The school received a record number of freshman and transfer applicants for the fall 2019 semester, topping out at over 106,000. The student applicants will be vying for around 10,000 open seats.
Come this fall, Cal State Long Beach students may find their campus to be a little more claustrophobic than past semesters. The commuter campus has received a record 102,000 applications from undergraduate students for the upcoming fall semester as stated in a press release from the Office of Public Affairs. This will continue the university’s record-breaking application streak, with over 10,000 more students applying compared to the 91,000 applications in the fall 2017 semester. Of the 102,000 applications, over 65,000 were from first-time freshmen, and more than 33,000 of applicants were transfer students. “I think that impaction will definitely continue,” Lindsey Reeves, a senior film and electronics major said. “Our reputable programs will become out of reach if acceptance rate continues to be low.” Long Beach also received the most applicants within the Cal State system, which have also seen a growth in undergraduate applications. “These numbers are remarkable,” President Jane Close Conoley said in a press release. “Long Beach State University continues to attract record numbers of prospective students in large part because of our strong faculty and staff, who deliver an outstanding education.” However, a high volume of applicants will result in an increased amount of declined applications.