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Demand for CSU drives record applications, CSUEB sees significant increase

  • January 17, 2013

Despite early concerns about state trigger cuts and potential enrollment reductions, the fall 2013 application cycle set a CSU record for submissions through CSU Mentor.  This year's record confirms the continued high demand for a CSU education.

Through Nov. 30, potential freshmen, transfer, credential and graduate students submitted 763,517 applications for fall 2013 – an increase of 12 percent from last year.  Potential students typically submit applications to multiple CSU campuses.  The total fall 2013 submissions came from 294,926 individual applicants – an increase of 10 percent from fall 2012.

Individual first-time freshmen applicants rose to 173,985 from 166,028.  Partially due to CSU's closing of the spring 2013 application cycle to all but a very limited number of students, transfer applicants surged to 108,726 from 92,806.  Graduate and credential applicants also increased to 12,215 from 9,849, even though many campuses continue to accept submissions past Nov. 30.

Every CSU campus received more applications from first time freshmen and transfer applicants than last year.  The increases across all 23 campuses combine for a fourth straight year of record high systemwide applications. This demonstrates a continuing demographic and economic trend toward higher education.

Transfer applications and credential and graduate applications led the growth, with each experiencing a 21 percent increase from the previous year.

Across the CSU, campuses received 234,214 transfer applications. At least part of the rise in transfer applications is due to CSU's closing of spring 2013 enrollment to all but a very limited number of students. The system received 16,923 applications for credential and graduate programs. 

At Cal State East Bay, overall applications for next fall are up 3,441 over last year with 21,515 submitted through Nov. 30. Growth in applications to CSUEB was highest among transfer students, totaling 7,894, up 27 percent over fall 2012.

Nearly 15 percent more first-time freshmen, or 13,086, have applied to Cal State East Bay compared with the same time period the previous fall. Those applying for credential and graduate programs also has increased, totaling 535, a 24 percent rise over last year.

Typically, potential CSU students submit applications to more than one campus and application numbers are not necessarily a reflection of the total number of potential students.  However, the high number of applications underscores the continued demand for higher education, which the CSU has not been able to meet due to decreased state funding support.

The system held applications from new students pending the outcome of Proposition 30, which had a direct impact on funded enrollment targets due to the potential for $250 million in trigger cuts.  Having avoided those cuts, CSU campuses are able to admit 10,000 to 15,000 more students than otherwise possible and are now processing applications.

Potential CSU students were encouraged to apply by the priority application period. In addition to CSUEB, a few campuses remain open to first-time freshmen and transfer applicants; visit for details.

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