SEPT. 17, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield begins its 33rd year next week with the campus expecting the third year in a row of record enrollments. And when students return Monday (Sept. 23), they'll find a new entrance to campus and a new parking lot.

University officials expect more than 7,500 students to enroll this fall, which would top last year's record of just more than 7,000. The surge in students would mark the second time in CSUB's history that enrollment has topped 7,000, the third year in a row that enrollment has set a record and the fourth record enrollment in the last five years.

"We're very pleased with this trend," said Terry Dunn, CSUB's director of institutional research. "Clearly at CSUB we're seeing the results of tidal-wave-two, the children of baby boomers reaching college age, and that trend is reflected at the other CSU campuses as well."

The CSU has more than 400,000 students enrolled this year at its 23 campuses, 20,000 more than last year.

Registrar Homer Montalvo said that registration is still open and will remain open through the first week of classes. "We're processing a large number of applications and expect to admit most of those applicants," he said. "This is going to be another record year." He said anyone wishing to apply for fall classes should call the Admissions Office at (661) 664-3036. Financial aid is also available, he said.

Continuing students who have not yet registered may do so either on-line or over the telephone. To register on-line, simply log on to the CSUB homepage, www.csub,edu, click on "Students," find "Student Information Online" on the left side of the page, log in and follow the directions. To register by phone, call (661) 665-CSUB (2782).

Students will notice some changes when they arrive on campus Monday. The Kroll Way extension onto campus was completed in June and is open to traffic. It links to Don Hart Drive East. Both of those streets will provide access to the new parking lot, lot K, with about 450 new parking spaces.

Parking permits are available for $36 per quarter. To help alleviate lines at the cashier's window where the permits are sold, a satellite cashier's window will also be open to sell parking permits during the first week of school (Sept. 23-27) in the student union.