By Greg Avetisyan |Assistant Sports Editor|
CSU received 760,000 undergraduate student applications for the Fall 2014 quarter, marking the largest amount of applications ever received in CSU history.
The impact has been felt at CSUSB, as the amount of transfer applications is on the rise. The school received 7,383 applications from possible transfer students for the Fall 2014 quarter.
Over 436,000 students attend school at one of the 23 CSU campuses each year.
Hundreds of thousands of applications are mailed into the campuses each quarter. However, the numbers have drastically increased recently.
The high amount of applications is up 10.5 percent from 6,682 applications submitted in Fall 2013 and 4,869 in Fall 2012, according to news.csusb.edu.
CSUSB has the highest two-year increase in transfer student applications in the CSU system during that time.
“It’s great that more students are going to attend our Cal States, education is always a good thing. More students are beginning to appreciate the classes they get in a positive way,” said student Daniel Lopez.
The CSU’s have a $7.2 billion budget which will continue to increase as more students attend one of the 23 campuses. A higher amount of students equals more tuition paid, which results in more revenue for the school system.
As this may sound like a great development for students across the state, it also poses many potential problems, as it may become even more difficult to register for classes throughout the year.
“Although it is great more students are thinking about their future, it makes the graduating process of the already enrolled students that much longer,” said student Alyssa Gradias.
It’s easier to get classes with senior priority registration. However, as for the freshmen and sophomores its slightly harder to get General Education classes.
“I feel like it’s harder for the incoming students as well as the students already here at CSUSB. Overall it’s just really stressful and difficult,” said Alazzia Gaoay.
With classes already being packed and next to impossible to get into specific courses, the schools will need to adjust to the potential increase in students.
“To help meet the demand, CSU campuses have instituted a number of innovations, including the CourseMatch program that makes key courses available to any student and frees up seats for additional students,” said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer.
CourseMatch allows students to enroll in online courses at other CSU campuses and use the credits earned towards their current degree at their present school.
More than 40 online courses will be available for students across the 23 campuses through CourseMatch.
This is just one way schools are dealing with the increase as time will only tell how drastic changes will get in the future.