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Third Year of Record High CSU Undergraduate Applications

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SJSU experienced a nearly nine percent increase over last year in the number of applications received from potential first-time frosh.

Some campuses still accepting applications for graduate programs

Media contact: Erik Fallis, (562) 951-4800

(December 5, 2011) – For the third year in a row, the California State University received a record number of undergraduate applications. This year’s record confirms the continued high demand for a CSU education.

Through CSU Mentor, potential first-time freshmen and transfer students submitted 665,860 applications for fall 2012 – easily eclipsing last year’s 611,225. The submissions came from 258,834 distinct applicants versus 241,166 last year. Potential students typically apply to multiple CSU campuses.

For SJSU, potential first-time freshmen submitted 24,690 applications for fall 2012 – an almost nine percent increase over last year’s 22,702. Potential transfer students submitted 12,604 applications to SJSU for fall 2012, a nearly five percent increase over last year’s 12,029.

The CSU has also continued a trend of attracting a group of students that reflects the diversity of California. Based on self-reported statistical data, no ethnic or racial group forms a majority among CSU undergraduate applicants. This year also saw a first with Latino applicants outnumbering White applicants by 33.3 percent to 31.2 percent.

“The CSU has gone into communities throughout California with the message that a university education is achievable,” said Nathan Evans, director of CSU Enrollment Management Services. “California’s high school and community college students identify the CSU as the university that offers them a clear path to a successful and prosperous future.”

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