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SFSU to close fall application period on July 31



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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2002 -- Officials at San Francisco State University announced today that admissions applications for fall 2002 will close on July 31 for freshmen and transfer students. The University stopped accepting applications for graduate students on May 15.

"Fall applications to date have already significantly exceeded our applications for last year at this time. We must stop accepting applications to manage anticipated growth and avoid admitting more students than we can serve effectively," said Jo Volkert, assistant vice president for enrollment planning and management. "We want to ensure that the students enrolled will be able to get the classes they need, and therefore we have to manage our enrollment."

In previous years, applications were accepted well into August to accommodate students who made a last-minute decision to apply to SFSU. Increasing demand dictates that earlier deadlines be imposed, according to Volkert. The University received more than 13,000 applications from prospective freshmen students for fall 2002. In comparison, SFSU received about 12,000 applications from prospective freshmen for fall 2001, and 11,000 for fall 2000. The University hopes to enroll 2,200 new freshmen this year.

In addition, SFSU has received more than 7,500 applications from students wanting to transfer from community colleges or other institutions for fall 2002. In fall 2001 the University enrolled 2,556 newly admitted transfer students. University officials anticipate an enrollment of more than 27,000 students in fall 2002.

The increase in applications is due to several factors. SFSU has undertaken new recruitment efforts to attract students, particularly using Internet technology to inform prospective students about its programs and services.

"San Francisco State is known for its outstanding programs in many traditional fields, including the arts and the sciences, as well as in professional fields like broadcasting, journalism and business," Volkert said. "Combined with our affordable tuition and emphasis on internships, students and their parents are finding that San Francisco State is a great value."

The downturn in the dot-com industries has also brought more students back to the University.

"People are beginning to realize that a college diploma or even a master's degree provides the best insurance against future economic fluctuations," Volkert said.

Students and families who have questions about applying to SFSU before the deadline should check the University Web site for the most complete information and direct access to the online admissions application. Students and families may also call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (415) 338-1113 or the Office of Graduate Admissions at (415) 338-2234.

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