INSIDE Chico State
0 September 23, 1999
Volume 30 Number 3
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Chico Now Among Most Selective CSU Campuses

California State University, Chico's growing popularity with prospective students has made it necessary to add additional admissions requirements for new freshmen -- the first time in its history.

Starting with the fall 2000 class, CSU, Chico will require all first-time freshman applicants to submit an SAT-1 or ACT test score regardless of their grade point average. The university will rank the applicants based on their grades and test scores and admit students based on their relative ranking. The grade point average will be calculated using grades from the sophomore and junior years.

CSU, Chico will be only one of three CSU system campuses with additional admissions criteria for the entire freshman applicant category, a special circumstance known in the CSU System as impaction. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and San Diego State are the other CSU campuses that are impacted for freshman admissions.

The increase in admissions selectivity is the result of a steady increase in applications in the past few years. Our campus received 8,200 undergraduate applications during November 1998 for this year's fall class, a 37 percent increase over that same period last year.

When the university projected receiving more qualified applicants than it could enroll during November, the minimum required filing period for fall admissions, it petitioned to the CSU for the added selection criteria.

While a well-documented rise in the state's population of college-bound students has increased applications at many universities, Chico is the only CSU campus to become newly impacted.

"Chico is increasingly becoming the first-choice school for many prospective students," said Robert Hannigan, vice provost for Enrollment Management. "Students are attracted to our fine programs, the campus and the community, opportunities to relate to faculty on a one-to-one basis, and opportunities for employment."

Hannigan said CSU, Chico is doing everything it can to accommodate interested students. This fall's freshman class, approximately 2,075, is one of the biggest in school history. Total enrollment this fall is approximately 15,350. Hannigan said he expects next year's enrollment to be about 16,000, roughly the maximum number of students the university would like to enroll.

"Access is very important to our mission to serve students," Hannigan said. "Consistent with our state mandate for providing access, our admissions staff and faculty are continually seeking ways to serve as many students as possible who want higher education."  -- JW


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