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Biggest enrollment ever expected 

Students who want to attend California State University, Monterey Bay in fall 2014 have some tough competition.

Several thousand people visited campus for the 2013 Open HouseFor the fifth straight year, CSUMB received a record number of freshmen applications.
Freshmen hoping to enroll in fall 2014 submitted more than 14,800 applications, 6.4 percent more than last year.

“We will accept about 45 percent of those students,” said Dr. Ronnie Higgs, vice president of student affairs and enrollment services.

“CSUMB has become a first-choice university for many of these applicants. The demand is growing,” Dr. Higgs said.

Among transfer students, CSUMB received more than 3,700 applications, an increase of 34 percent over the last two years. About 60 percent of those students will be accepted.

“We expect to have another record enrollment for fall 2014, the fifth straight year that the previous enrollment record will be broken,” Dr. Higgs said.

While he was pleased with the number of applicants, his enthusiasm was tempered by the prospect of the university having to turn away so many.

“Limiting the number of students accepted for admissions has a lot to do with maintaining the academic quality, class space limitations, housing and other factors,” Dr. Higgs said. “As we continue our enrollment growth, these areas will continue to receive the utmost attention.”

Photo: Several thousand people took the opportunity to learn about CSUMB at the annual Open House in October 2013