With 40,131 students enrolled just last year, CSUN has become the most populated campus in the California State University system.
Due its high enrollment, CSUN will soon be implementing stricter requirements for future students.
The new requirements aim to ease impaction by reducing enrollment. The new plan will be officially presented to the university next Thursday, according to an Admission and Records office representative.
The change will implement the tier one and tier two system — which is currently applied to incoming freshman — to transfer students as well.
Tier one students are students within the zone set for each CSU, giving them acceptance priority. Tier two students are those outside the given zone, for whom stricter enrollment requirements will be applied.
As a result, the change will only affect students who plan to transfer or enroll from a community college or high school from outside the university zone. Associated Students Vice President Sevag Alexanian said that exceptions will be made for individuals applying with exceptional credentials.
The requirements for tier one transfers and applicants will not change.
Alexanian explained how the new requirements would affect high school applicants.
“The freshmen tier one students will still be admitted regularly, how it was in the past, as long as they have the basic GPA and SAT scores required,” Alexanian said. “However, tier two students would not be accepted unless there are special circumstances.”
The objective of the change is to reduce the number of students who attend the university.
Evelyn Avila, an East Los Angeles College student majoring in business administration, plans to transfer to CSUN for the fall 2016 semester. Not knowing where she falls in the tier system, the new requirements concern her.
“I have worked hard to transfer from community college and I don’t think that it is fair if the school has more requirements for me,” Avila said. “I will do my best to have the GPA that I need to transfer to CSUN because they have an excellent program in the field that I am applying to.”
Other students at CSUN see the new system as beneficial, in hopes that it will help relieve high enrollment.
“It affects my communication and bond with my professors because there are just so many people that they can’t build proper communication with, myself included,” junior psychology major Kevin Contreras said. “All my psych [psychology] classes went from having 65–70 students to over 150.”