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Cal State San Marcos To Begin Fall Semester With Record Number Of Students

More than 14,000 students, a record high, are set to start classes Monday at Cal State San Marcos, a 9 percent increase over last year.

The count for the fall semester includes 2,229 freshmen and 1,589 transfer students who will attend classes at the main campus in northern San Diego County and a satellite facility in Temecula.

"Here, in our 25th anniversary year, we can look forward to a promising and exciting future for Cal State San Marcos," CSUSM President Karen Haynes said at a convocation this week. "A future that builds on our proud past but also goes beyond the achievements of yesterday to take full advantage of the challenges that a rapidly changing world will certainly bring our way."

Around 620 students moved into the University Village Apartments today, while another 800 will take up residence in The Quad dormitories Saturday, according to CSUSM.

Among the physical changes on campus:

• the Latin@ Center will serve as a place to celebrate Latin culture and provide resources for Hispanic students

• the CSUSM University Store has reopened in the Dome, providing more space for textbooks and gifts • renovations are complete at Starbucks, which has reopened

• construction is continuing on the 25,000-square-foot sports arena that will host Cougars athletic events.

Semester openings will continue Tuesday at Point Loma Nazarene University and Wednesday at the University of San Diego. Fall quarter classes will begin at UC San Diego Sept. 24.