California State University will admit up to 30,000 new students this spring, the university announced this morning, reversing last year's policy of halting mid-year enrollments.
Due to budget cuts last year, most of the 23 campuses in the CSU system did not admit new students for the spring term of 2010. That led to a record number of applications for the fall.
University officials said in July that they were waiting until the state passed a 2010-11 budget before deciding whether campuses would accept new students for the spring of 2011.
"Despite the uncertainty surrounding the budget, we need to provide service as best as we can," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said in a statement. "We remain optimistic that the legislature is committed to higher education and that the final budget will restore the necessary funding to the CSU. The restoration of funding is vital to allow us to serve these students."
Earlier this month, CSU announced that $106 million from a new round of federal stimulus funds would allow it to open spring admissions to 10,000 students.
Under the budget proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CSU would get $366 million more than last year to restore cuts and expand enrollment.