Sept 10, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield begins a new era next week when it starts its 35th year with a new president and near-record enrollment. First day of classes for the 2004-05 academic year is Tuesday (Sept. 14).

CSUB’s fourth president, Horace Mitchell, and university officials will welcome about 7,900 students this fall, nearly the same as last year’s record enrollment. CSUB had anticipated a decreased enrollment this fall due to the state budget crisis of the past two years, but the Aug. 2 agreement between the Legislature and the governor to provide funding for enrollment increases changed that, and CSUB is able to accommodate more students this fall.

"We're a designated growth campus within the CSU, and of course are pleased that we’re able to maintain our enrollment this year," said Terry Dunn, CSUB's director of institutional research. "We anticipate that next year we’ll see record enrollments return to CSUB as the demand for higher education continues to grow in the southern San Joaquin Valley.”

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 many of those applicants," he said. 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 in person at the Admissions Office. 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 in person, students should come to the Admission’s Office and speak to someone at the front counter. Computers are also available for students to access on-line registration.

Parking permits are available for $36 per quarter. To help alleviate lines at the cashier's window where the permits are sold, parking permits are also available in the Runner Bookstore.