Despite early concerns about state trigger cuts and potential enrollment reductions, the fall 2013 application cycle has set a Sonoma State University record for fall semester applicants. This year's record confirms the continued high demand for an SSU education as well as throughout the California State University system.
Director of Admissions Gustavo Flores reported that SSU received a 8.7% increase from last fall for a total count of 14,207 applications. The university plans to enroll 1800 first-time freshmen.
At the transfer level, the campus experienced a 22% increase from Fall 2012 for a total count of 4,581 applications Plans are to enroll between 800-900 transfer students.
Flores said the high rate was explained by a backlog of applicants who could not apply for the spring 2013 term because it had been closed for budgetary reasons by the CSU.
Applications for the graduate level remain open at this time.
Every CSU campus received more applications from first time freshmen and transfer applicants than last year.
Through Nov. 30, potential freshmen, transfer, credential and graduate students submitted 763,517 applications for fall 2013 - an increase of 12 percent from last year. Potential students typically submit applications to multiple CSU campuses. The total fall 2013 submissions came from 294,926 individual applicants - an increase of 10 percent from fall 2012.
The increases across all 23 campuses combine for a fourth straight year of record high systemwide applications. CSU officials say this demonstrates a continuing demographic and economic trend toward higher education.