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Campus Tops 90K In Applications

Published: December 19, 2016

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Applications by new students for enrollment at CSULB for the upcoming Fall 2017 term again reached an all-time high as the university received a combined 91,268 applications from first-time freshmen (61,716) and transfers (29,552). The application totals were the most received by any California State University (CSU) campus.

“CSULB has made remarkable strides in graduating students with degrees that transformed their lives, and record numbers of prospective students are hoping to follow that pathway,” said President Jane Close Conoley. “Investing in our state’s systems of public higher education is an investment in the future of California. With additional state support, we would gladly accept more students.”

Efforts to increase graduation rates have resulted in CSULB conferring more than 10,000 degrees in each of the last two years. While efforts to improve graduation rates have resulted in more opportunities for new students to attend CSULB, the university’s ability to meet the demands of the tens of thousands of qualified applicants seeking a high-quality education is constrained by limited state support.

Among efforts to improve access and the college-going rates of students in the region is a partnership in the Long Beach College Promise. Applications submitted by students seeking to transfer from partner institution Long Beach City College have increased by 16 percent over the past three years.

With nationally recognized, award-winning faculty and innovative programs, CSULB continues to garner accolades that build its reputation among prospective students, earning a place among the most popular universities for both incoming freshmen and transfers. The university has earned national rankings from various outlets including U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly and was recently selected among the “Best College Values” by Kiplinger.

More people study art and design at CSULB than at any other public university in the nation. The music program boasts the Choir of the World after the Bob Cole Conservatory Choir earned the Pavarotti Trophy by winning the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. On the fields and courts, CSULB’s student athletes who comprise 19 intercollegiate teams, captured five consecutive Big West Commissioner’s Cups from 2010-11 to 2014-15.