For the third year in a row, the California State University received a record number of undergraduate applications. This year’s record confirms the continued high demand for a CSU education.

Fresno State received a record 16,020 first-time freshmen applications for fall 2012, up from 15,321 one year earlier. The number of transfer students applying declined to 5,254 from 6,091 in 2010.

Through CSU Mentor, potential first-time freshmen and transfer students submitted 665,860 applications – easily eclipsing last year’s total. The submissions came from 258,834 distinct applicants versus 241,166 last year. Potential students typically apply to multiple CSU campuses.

All CSU campuses continue to take graduate applications.

Prospective CSU graduate students are also applying to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs for the first time in the system’s history, including one offered jointly by Fresno State and San Jose State.

“Nurse practitioners have an incredible amount of knowledge to contribute to the care of the ‘whole patient,’ in addition to treating diseases,” said Terea Giannetta, a Fresno State and Sacramento State alumna, Fresno State faculty member and nurse practitioner on CSU Voices and Views. “Nursing and medicine need to be partners in helping change healthcare to make it more accessible to everyone.”

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