Sep 16, 2013 9:20 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

2017: Cal Poly's largest freshman class in history

As a record number of students move onto Cal Poly's campus, faculty and staff kicked off the new academic year Monday morning with the annual Fall Conference.

Cal Poly's President Jeffery D. Armstrong laid out his vision for the future and the near-future just one week before classes begin.

There are about 1,000 more students this year compared to last. Increased enrollment was one of the major focuses of the President's state-of-the-university address and something Cal Poly has been planning for, for about nine months.

"This is our second trip up to my dorm," said Sydney Le Cras, an incoming Cal Poly freshman.

Sydney La Cras moved into her new home Monday and she was not alone.

More than 500 students from out of the state did just that. This was the precursor for Tuesday's events when the class of 2017, the largest freshman class ever, moves onto campus.

"There will be about 4,800 of them moving in tomorrow," said Preston Allen, Executive Director of University Housing.

More students equates to a lot more preparation by faculty and staff,as well as more beds and more classrooms.

"I call it an opportunity to make all the magic happen. We have actually looked at converting some of the apartment's spaces into freshman suites," explained Allen.

He said this is happening at Poly Canyon Village. Instead of having a private room, many will now have to share.

As far as classes go, Kathleen Enz Finken, Provost & Executive Vice President Academic Affairs said, "This year we have actually added thousands of seats for this fall quarter. A lot of that is made possible by two funding sources, one that have come from Prop 30. On top of that our students passed the student success fee a year ago, and that has provided a great deal of funding for instruction."

Enrollment this fall is about 19,800 students, which includes grad students. Cal Poly hopes to increase those numbers by 4,000 to 5,000 over the next few years.



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