November 23, 1998 Vol. III, No. 7

Instant Admissions Day Draws Record Turnout

University Issues About 1,500 Provisional Admissions for Fall 1999

A record number of high school and community college students took part in a recent Instant Admissions Day at Cal State Northridge, with an estimated 90 percent deemed eligible to become CSUN students next fall.

About 1,800 students and their parents crowded the halls of the University Student Union on Wednesday, Nov. 11, getting information about CSUN and learning if they could have a place at one of the Southland's top universities. About 1,500 received provisional admissions.

The prospective students also received pre-enrollment academic advising from CSUN's different colleges, a service that won praise from both the would-be students and their parents.

"We saw a lot of truly high achieving students with GPAs of 3.0 and above, and SAT scores well above 1,000," said Ludim Seja de Manzano, CSUN director of outreach and recruitment. "It was a very impressive group of young people."

The university is aiming to enroll no more than 2,200 students as first-time freshmen in fall 1999. The last day for prospective first-time freshmen to submit applications to CSUN is Monday, Nov. 30.

In addition to Instant Admissions Day, university recruiting officials are bringing the admissions process to local communities. Recruiting officers earlier this month visited the Crenshaw and Ventura areas, and plan to visit East Los Angeles and Pasadena later this month.

"Once we've admitted these students, our next job is to make sure they attend next year," Seja de Manzano said.

In the coming months, she said, those students who received provisional admission to the university will be invited to receptions and other events. They will have the opportunity to meet with CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson, college deans and faculty.

"I think once they consider the wonderful opportunities they will have to do research and have internships in their majors while undergraduates, and the individual attention they get at the university, a lot of these students will be at CSUN next fall," Seja de Manzano said.

-Carmen Ramos Chandler

November 23, 1998

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