Record-Breaking Rams

Sep 132011
Authors: Emily Horn

As CSU hit an enrollment high of 30,450 students this fall, these numbers also mark the largest freshman class the university has ever seen. But, according to Jim Rawlins, this increase won’t change much as far as university admissions go.

“This year, the number of applicants went up and the average GPA went up as well, but we didn’t change our standards,” said Rawlins, the executive director of admissions at CSU.

The Office of Admissions does a holistic review of applicants rather than following a set of specific standards. They will not be changing the admissions process due to the increased population, Rawlins said.

“We offer admission to anyone we think can be successful here,” he added.

The increased population brought about a number of challenges, but the school has already taken measures to accommodate some of these. One of these challenges is the question of housing, particularly in the dorms on campus.

Housing and Dining Services (HDS) anticipated a higher number of first-year students this fall, accommodating accordingly.

The room set-up was altered slightly, and instead of having a large number of single rooms in the dorms, HDS assigned more doubles. Corner rooms in the towers, which sometimes held only three students, went back to housing four. Housing also did not allow as many returning students in the dorms this year, according to Tonie Miyamoto, HDS administration director.

“We have a master plan in place for future construction and renovation to accommodate the increased number of students in the dorms,” Miyamoto said.

To deal with future housing needs, a fourth floor is being added to Parmelee Hall, and next year another floor will be added to Braiden Hall as well.

Another issue brought up with high enrollment is class size. With required classes as well as popular ones, a greater number of students mean less chance of registering for a particular class.
“We have a special committee to look at the classes we were concerned about running out of space for, and we did a lot of work over the summer to manage that,” Rawlins said.

The increased population is definitely noticeable to students on campus.

“We see it in our day-to-day lives around campus,” said Eric Berlinberg, president of the Associated Students of CSU. “It seems more difficult to get from place to place with more people walking around, but that’s just something that comes with having a greater population.”

“There is also an increased demand for services on campus,” added Berlinberg.

Despite the crowding and the changes that have had to be made, Rawlins and Berlinberg both see CSU’s increased population as a good thing.

“Our campus has the overall ability to accommodate the number of students,” Rawlins said. “It makes us that much more of a dynamic campus.”

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