California State University released preliminary data on Thursday showing a sixth straight year of record application numbers: 290,473 high school seniors and transfer students sent 790,900 applications to the system’s 23 campuses, almost 4 percent more than last fall.
Latino students once again made up the largest group of applicants. But while their numbers continue to gain – up to 40.1 percent of first-time freshmen and 33.9 percent of transfer applicants this fall – they remain underrepresented compared to the state’s student population. According to the most recent data from the Department of Education, almost half of all California high school graduates are Latino. CSU has launched several programs to reach out to and increase college readiness in historically underserved communities.
Here’s a demographic comparison of California’s 2013 high school graduates and CSU’s fall 2014 applicants:
Long Beach and San Diego are by far the system’s most popular campuses, receiving more than 80,000 applications each this fall. CSU’s biggest schools, Fullerton and Northridge, followed at third and fifth, respectively, while San Luis Obispo, just half their size, was fourth. Applications to Sacramento State were up 5.5 percent from last year, to 34,271, putting it in the middle of the pack.
Here’s a breakdown of this year’s applications by campus:
Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff. Jim Miller of The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.