Record Number of Students Apply to Humboldt State - Humboldt State Now

Record Number of Students Apply to Humboldt State

Humboldt State University received a record number of applications for the fall 2016 semester.

The number of first-time freshmen who applied to HSU climbed to 12,742, marking a 2.8 percent increase over last year’s tally of 12,390.

Of those applicants, 43 percent were Latino/a students. Additionally, 3,619 transfer students applied to HSU, up from 3,220 last year.

“Humboldt State University continues to be an attractive institution for California residents seeking post-secondary degrees,” says Associate Director of Admissions Steven Ladwig. “We’re pleased that so many prospective students understand the value of an HSU degree, and we’re excited to be an important part of educating the state’s future leaders.”

System-wide, the CSU received a record setting number of applications for the eighth year in a row. More than 830,000 students applied to the 23-campus system, marking a 4.8 percent increase over last year’s total.

While demand for a CSU education is at an all-time high, capacity issues persist due to state funding limitations. For the 2016-17 academic year, the governor’s proposal allocates an additional $139.4 million investment to the CSU, which will fund a 1 percent net student enrollment growth. In order for the university to continue to address the anticipated shortage of bachelor’s degrees in California by 2030, a 3 percent net student enrollment growth is needed, requiring an additional $102.3 million in state funding. Fully funding CSU’s proposed Support Budget Request would allow the university to enroll approximately 12,600 additional students.

The CSU remains a state leader in producing job-ready graduates, and an investment in the CSU is an investment in California’s economic and social future. As Chancellor Timothy P. White said, “The CSU does much of the heavy lifting required to build an educated workforce in California and it’s something that we’re incredibly honored to be a part of.”

The priority deadline for first-time freshman and transfer California students applying to HSU has passed. The campus does, however, continue to accept applications from out-of-state and students who are veterans, as well as upper-division transfer students from College of the Redwoods.

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