It turns out that California State University (CSU) turned away more qualified applicants than ever last year, even though the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education says they should be admitted. Last year, one out of every 10 students, or 31,000 people, that applied to a CSU school was not admitted because the school system was maxed out. Only six of the 23 CSU campuses have enough room to accommodate all qualified freshmen, while just seven can take all qualified transfer students. State Education Department records show that the number of high school graduates who qualify for CSU has more than doubled in the past 20 years, from 96,879 students to 194,689 students. CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp stated,
The last thing we want to do is admit students who we can’t provide with classes and services.
The state’s higher education master plan dictates CSU to admit the top one-third of all graduating high school seniors. CSU’s total allocation from the state is usually around $6 billion a year, but the California Faculty Association claims CSU needs an increase of $423 million for this year. CSU is asking for an increase of $283 million, which officials believe would let them admit another 4,300 students in the fall. Starting in the fall, CSU will make a strong effort to get more students to graduate in four to six years, in part by eliminating remedial classes for students who are poorly prepared in math or English, to try and make more room for new applicants. Hopefully, CSU is able to take the proper steps to increase their admission rate.