February 2, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 9

Cal State Northridge Fall 2003 Enrollment Sets New Record

Space, Budget Limitations Force Limit on Fall 2004 Applications

Cal State Northridge's enrollment has jumped again, to a record-setting 32,997 that boosts the university to third largest in the California State University system. Preliminary figures released by the CSU Chancellor's Office on January 9 show that Northridge's fall 2003 enrollment topped the previous year's totals by 927 students.

According to the CSU census, enrollment for all 23 campuses exceeds 400,000 for the second time in system history. The 409,279 systemwide headcount, an all time high, is 1,383 higher than the number recorded for fall 2002, an increase of nearly 0.4 percent.

Of the 12 CSU campuses recording enrollment increases over fall 2002 numbers, the largest annual gains were posted at San Francisco (1,308 students), Northridge and San Bernardino (586 students). In total enrollment, Northridge now ranks just behind Long Beach, which enrolled 34,715 students, and San Diego, with 33,676 students.

"Many students are selecting Cal State Northridge because of our reputation for providing quality and affordable education," said Margaret Fieweger, associate vice president for undergraduate studies.

At the same time, Fieweger noted, continued enrollment pressures have forced the university to limit applications for fall 2004. "Because of space and budget limitations," she said, "we are unable to accommodate every single person who wants to be enrolled here."

The campus is approaching the maximum number of applications it can accommodate from upper division transfer students for fall 2004, and university officials expect to close the admissions process at any time.

Fieweger said the university will not be accepting fall 2004 applications from the following:

Northridge already has stopped accepting applications from first-time freshmen, but admission is still open to master's degree and credential program candidates for the fall 2004 semester.

For more admissions information, call Northridge's Office of Student Outreach and Recruitment Services at (818) 677-2967 or its Office of Admissions and Records at (818) 677-3700.

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