The largest freshman enrollment at SFSU begins monday (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner 2013)

The largest freshman enrollment at SFSU begins monday (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner 2013)

SFSU braces for largest ever freshman class

San Francisco State University is preparing to welcome the largest freshman class in the college’s history for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Monday.

More than 8,000 students – including 4,200 in the freshman class – are expected on campus this fall, university officials said. New students also include more than 3,700 transfers and 1,100 graduate students.

Jo Volkert, SFSU’s senior associate vice president for enrollment management, said enrollment has steadily increased for the past 10 or 15 years in students not just from the Bay Area, but from around the state as well.

“We just had more students that qualified for admission that applied. Our numbers for admission applications keep going up,” Volkert said.

The City’s thriving job market is also no doubt attractive to students, she added.

“They obviously see the economic boom that we’re going through up here,” Volkert said. “It just makes San Francisco a more viable choice.”

SFSU has taken steps to address the increased demand in housing due to more students on campus as well, in part by tripling up dorm rooms. Nearly 500 beds were also made available for the coming school year by renting its University Park North and South complexes by the bed, rather than by the apartment.

Incoming residential students will move onto campus Thursday, and the university’s official welcome event will be held Friday.collegefreshman classhigher educationSan Francisco State Universityschool year

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