California State University campuses will begin accepting applications for the spring term on Sunday, though whether they enroll any students in the spring depends on the final state budget lawmakers approve.
"Despite the uncertainty regarding state support for the 2010-2011 academic year, we will move forward with the application process for spring 2011," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said in a statement today. "The passing of the budget in a timely manner and the restoration of funding proposed by the governor will allow us to serve those students and provide immediate access for students already in the admissions pipeline."
Across the state, CSU typically enrolls 35,000 new students each spring. But due to last year's budget cuts of $625 million, the campuses cut back enrollment, in part by not accepting any new students for the spring of 2010.
This year's budget proposals are much more favorable to the public universities. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed increasing funding to CSU by more than $365 million. If the Legislature approves that piece of his budget proposal, CSU officials say they'll be able to open spring admission and welcome an additional 29,000 students.
Students can apply for the spring 2011 term between Sunday and Aug. 31. For information on applying, go to http://www.csumentor.edu/
PHOTO CREDIT: Incoming freshmen tour the campus during a freshman orientation at UC Davis in Davis on Aug. 5, 2009. Randall Benton/ Sacramento Bee file photo