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CSULB Freshman Applications Increase by Nearly 10 Percent

Published: December 15, 2011

Already having one of the largest first-time freshman applicant pools in the nation, CSULB added to those numbers recently as the fall 2012 application period came to a close on Nov. 30.

CSULB had a nearly 10 percent increase in the number of first-time freshmen (FTF) hoping to be admitted to the campus next fall as the university received 54,086 applications from soon-to-be graduating high school seniors, an increase of 4,848 over last fall’s application numbers, or 9.85 percent.

“At a time when many people are questioning the value of a college degree, these numbers validate the value of a Cal State Long Beach education,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We have one the nation’s largest applicant pools, and parents and students understand the value of the education that we offer.

“Unfortunately,” the president added, “we have a state legislature that will only allow a small fraction of these students to attend our campus because they would rather incarcerate than educate California’s citizens.”

When the priority application period for undergraduate students interested in attending any CSU campus next fall ended, again, CSULB received more applications from potential undergraduate students than any of the other 22 CSU campuses in the system.

In all, CSULB received 75,132 applications from both first-time freshman and transfer students interested in attending the Long Beach campus in 2012. Compared to last year’s total of 69,317 applications, this year’s figures represent an 8 percent increase over the previous year, or an increase of 5,815.

In an October article published by U.S.News & World Report, CSULB was recognized as one of the top 10 colleges in the nation receiving the most applications from first-time freshmen out of 1,311 schools that reported application data in the publication’s annual survey, based on numbers from two years ago.

Using data from fall 2010 admissions, CSULB ranked No. 6 in the nation with 47,673 first-time freshman applications. Equally as important, the Long Beach campus was the only regional university in that top 10. The other nine were all national universities, including No. 1 UCLA (57,670 applications), No. 2 St. John’s University (54,871) and No. 3 UC Berkeley (50,393).

Since those fall 2010 figures, however, the first-time freshman applicant pool has grown by more than 6,400 over the last two application periods.

–Rick Gloady