August 29, 2006
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Back in a growth mode, California State University, Bakersfield continues to accept applications for the fall quarter, which begins Sept. 12.
With state fees remaining the same for the second consecutive year, CSUB enrollment officials are anticipating enrollment growth this fall. Already the freshman class entering CSUB is anticipated to be the largest ever.
"It looks good," said Terry Dunn, CSUB's director of institutional research. "Our projections show that we'll have about 100 more students than last year."
Dunn said first-time freshmen should top 800 for the first time in the university's history. He added that after two down years, transfers from community colleges, principally from Bakersfield College and at Antelope Valley, are up more than 120 over the previous year.
CSUB's enrollment had suffered the past two years as the result of the state budget crisis and the inevitable increase in student fees to help balance the CSU budget. This year, however, with a modest state surplus, the Legislature was able to increase funding to the CSU, which in turn held student fees steady.
"This is a great opportunity for those who have been thinking about either starting their college education or returning to campus to continue an education put on hold," said Steve Watkin, CSUB outreach director. "If someone has been on the fence, perhaps thinking it's too late to apply, I want to assure them that it's never too late to apply. We have counselors available to help them with their application, and get them registered for classes."
Watkin said there's a buzz around campus with the new construction and the university's move to NCAA Division I athletics. Construction has begun on a new $19 million math and computer science building, and ground is expected to be broken sometime in the spring on a new campus recreation center. "People are talking," he said. "We're getting inquiries. We're seeing an increased interest in the campus."
That increased interest is also reflected at the campus residence halls. This year, the dorms will have 292 students, 32 more than last year. "We're full," said housing director Bob Fallon. He said the housing office has a waiting list for those wishing to live in the dorms.
Dunn said the campus is becoming geographically more diverse. "Our Los Angeles County applicants are going up steadily, both in first-time freshmen and overall," he said. "We're now at 75 percent local enrollment, and 25 percent "other California counties, out-of-state and international." That's a 3 percent increase in out-of-area students over what it was three to four years ago.
"The word's getting out," Watkin said. "People know they can get an excellent education here in a setting that's more intimate. They've heard about what's going on here – the growth, the commitment to excellence – and they want to be a part of that."
For more information about enrolling or to make an appointment with an enrollment or outreach counselor, please call (661) 654-6789, or (800) 788-2782, extension 3277.