October 4, 2004 :: No. 47
10th Consecutive Fall Enrollment
Increase Posted at Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton welcomed a record 32,744
students this fall, according to census figures compiled by Admissions
and Records — up from 32,592 tallied in fall 2003.
Steady enrollment growth over the course of 10 consecutive
fall semesters underscores the continuing popularity of the university
with area students. Earlier this year, decreases in state support
for the California State University system prompted curtailment
of spring 2004 enrollment and early closure for fall 2004 admissions
for most fields of study. The final state budget restored some CSU
funding, lessening the need to restrict admissions.
“Even though we suffered funding cuts, we were
still able to deliver a record fall enrollment, and we expect to
have an even larger spring class,” said Ephraim P. Smith,
vice president for academic affairs. “For admission to campus
this fall, we received more than 40,000 applications. Our student
body is robust, and we are very pleased with its diversity.”
Fall census figures indicate that more than half of
the university’s students are members of ethnic minority groups.
In addition, new student enrollment was strong, while continuing
student numbers decreased slightly, due, in part, to a record number
of graduates in a single year — more than 6,800 in 2004.
The university’s full-time-equivalent student
(FTES) count of 24,142 also is a record for the university. One
FTE equals 15 units of student course work and is the basis for
allocating state funding to the campus.
Female students remain in the majority at 60 percent
of the student body, and more than 64 percent of Cal State Fullerton
students are enrolled in 12 or more units.
The number of students enrolled at the university’s
El Toro Campus is 3,034, including 1,214 attending classes solely
at the branch campus.
Applications for spring admission are now being accepted
for all fields of study. For more information, go to: http://www.fullerton.edu/admissions.