CSUSM Fall 2010 Admissions Open October 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

The CSU fall 2010 priority application period begins October 1 and runs through November 30, 2009. This year, it is even more important for prospective students to follow and adhere to all admission deadlines and requirements.

As part of the California State University (CSU) system's adopted plan to address the significant reduction in state support, the system will reduce enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years. For California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) the enrollment target has been reduced by six percent. This is a big blow to the University that has seen such tremendous growth and a setback to the region that CSUSM serves.

With the directive to reduce enrollment by six percent, CSUSM will have very limited space for fall 2010 admission. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to multiple institutions.

CSUSM will accommodate new first-time freshman and upper-division transfer applicants from its local service area, defined as north of Highway 56 in San Diego County extending to southern Orange County and southwestern Riverside County. These applicants must apply during the CSU fall 2010 priority application period of October 1 through November 30, 2009, and must meet all CSU minimum admission requirements and all other University requirements and deadlines for fall 2010.  All requirements and deadlines will be strictly enforced.  In addition, the University is presently considering impaction status for several highly enrolled majors, and applicants for those majors, whether they come from our service area or not, will be subject to additional major requirements.

Prospective students from outside of CSUSM's local service area are welcome to apply for admission during the priority application period; however, CSU systemwide impaction will be utilized including higher admission criteria, waitlists, academic program impaction, and other options. These students will only be admitted if enrollment space is available after local service area applicants have been accommodated.

Additionally, CSUSM will continue to honor it's "PACE Promise" with San Marcos Unified School District, and other memoranda of agreements for guaranteed admission to those students fulfilling the specified criteria and meeting deadline requirements.

Cal State San Marcos campus remains committed to serving as many students as possible and providing a quality education. While it is regretful that these decisions are being made, faced with the current budget situation and obligation to reduce enrollment next year, these are the action steps CSUSM must take.

For more information on CSUSM admissions, visit www. csusm.edu/admissions/

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region.CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.