Fresno State gets extra student seats next school year

The Fresno BeeNovember 26, 2013 

In an August 2013 file photo, Fresno State students are seen on the first day of fall classes.

CRAIG KOHLRUSS — THE FRESNO BEE

Fresno State will get 400 extra student seats next school year, half the number university President Joseph Castro requested this month from the California State University system.

Castro was pushing the CSU system to open up 800 more enrollment slots next year to give more Valley students access to higher education.

But CSU Chancellor Timothy White tempered expectations during a campus visit in mid-November, saying he's banking on adding 8,000 seats across the 23 CSU campuses -- 12,000 fewer than the CSU's proposed annual budget allows.

Castro wasn't too disappointed, saying in a press release that getting more seats is "very good news."

"Even though we certainly could have used additional enrollment spots, we are pleased that more students will have the opportunity to attend next year," Castro said in a statement released Tuesday. "It will allow the university to continue growing to meet the strong demand from students in the Valley and beyond."

The university would get an estimated $3.25 million to fund the spots. Bernie Vinovrski, associate vice president for enrollment, said the dollars help fund everything from faculty salaries to building costs. The university may also use the dollars to add new classes, he said.

"It costs us a lot more to educate a student than just the fees they pay," he said.

Fresno State enrolled a record 23,060 students this fall. University officials have said applications are up from this time last year and estimate 10% more students will apply by Saturday's deadline.

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