7,000 Students Might Need a Plan B

Cal State University San Marcos may have to turn away as many as 7,000 students this fall, due to the record number of applicants. This record number of hopeful students comes at a time when the campus has been ordered to put a cap on enrollment, according to our media partner the North County Times.

About 16,000 applications came in, roughly 16 percent higher than in 2008, said CSUSM's associate vice president of management services Darren Bush.

Bush said that transfer students account for the sharp increase. The university received about 6,300 applications, up 58 percent from 2008.

As for the mandate to cap enrollment, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed ordered all of the state university campuses to restrict enrollment to a zero-growth policy in an effort to remain afloat during the state budget's woes.

"It's nor a situation that we want to be in, but we are in it," said CSUSM Provost Emily Cutrer.

Bush and Cutrer said it was too early to tell how many students will actually be turned away.

Read the full article on our media partner's website, North County Times.

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