Fall Census Breaks Previous Record
From Dateline (October 9, 2003)
This fall’s student population grew
to a record 32,592.
Last fall, student enrollment reached 32,143 and
prompted the early closure of undergraduate admissions for spring
This semester’s student numbers, plus the net
11 percent decrease in state support to the California State University
system, prompted Fullerton to curtail spring 2004 enrollment.
“This is part of our effort to preserve
quality for our existing students, while maintaining access,”
said Ephraim P. Smith, vice president for academic affairs.
Among the census findings: female students remain
in the majority at 61 percent of the population; most of the increase
was in continuing students, while the number of sophomores decreased
because the university no longer accepts lower-division transfers
from community colleges; and more than 60 percent of Cal State Fullerton
students are taking 12 or more units this fall.
The number of students attending the El Toro Campus
also increased – to 2,940 this semester. Among them are 1,172
students attending courses solely at the former Marine base.
The fall full-time- equivalent student (FTES) count
is 23,428, an increase from last fall’s FTES of 23,351. One
FTE equals 15 units of student course work and is the basis for
allocating state funding to the campus.
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