Public Affairs, The California State University

College Nights and Counselor Conferences Promote Access and Completion

By Stephanie Thara

The CSU hosts a multitude of systemwide events that guide students in finding the right path to get to college. From CSU College Night and Counselor Conferences to CSU Super Saturday and Journey to Success, families and educators learn about the enrollment process, how to apply for financial aid and what classes students need to take to be admitted into the CSU.

College Fair at CSU Bakersfield CSU College Night
CSU College Night, held on September 24 and October 2, informed interested students and families about the latest updates on CSU admissions, enrollment management, financial aid and student services.

With more than 6,000 attendees, CSU College Night offered students, parents and educators the opportunity to meet with CSU campus representatives and attend CSU admission and financial aid workshops. Held in both Pasadena and Santa Clara, students living in southern and northern California were able to learn about each of the 23 campuses and get information about financial aid options and the application and admissions process.

CSU Counselor Conferences
From September 24 to October 3, the CSU organized a series of Counselor Conferences to provide high school and community college counselors with enrollment information that would be helpful for university-bound students. The Counselor Conferences, which are held each fall, give counselors the information they need to assist students in getting admitted and thriving at one of the 23 CSU campuses.

This year, the CSU hosted seven counselor conferences in California’s major regions, and nearly 5,000 educators participated in numerous CSU workshops and seminars. With more than 30 workshops available, attendees learned about topics such as the following:

  • CSU Mentor and application updates
  • graduate programs
  • honors programs
  • impaction
  • programs and initiatives to improve access
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) academic requirements
  • student services for special populations (low-income students, foster youth, disabled students)
  • transfer process
  • updates on the Associate Degree for Transfer