A record number of students are enrolled in the California State University system’s 23 campuses during the fall 2020 semester, system officials announced in a press release Monday.
The system enrolled 485,549 students this fall, an all-time high, and surpassed its previous enrollment record of 484,297 during the fall 2017 semester, the release said. Fall 2020 enrollment is up 3,620 students from fall 2019, when the system enrolled 481,929 students, the release said.
Part of the reason for the system’s record enrollment this semester is an all-time high retention rate among first-year students who started at Cal State campuses during 2019, the release said. About 85 percent of these students returned to campus for the fall 2020 semester, according to system officials.
The enrollment records among Cal State campuses contrast with the national trend of enrollment declines during the fall 2020 semester across the board in higher education. Undergraduate enrollment is 4 percent lower than in fall 2019, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.