains the country’s largest system of senior higher education.

The current CSU enrollment figure of 405,292 is 8,244 students higher than last year. Higher fall enrollments occurred at 14 CSU campuses, with the largest gains occurring at Fullerton (up 2,296), Northridge (up 1,902), Long Beach (up 1,068) and San Jose (up 931). The system’s newest campus at Channel Islands grew by 554 students.

“This is good news, especially since we were able to provide access to more students this year, thanks to increased funding provided by the governor’s Compact with the CSU,” said Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Our outreach to high schools and community colleges is continuing and we will be working to enroll more students during the coming spring and winter terms on campuses with available space.”

Gains in FTES (full-time equivalent students) were also up from 317,234 to this year’s 325,542, an increase of 2.6 percent. This reflects students taking more classes per term than in 2004.

For the first time, Cal State Fullerton took the lead as the campus with the highest number of students (35,040). Other campuses breaking the 30,000-level include Long Beach (the previous leader) at 34,547, Northridge at 33,243, and San Diego at 32,693.

Survey data obtained during the 2003-04 college year indicate that CSU undergraduates have the following characteristics: 84 percent are commuters; 57 percent are financially dependent on parents (43 percent are independent); 18 percent have dependents; 76 percent work (including 21 percent who work more than 30 hours a week); and 29 percent are the first in their family to attend college.

For individual campus enrollment figures, see In Brief: Enrollment Report -- Fall 2005, on CSU’s Statistical Information page, www.calstate.edu/as/.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 405,000 students and 43,000 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: November 9, 2005

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