CSU Priority Application Period Now Open Through Nov. 30

Contact: Paul Browning, 562-951-4800, pbrowning@calstate.edu

(October 19, 2006)—Prospective students wanting to enroll at a California State University campus in fall 2007 are strongly advised to submit their applications for admission no later than November 30, 2006.

Students interested in applying to an impacted campus -- those campuses that receive more applications from qualified students than can be accommodated -- are required to apply before Nov. 30 to avoid the risk of not being admitted to those campuses.

The higher education compact agreed to by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CSU and the University of California provides increased funding for the CSU through the end of decade. This year the CSU has proposed a three percent increase in the state general fund appropriation and is expecting a 2.5 increase in student enrollment. This will provide access to CSU campuses to an additional 10,000 students.

Students, however, will benefit from applying during the priority application period because campuses will stop accepting applications when they reach their enrollment targets.

Fall 2007 applicants are encouraged to apply electronically by logging onto www.csumentor.edu. CSUMentor is a web-based system that helps students plan and apply to the CSU online. The site is designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus, finance higher education, find impacted campuses, and apply for admission. Technical support, course-check, and open and closed campus information are also available.

The CSU is the nation’s most diverse higher education institution, with 55 percent minority students, more than twice the national average for four-year public universities. The California State University is one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the country. The annual state university fee for a full-time undergraduate student is averages $3,164.

“CSU students pay the lowest fees of comparable universities nationwide for a high quality education,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “They then enter the workforce as professionals in the fields that drive California’s economy: business, engineering, agriculture, communications, computer and life sciences. CSU is also the largest producer of California graduates in education, criminal justice, social work, and public administration.”

Students in need of assistance with their electronic applications may call for technical support at 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927). The service is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 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: October 19, 2006

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