Applicants come to San Diego State for Explore SDSU — though many haven’t yet received acceptance letters


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Prospective SDSU students talk to a representative at the Aztec Parents Group table at a previous Explore SDSU event.

by Nicole Kern, Staff Writer

Prospective students descended on San Diego State for Explore SDSU over the weekend.

The Admissions office held the annual event March 17 from 9 – 2 p.m. as they worked to advance prospective students’ interest in the university.

Organizations and clubs were in attendance as well as university ambassadors who held group seminars and tours highlighting SDSU’s campus life.

Normally during Explore SDSU, prospective students know whether or not they have been admitted into the university.

This year, however, acceptance letters for prospective students will be sent out later than usual, making the atmosphere of Explore SDSU different than in years past.

Matthew Hebert, director of student recruitment and school relations said the reasoning behind later admissions enrollment is because of an increased amount of applications for San Diego State University for fall 2018.

“With the latest graduate and freshman applications, we’re now over 100,000 applications for fall 2018,” Hebert said. “This is most we’ve ever had in 121 years.”

According to Hebert, there are a few other factors behind delayed admissions.

“We received 93,000-95,000 applications for undergrad and we have a backlog of data and same number of staffing, same founding and received more applications than before,” Hebert said.

Hebert said SDSU isn’t the only CSU campus that’s had to delay sending out acceptances this year.

“This is happening across the CSU system,” Hebert said. “The state is really interested in finding a place for every CSU-eligible applicant.”

Lee T.D., admissions counselor and coordinator for Explore SDSU, said the event is not much different from years past, even though there have been delayed admissions.

“The delayed admissions doesn’t really affect the event,” Lee said. “We still have lots of people coming for the event.”

SDSU ambassador Ashley Crowell said her role of giving tours during Explore SDSU was somewhat different this year because of the later enrollment.

“When I was giving my tours I still had a lot of questions about when the university will send out the admissions decisions,” Crowell said.

However, she found the overall experience to be beneficial for the prospective students.

“It was still a super enjoyable experience knowing that some students were admitted and you were giving them their first campus tour as an admitted student,” Crowell said. “And I got to give them insight on my own Aztec experience.”

Ashley Crowell’s younger brother, Ryan Crowell, was visiting campus for Explore SDSU from La Verne, Calif. He said the event fulfilled his expectations.

“I really enjoyed Explore SDSU,” said Crowell. “It was awesome that there was so many different seminars for students to go to and you got to meet other students that were looking at SDSU to.”

Crowell was disappointed to have not been accepted yet, but had good things to say about the overall event.

“It was kind of a bummer to go to Explore SDSU and not know you were admitted but overall it was a really great experience,” Crowell said.

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