All 23 California State University (CSU) campuses are accepting applications for admission to the fall 2015 term. Students intending to apply for fall admission should visit the recently updated www.csumentor.edu website to complete the online application.
CSU campuses received more than 760,000 undergraduate applications for admission to the fall 2014 term and that number is expected to continue to increase this year. In an attempt to meet growing demand, CSU Trustees reviewed an initial budget plan in September that would include requesting funding to increase enrollment by approximately 12,000 students. Enrollment continues to be constrained by funding from the state. For the past several years, CSU has turned away between 20,000 to 26,000 fully eligible new students each year.
High school seniors, community college transfer students and others applying for admission as undergraduates are especially encouraged to apply no later than Nov. 30, 2014. After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications. CSU Mentor is the best systemwide source for updated information on applying to campuses and programs. Among the new features available through CSU Mentor, current high school students can initiate their application from CaliforniaColleges.edu. The CSU’s degree database also provides potential students with a comprehensive listing of all undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the 23 campuses.
The next step after applying is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More than half of all CSU undergraduates receive enough in financial aid to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. CSU students also benefit from one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation as tuition fees have remained at the same level since 2011.
On Oct. 9, the CSU will be holding a Google Plus Hangout where CSU Director of Enrollment Management Services Nathan Evans will be answering questions live about admissions and enrollment. Prospective students and their families can tune in live at 4 p.m. or can send questions in advance by tweeting them to @calstate or posting them to the CSU Facebook page.