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August 25, 2000

CSUS Sees Second
Big Enrollment Jump in Two Years

Fall semester at California State University, Sacramento begins Monday with an estimated 1,000 more students than last year, including a wave of new freshmen. The University will also welcome its first doctorate student.

University officials expect enrollment to reach about 25,550 this year. First-time freshmen enrollment is expected to be about 2,175, more than 18 percent larger than last year's record-size class.

The number of students transferring to CSUS is also expected to increase, particularly junior-level transfers from community colleges. In addition, new graduate student enrollment is expected to be up more than 5 percent and international student enrollment more than 19 percent.

Final numbers will be compiled by October.

Meanwhile, in a class by himself, David Byrd has enrolled as the first CSUS doctorate student in the new doctorate program in public history. The joint degree with UC Santa Barbara is one of only ten such degrees in the country. It was established last year, and builds upon the strong public history programs at both universities.

Enrollment at CSUS is expected to continue growing quickly in coming years, reaching as many as 32,000 students by 2010.

Historically, enrollment peaked at 26,339 in 1990, but was generally between 22,000 and 24,000 for most of the last decade. Like this year, last year's enrollment of 24,530 was an increase of about 1,000 students.

CSUS anticipated the big enrollment jumps of the last couple years. And in an effort to maintain its historic commitment of access for California students, is planning for strong enrollment growth to continue for many years to come.

To help meet demand, a new five-story classroom building - Mariposa Hall - is opening this semester. The University Union was expanded with 100,000 square-feet just two years ago, and a series of projects are planned for the next three years - including a 100,000 square-foot tech-oriented addition to the University Library, student apartments, a Regional and Continuing Education building, a CSUS Foundation research and public service complex, a Lake Natomas Aquatic Center instructional facility and a parking structure. A number of site options are being considered for a planned 1,300-seat performing arts venue.

In addition, the University is increasing its distance education and off-campus offerings. This semester, 85 distance education courses are being offered, with 44 of them online.


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