Press Release

October 1 Marks Initiation of Freshmen Application Period at California State University





(September 29, 2008)--The priority application period for students intending to enter to a California State University campus as first-time freshmen in Fall 2009 starts Wednesday, October 1.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as October 1 and no later than November 30, 2008, in order to be admitted to their preferred campus.

Challenges brought on by California\'s current budget shortfall, are forcing the university to reduce increases in student enrollment, and, as a result, an early application will help students to have a better chance of entering the CSU campus of their choice.

At least six of the university\'s 23 campuses will close freshmen admissions on November 30, 2008 including Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma.  Additional campuses may also close admissions categories for certain majors or programs beginning on November 30, 2008.

These application closing dates may not apply to students transferring to the CSU from community colleges, persons seeking teacher credentials or graduate program candidates. Application dates for students in these categories vary by campus and program. 

Students intending to go to the CSU as first-time freshmen next fall should visit the website  to get information and complete the online application.


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.