Student registration marks all-time high
HAYWARD – California State University at Hayward says the number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the current fall semester is at its highest level in history.
According to campus administrators, 13,240 students registered for classes this fall semester, a 4-percent increase from last year. The university also experienced a 10-percent jump in the number of graduate students seeking master’s degrees or teaching credentials, which is also a record.
Leone Rodriguez, assistant vice president for Institutional Research and Analysis, said a helpful tool for the admissions process has been the Internet, which more than half of the students used to register for classes. In addition, he said the school increased its recruitment efforts in surrounding communities.
“In addition to our student enrollment being the highest it has ever been, this is the first time since 1991 that the university’s overall enrollment has been over 13,000 students,’’ Rodriguez said.
Robert Strobel, the university’s assistant vice president for Enrollment Services, said a survey of students found that the most important characteristics for them include the availability and quality of majors, the cost of attendance and receiving personal attention.
Despite the increase in students, he said, the teacher-student ratio would continue to be 20 to 1.
University President Norma Rees said: “Our staff has been doing a great job during the past year to bring our excellent faculty and curriculum to the attention of the communities we serve.’’