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Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand

Across the Cal State system, campus officials are limiting enrollment using higher admission standards to do so. Currently, 18 of the 23 universities restrict applicants; a decade ago only eight campuses did so. As with Northridge, Fresno State also is looking to further reduce enrollment. The Cal State Board of Trustees must approve those plans. Cal State’s strategy is fairly unusual in the national landscape, said Dan Hurley, associate vice president for government relations and state policy with the American Assn. of State Colleges and Universities.