The demand for California State University, Stanislaus is growing and now the campus has the numbers to prove it.
This year, applications for admission to the university from prospective freshmen witnessed the largest percentage increase out of the CSU system—a significant 13.4 percent. For the upcoming fall semester, CSU Stanislaus has received a total 6,793 total applications, approximately 825 more than last year.
“This increase means that we are becoming a part of the conversation with more students,” said Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Tim Lynch. “The programs and majors we offer here are being seriously considered by students.”
As if that was not impressive enough, the campus also holds the largest two-year increase out of the entire CSU system, at 22.8 percent.
According to Lynch, this increase can be attributed to a number of factors. One of which is the campus’ ongoing commitment to building stronger and deeper networks within its six-county region, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Mariposa counties.
“Many of these students are first generation students in underserved communities,” said Lynch. “By having our outreach staff out there partnering with community organizations and high schools, we are giving them the knowledge they need to prepare for college and even helping them realize they can go to college.”
Additionally, prospective first-time freshmen are not the only ones displaying an interest in the university. Applications from students who are hoping to transfer to the university also experienced an increase of 5.7 percent, the sixth-highest increase in the entire CSU system.
“We here like to think that CSU Stanislaus is one of the best kept secrets in the CSU system,” said Lynch. “When students from outside the area come to see the campus, and they see the programs we offer and the beauty of the campus, they are more intrigued.”
According to Lynch, the campus expects to admit an estimated 5,000 students for fall 2015. However, the actual enrollment number will not be determined until closer to the beginning of the academic year.
“Students need to do their homework to see what any university has to offer them,” concluded Lynch. “but when they do their homework on CSU Stanislaus and their interests match what we have to offer, we can be a strong fit.”