January 31, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 9

CSU Enrollment Increases for Fifth Straight Year in 1999

Northridge Regains Status as Third Largest Campus in Enrollment

Enrollment in the Cal State University system rose for the fifth consecutive year during fall 1999. The 9,463 additional students enrolled last semester increased the system's headcount to 359,716, the highest level since 1991.

For fall 1999, 19 of the 22 CSU campuses had increases in headcount enrollment. The largest numeric gains were at Fullerton, up 1,492; Long Beach, up 1,374; Sacramento, up 854; Northridge, up 744, and San Marcos, up 718.

In enrollment rankings, Cal State Northridge regained its status as the third largest CSU campus. San Diego State continued to lead the CSU system with 31,413 students, followed by Long Beach, 30,011; Northridge, 27,947; San Francisco, 27,715, and Fullerton 27,167.

Overall during the past five years, the Cal State system has grown by more than 40,000 students, an increase of 12.6 percent. The CSU has the largest enrollment of any senior higher education system in the country.

"Obviously, Tidal Wave II is here," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "To ensure access to affordable, high quality education for all qualified students, we have to maximize our resources. That means moving to year-round operations, using technology to reach more students, partnering with other institutions when it makes sense, and using our funding as efficiently as possible."

The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) recently issued a report on Tidal Wave II-the name given the surge of students expected to seek higher education in California during the next ten years, as the children of the baby boomers reach college age.

The report predicted about 120,000 additional students will enroll at CSU campuses during the decade. Enrollment predictions for fall 2000 say the CSU system then will surpass its highest historic enrollment of 1990, when 369,053 students were enrolled.

The fall 1999 full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment figure for the CSU, which counts students based on the share of credits they take toward a full 15-credit load, increased about 2.9 percent from 272,605 to 280,499.

Although about 97 percent of CSU students are from California, CSU enrollment also includes students from every state in the U.S. and from more than 100 countries. Minority group students represent more than half of the CSU student body, double the national average.


January, 31, 2000

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