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CSULB Among Top Campuses in Applications, International Enrollment

Scenic view of Library plazaA recent U.S.News & World Report article recognized Cal State Long Beach as among the nation’s top 10 colleges receiving the most applications from first-time freshmen.

Using fall 2011 admissions data, CSULB ranked No. 5 with 49,767 first-time freshmen applications. Additionally, the Long Beach campus was the only regional university in the top 10. The other nine were all national universities, including No. 1 UCLA (61,564 applications), No. 2 UC San Diego (53,448), No. 3 St. John’s University (52,972), and No. 4 UC Berkeley (52,966).

“Ranking fifth in the nation in freshmen applications clearly demonstrates that students and their parents place great value in a Cal State Long Beach education,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander, who noted the campus would probably rank even higher if fall 2013 first-time freshmen applications (56,213) were used.

In fact, for fall 2013, CSULB received 82,026 total undergraduate applications and 2,798 graduate and credential applications—both the highest among all 23 CSU campuses.

“The large number of applications we receive from first-time freshmen each year is a direct result of the campus’ outreach efforts, its outstanding academic offerings and the student services we provide,” Alexander added.
Moreover, a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article cited CSULB as No. 2 nationally among master’s degree institutions that enroll students from other countries, based on the latest “Open Doors” report from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

CSULB enrolled 2,563 international students during the 2011-12 academic year, the most recent year for which data is available. The highest number of international students came from Saudi Arabia with more than 325 enrolled, followed by India with about 235, China with about 200, followed by Korea and Japan with about 180 and 175, respectively.

Nathan Jensen of CSULB’s Center for International Education said the university’s popularity results from the quality of the university’s academic programs, a welcoming campus environment and its Southern California location.