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University unveils Web redesign

February 8, 2008 -- SF State today rolled out a new Web design template that will provide a visually appealing and unifying design for the University's colleges and departments.

University moves up application deadlines

January 25, 2008 -- Students planning to transfer to SF State from community colleges or other institutions need to apply for admission by March 3. The University has moved up the application deadline for upper division transfer students to March 3, three weeks from the original date of March 28.

Students registering for enrollment.

The new application deadline for transfer students is March 3rd.

The shorter application period is part of an effort across the California State University (CSU) system to manage enrollment in response to a projected $312.9 million cut to the CSU budget proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The cut, if passed, will eliminate funding needed to support 10,000 students in the CSU system in 2008-09.

The new deadline will affect students transferring from community colleges or other institutions who have completed 60 or more transferable units. The University has been accepting applications from upper division transfer students since Oct. 1, 2007.

"We worked closely with community colleges when establishing this new deadline," explained Jo Volkert, associate vice president of enrollment management. "We didn't want college counselors or their students to be thrown off by a drastic change."

SF State plans to manage enrollment to remain close to its 2007-08 levels, Volkert said. In addition to moving up the deadline for transfer students, the University closed the application period for second baccalaureate students Jan. 17, two months ahead of schedule at the request of the CSU Chancellor's office. Second baccalaureates represent a small percentage of the 2007-08 student population at the University, about 319 students, according to Volkert.

First-time freshmen are the fastest-growing segment of students at SF State, increasing almost 60 percent during the past five years. SF State's freshman application period closed Jan. 15, as planned. Many CSU universities closed the application period for first-time freshmen Feb. 1. Graduate students will continue to have until May 1 to apply for admission, although some graduate programs have earlier deadlines.

For details on undergraduate admissions, majors and degree programs, costs, financial aid and student life at SF State, visit the Prospective Students Web Site, call (415) 338-2355 or send an e-mail to outreach@sfsu.edu. For details about on-campus housing, call (415) 338-1067 or visit the Housing Web Site. For graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Studies Web Site or call (415) 338-2234.

-- Barbara Hanscome

-- Michael Bruntz


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