California State University, Fullerton’s newly appointed president, Mildred García, might deliver her first convocation speech after welcoming the university’s largest group of incoming students this fall.
The university expects an enrollment of more than 37,500 this fall, but the exact number will not be known until the campus takes a census in late September. However, the university expects the incoming class of 2016 to eclipse 2007’s Fall enrollment record of 37,130.
By accepting more incoming students this semester, the university aims to reduce the large pool of community college students seeking to transfer to a four-year university. However, despite the larger-than-usual fall enrollment, CSUF turned away around 6,000 eligible students.
“In keeping with our mission, we are providing access for as many qualified students as allowed this fall. While maintaining quality in our programs, we are working to provide sufficient seats in courses to ensure that all students have the opportunity to progress toward their degree objectives,” said Steve Murray, CSUF’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Not only does the number of incoming Fullerton students continue to rise, the incoming students’ grade point averages have been improving as well. New students are also demonstrating a marked interest in science majors, an area of developing interest in education.
The school has also introduced two new degree programs in response to developing workforce needs in the surrounding region. An online master’s degree in environmental engineering and a doctorate of nursing practice have been added this fall.
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