University receives record number of applications

SAN MARCOS — At the close of the California State University priority application period on Nov. 30, Cal State San Marcos 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, Cal State San Marcos 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.
The California State University system 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.
The university system 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 California State University directive to reduce enrollment, Cal State San Marcos must manage enrollment down by 6 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.

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