SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State University system said it has its largest student body this fall as a result of an increase in enrollment.
There are currently more than 485,000 total students enrolled at all 23 campuses, including Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The previous highest enrollment was more than 484,000 students in the fall of 2017, and last fall there were almost 482,000 students.
"The record enrollment of 485,549 students reflects the confidence that state residents have in California State University," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “I commend the creativity and hard work of our faculty and staff who implemented innovative ways to continue our tradition of inclusive academic excellence, despite the current pandemic and the necessary transition to virtual instruction. Their efforts allowed us to welcome our new students and connect and engage with all students like never before. "
Part of the increase in student numbers has been attributed to the retention rate, which is found at an all-time high of 85.5% for freshmen. Last year, the system also awarded a record number of degrees, nearly 129,000 in total.
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, Undergraduate enrollment is down 4% nationwide and 1.4% in four-year public universities.