CSUSM Receives Record Number of Fall 2010 Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

At the close of the California State University (CSU) priority application period on November 30, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has received 17,300 applications for fall 2010 - a campus record and a 22 percent increase over fall 2009.

First time freshmen applications increased 7 percent and transfer applications increased 48 percent compared to fall 2009.

Effective immediately, CSUSM is no longer accepting applications for fall 2010 from first time freshmen or transfer students.  Veteran, active duty military, graduate, and teaching credential application categories have later deadlines and will remain open at this time.  Applications that have been received will be reviewed with admission decisions being made and students notified of acceptance on a rolling basis through the beginning of 2010.

Six highly enrolled majors have received impaction status.  Thus, while choice of major does not impact admissions decisions, students applying to major in Business Administration, Communication, Human Development, Kinesiology, Mass Media, and Nursing/Pre-Nursing will be subject to additional major requirements.

System-wide record applications

The California State University has received more than 609,000 undergraduate applications in the two month priority application period beginning Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 30. The applications number shatters previous records and demonstrates the strong demand for a CSU education.

CSU budget cuts

The CSU has laid out a plan to address the system-wide $564 million deficit created by state budget cuts. Elements of the plan include system wide furloughs and lay-offs, raising student fees, and cutting enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years.

To comply with the CSU directive to reduce enrollment, CSUSM must manage enrollment down by six percent for the upcoming academic year. The University is accommodating new first time freshmen from its local service area and upper division transfers from local service area community colleges who applied during the fall 2010 priority application period, meet all CSU minimum admission requirements and all other University requirements and deadlines, which will all be strictly enforced.

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.