Applications to Sacramento State for the Fall 2012 semester are on course for an increase of more than 1,600 from last year.
While final figures are still being processed, preliminary numbers indicate that first-time freshman and transfer applications will total 30,235 for the Fall 2012 semester, up from 28,556 applications received for the current semester.
That follows a trend throughout the California State University system. The CSU has received a total of 679,828 applications for Fall 2012, compared with 611,225 last year at this time.
Even with a poor economy and higher tuition fees necessitated by state budget cuts, more students than ever are applying to college.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” says Ed Mills, Sacramento State’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “Families realize that investing in higher education is the best way out of a fiscal crisis. Whether it’s the state, a city or an individual family, the one thing that’s always been true is that more education and more educated people equal a better economy.”
Sacramento State is experiencing a higher application rate than some other CSU campuses, Mills says, because of the work done at the University in the last few years through programs such as Destination 2010. “This is very popular campus for people to apply to, and more and more students from outside our local area are becoming familiar with us,” he says.
Acceptance letters are scheduled to go out by March 1. Meanwhile, University officials will continue to keep an eye on the state budget to determine just how many of the applicants they’ll be able to accept.
“The University administration is working on enrollment scenarios to determine how many students we can bring in to maintain our current level of enrollment,” Mills says. “Ultimately, enrollment decisions will continue to be based on the level of funding provided by the state.”
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– Craig Koscho