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January 17, 2003

Campus, system see record enrollment

CSUS and the 23-campus California State University system as a whole reached record enrollment this year, reflecting increased demand from the large group of children born to Baby Boomers known as "Tidal Wave II."

CSUS enrollment reached an all-time high of 28,558 in the fall, up from 26,923 the previous year. The CSU system, meanwhile, grew to 406,896 students, up from 388,605. That's a 5 percent increase for the CSU, which is the largest system of its kind in the nation.

Among all the campuses in the system, CSUS had the third largest increase, following San Jose State University and CSU Fullerton.

CSU Long Beach is now the largest campus in the system, surpassing San Diego State University for the first time in 20 years. Long Beach has 34,566 students and San Diego has 34,304 students.

CSUS is the sixth largest campus in the system, behind CSU Long Beach, San Diego State, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge and San Jose State. San Francisco State is the seventh largest campus, with just 209 fewer students than CSUS.

By comparison, the smallest campuses in the system are CSU Maritime Academy (723 students), CSU Monterey Bay (3,551 students) and CSU Channel Islands (2,139 students).

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