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New President Greets Record Fall Enrollment

Aug. 24, 2012

By the time Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García delivers her first-ever CSUF convocation address Sept. 11, she will be presiding over the largest fall enrollment in the campus's history.

Cal State Fullerton expects to welcome more than 37,000 students for the opening of fall semester classes, which begin Aug. 25. By late September, when the census count is in, enrollment will surpass the previous record of 37,130 students, set in fall 2007.

The new count means enrollment has reached the limit allowed by the CSU for the only Orange County campus in the 23-campus system. The university’s fall enrollment also is expected to be among the largest in the CSU.

Cal State Fullerton admitted more students for this fall than last  — when enrollment reached 36,156 — including approximately 11,000 new students, and almost 1,000 more community college students, in order to meet the high demand from students in our region.

“In keeping with our mission, we are providing access for as many qualified students as allowed this fall. While maintaining quality in our programs, we are working to provide sufficient seats in courses to ensure that all students have the opportunity to progress toward their degree objectives,” said Steve Murray, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Still, this fall, CSUF was unable to admit an additional 6,000 CSU-eligible students who hoped to become Titans, noted Murray, because the demand for a Cal State Fullerton education continues to eclipse available state resources. The academic qualifications of entering students continue to rise for both freshmen and community college transfer students, he noted. Demand for enrollment slots is expected to remain strong for the foreseeable future at both the freshman and transfer levels based on the California Department of Finance High School Graduate Projections for our region.

In spring 2013, campus enrollment will decline because CSU-established limits will restrict Cal State Fullerton's second semester admissions to a limited number of new students from a few select categories — less than 10 percent of the normal spring class, which primarily consists of community college transfers. These limits are the direct result of cuts in state funding to the CSU and Cal State Fullerton. Additional cuts may occur if the Proposition 30 tax initiative on the November ballot fails to win voter approval.

To keep pace with workforce needs of the region, two new degree programs are being introduced this fall — an online master’s degree in environmental engineering and doctor of nursing practice.

In addition, 36 tenure-track instructional faculty members are joining the ranks of campus educators to teach in the university’s eight colleges.

Key dates on the back-to-school schedule:

Aug. 25:

  • First day of classes at the main campus in Fullerton and CSUF Irvine Campus.
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts “Finding Success as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Major” for incoming freshmen, community college transfer students and their families from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Titan Student Union.

Aug. 27-Sept. 7

Weeks of Welcome featuring information stations at various locations around campus to assist newcomers to CSUF.

Sept. 8:

Destino Universidad is a daylong town hall event designed to provide college-planning guidance on financial aid, admission procedures and course planning. CSUF President García is scheduled to give welcome remarks at 8:45 a.m. in Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union, where the daylong event will be held.

Sept. 8:

The 16th annual Council of African American Parents Educational Symposium at noon in Mihaylo Hall will offer workshops to prepare students for admission to colleges and universities and about financing a college education. Keynote speaker, Connie Rice, civil rights attorney and author of “Power Concedes Nothing,” will speak at 4 p.m. in the Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion.

Sept. 11:

CSUF President García to deliver convocation address at 10 a.m. in Meng Concert Hall of the Clayes Performing Arts Center.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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