Healthy Spring Enrollment Reaches Fall Level

California State University, Chico expects spring 1998 enrollment to be equal to or above fall 1997 enrollment, which is welcome but unusual news. Colleges and universities typically lose more students than they gain at mid-academic year.

Robert Hannigan, vice provost for Enrollment Management, said the current number of students who have paid fees for spring 1998 classes, which began Monday, January 26, is more than 13,800. He said that number will increase in the coming days, and the final census of spring campus enrollment will be completed in about four weeks. Hannigan said fall 1997 enrollment was 14,248.

"Usually there is a drop-off of enrollment from fall to spring due to graduations and withdrawals," said Hannigan. "It would be very special for us to equal our fall enrollment."

Hannigan attributes the healthy spring enrollment to a number of factors, including effective student recruiting, good student advising, and increased university efforts in tutoring and assisting students.

The University closed its undergraduate application period for spring 1998 on December 31, the first time CSU, Chico has cut off applications by reaching its full enrollment target since 1990. Only a small number of qualified local students with unique hardships were permitted to apply after that date, Hannigan said.

He stressed that fall 1998 enrollment is still open at freshman, transfer, and graduate levels, but he does encourage early applications.

Hannigan said CSU, Chico's future enrollment picture looks strong. He said applications for fall 1998 are up 10 percent over last fall.

"The admissions staff is doing a great job informing prospective students about opportunities at Chico State," Hannigan said.

Fall 1997 enrollment was up 2 percent from fall 1996, and 3 percent from fall 1995. CSU, Chico experienced a downturn in enrollment in the early 1990safter reaching an all-time high enrollment of 16,641 students in fall 1990.


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