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Deadline today for applications to many Cal State colleges

Schools becoming increasingly selective under mandate to shrink student body by 40,000 students

With today the deadline for applying for admission to many of California's state colleges, admissions are becoming increasingly selective in the face of a record number of applications so far this fall and a system-wide mandate to shrink the student body by 40,000.

The state has cut CSU's budget by $564 million this fiscal year, making it impossible for the school to educate the same number of students, Chancellor Charles Reed said in a telephone news conference.

The school cut about 4,000 students from its enrollment this fall, and plans a reduction of 6,000 more students in the spring 2010 semester, in part by closing enrollment to transfer students. CSU must reduce its enrollment by 40,000 in order to operate within the reduced budget, he said.

However, the school's shrinking pool of resources has not dampened Californians' desire to attend. The system began accepting applications for the coming school year on Oct. 1 and has since received more than 266,000 applications, he said. Preliminary numbers show a 53 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

This includes 145,000 applications for first-time freshmen, up 32 percent, and 88,000 from potential community college transfer students, a 127 percent jump.

"It's the largest increase in applications we have ever received," Reed said.

The system will accept applications through tomorrow, Nov. 30, Reed said. About eight of CSU's campuses may continue receiving applications another four to six weeks, he said.

Balancing this increased demand with shrinking class size means campuses are imposing additional requirements and restrictions on students' admission, Reed said.

CSU campuses will give first priority to students in the school's service area, Reed said. Students who submit applications on time and meet admissions criteria should be admitted to their area campus.

University staff has been communicating with high schools and community colleges, and using social media services like Twitter, to urge potential students to submit their applications on time and well ahead of the deadline.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2009 at 8:56 am


This is a truly sad situation. Accompanying the increased selectivity, students will be paying higher fees for reduced services which is a huge slap in the face to them. The universities are only fooling themselves if they think that they can provide the same quality of education with this reduced budget. I can say from experience that even with reduced enrollment, students won't necessarily have more time with professors and teaching assistants. In fact, they will most likely have less time, as class offerings will be reduced which will lead to over-enrollment in existing sections. This will be compounded even further by the furlough program in existence at many of these schools.


My advice to students is to get in study groups, meet with the professors early and often during office hours. If you wait around for the government/schools to meet your needs, you might be left behind...individuals working together will be the best m.o. for the near term


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:55 am

I don't think that it's a "truly sad situation". Thousands upon thousands of students will receive a good education. Those that don't get into a university will have different choices, they can join the military and serve their country. Others can sign up as volunteers and do community service. For those of you against immigrants working in the fields of CA, you can direct your kids to follow the crops and working for a minimum wage and no benefits. This will teach them to be frugal and stop the waste! I mean it!!!

There is no need to panic.






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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

My advice: look into out of state universities, that is what many do and will continue to do. There are many excellent universities in other states.


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Nov 30, 2009 at 8:57 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Are there no prisons?
Are there no workhouses?
Christmas? BAH!!! HUMBUG!!!

The Cal State and UC systems have been heavily subsidized for decades. The relatively large increases they're dealing with now still don't bring them near the cost of private colleges. Still, with private colleges students are much more likely to receive a higher proportion of financial aid and actually graduate on time.

Look at all your options. Cal State and UC are still relatively cheap.


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Posted by worried mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Which CSU campuses are in the "Pleasanton" service area besides CSU East Bay?


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Posted by Judy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm

What about veterans?


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Posted by Robin
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

White guys still don't have a chance..it's illegals and all minorities first. Ca schools don't deserve another penny of taxpayer's funds as long as they violate prop 209. Suppose to be equality for all, no 'special preferences'. Chollo go back home yourself...you've already milked your free ride.


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Nov 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Worried mom: Technically, all CSU campuses are in the "Pleasanton" service area.

Judy: Uh, what about veterans? Did you get cut off?

Robin: This is America. Everybody has a chance as long as they apply themselves and don't spend their time sitting on thier backsides complaining about a lack of opportunity and blaming everyone but themselves. Also, who is the "Chollo" you speak of and why do you want them to "go back home"? Did they take your milk?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Cal State Hayward, Cal State SF and Cal State SJ are not far from Pleasanton. There is also Cal State Chico & Cal State Sacramento that aren't too far away. Cal State Stanislaus is not far either.

little robin red breast is a jealous bug...

clap clap baby robin has fallen down and she can't fly clap clap


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 30, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Web Link=

hi robin...


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Posted by not an extremist
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

Robin, I agree 100 percent with you. My spouse, myself, and our children "worked" our way through the CSU system...no help, no "aide", no loans...just part time jobs and poverty.

White boys with a 3.2 GPA get no help. It was very frustrating as a student to see all of the "minorities" line up outside the student aide office for help. Help for me...out of reach. Waiting tables and taking 6 years to get a 4 year degree seems to be what works for this family.


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Posted by educated
a resident of Stoneridge
on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

Cholo, get the names of the colleges correct, please. It's SJSU...San Jose State University...not "Cal State SJ". It is Cal State East Bay, not "Cal State Hayward" and so on and so on.

If you are going to give advice, you should at least know what you are talking about. Seriously!!! Don't waste people's time.


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Cholo: the link says that's an owl, not a robin.

Here's a robin:

Web Link



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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

what did you just say educamated: Web Link

yup...that's the realer Robin...4 shore!

on a cold evening, I love warm milk with orgeat...ah, my feet up and thinking about Round Robin..l


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Dec 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

I still want to know who "Chollo" is.
Hmmmmmmmm, maybe if I google...
Got him!!!!

Web Link

Yeah, he looks like a milk thief!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 1, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Web Link i think that the milk is in cyberspace by now...milky is soooooooo cute!

signed,

party


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Posted by educated
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Dec 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Very good Cholo. You found a web link to the correct names of the Universities. You were able to prove my point even further. Now, try r e a d i n g it again. You may learn the correct names of our California State Universities.

You might try enrolling in one too. Especially before giving out advice on the matter.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I already have a graduate degree, BFA/MFA in Painting!

I'm so involved in roasting a Kosher chicken that I picked up at Trader Joe's...yum yum plenty!

educated = OVER! tee hee hee, tee hee hee...O - V - E - R 'n OUT!


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Posted by Chola Sista
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Oh my gosh, Is that you Chola sista, posing online as Cholo. I think just maybe your name begins with a C, your a female, and live near me in Pleasanton. Let me know if I know who you are....My chola sister.


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