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July 10, 2001

Summer Session Proves Popular

Nearly 4,500 students have signed up for state-supported classes in the fledgling summer session at California State University, Sacramento - four times as many who enrolled in last year's first official summer offering.

Higher than expected interest led the University to add seven sections of popular classes. The interest has also increased hope that students will embrace a full, state-supported academic program offered year-round.

State-supported summer session offers students inexpensive fees, greater flexibility and an opportunity to finish their educations sooner.

CSUS has had summer classes in the past, but they were not state supported, meaning students paid the full cost. The fee for a typical unsupported class today is about $435. Students in the University's state-supported summer session this year pay $445 part-time (typically two classes) and $745 full-time (typically three or more classes).

CSUS offered its first state-supported summer session in 1998 as a pilot program aimed at helping students complete their teaching credentials faster. About 200 students signed up, and 250 took classes in summer 1999.

Last summer, the program became an official summer session and was expanded to include popular general education classes and remedial classes. Enrollment was 1,140.

The large growth this year was possible because of an additional $19.9 million the Legislature provided the CSU system to support summer classes at fees comparable to fall and spring semesters.

Such growth, and an expansion of alternative schedules such as evening and weekend programs, is vital as CSUS works to maintain broad access as a large new generation reaches college age. In just two years, the University's enrollment is up by more than 2,000 to 25,714. Fall 2001 enrollment is expected to exceed 27,000.

More information about summer session is available at (916) 278-8088 or registrar@csus.edu. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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