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The California State University (CSU) system is facing enrollment limits for the next academic year, and because of this, many CSU campuses are now having to limit the application period. Whereas once upon a time a prospective student could apply year-round to a CSU school for admission to an upcoming semester or quarter, now at least 9 campuses will be enforcing a November 30th application deadline for Fall 2009 starts, with many of the remaining campuses to follow shortly thereafter.

To get the word out, the CSU is using new media tools like YouTube to remind students to get their apps in on time this year, or face being frozen out of starting their 4-year University program at a CSU this fall. Some of the campuses, like CSULA, may continue to accept applications for Fall 2009 until late next spring, although that may be moved up pending changes to the budget.

The CSU is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually.