Cal State Northridge officials have announced that the university will not be accepting applications from new students for the spring 2010 semester due to the state budget crisis.
The announcement was made following a directive from the California State University Chancellor’s Office earlier today.
“We are very aware of the demand from students to attend Cal State Northridge,” said Northridge Vice President for Student Affairs Terry Piper. “The state’s budget crisis is affecting everyone in every corner of the state. It pains us to make decisions like this because they affect some of California’s most precious resources—its young people.”
The CSU has typically admitted more than 35,000 freshmen, undergraduate transfer and graduate students during the spring term. Northridge accounts for about 2,500 of those students.
Despite budget cuts, the CSU enrollment for the past several years has exceeded the state funding received for each student. CSU officials said the decision to close admissions for the 2010 spring semester was needed to bring enrollment in line with available resources. Overall, the CSU is looking to reduce its enrollment by 40,000 students systemwide for 2010-2011 through a combination of enrollment tools. The decision to close spring admissions is part of the overall effort to reduce enrollment.
The California State University system is facing a projected $584 million budget deficit for the 2009-10 academic year. CSU officials are currently considering a range of options to deal with the crisis, including employee furloughs, enrollment reductions and potential student fee increases.