A total of 66,399 prospective California State University students submitted their applications through the system's application website, csumentor.edu , between Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 and Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Applications submitted last year, during the same first week period, totaled 35,020.
The largest increase in applications came from community college students applying for upper-division transfer to a CSU. More than 33,000 prospective students applied for upper-division transfer for fall 2010, a three-fold increase from last year. Applications for prospective first-time freshmen increased by nearly 50 percent.
All 23 campuses will remain open for applications from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. After that period, at least 12 campuses will stop accepting applications from prospective first-time freshmen and, in some cases, from community college transfers. The CSU encourages students to submit their applications early to avoid missing the closing date of campuses or programs.