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SDSU welcomes its first spring class since 2008

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego State University will welcome 4,100 new students Wednesday, its first spring class since 2008.

SDSU had stopped bringing in new students for the spring semester because of budget cutbacks, but funding restored by the Legislature and federal stimulus money allowed school officials to admit a spring class this year.

Whether the action can be repeated next January is unclear, because newly seated Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed cutting the budgets of the California State University and University of California systems by $500 million.

The new students are paying $105 more in tuition than last fall, and fees are expected to climb by $444 for the 2011-12 school year.

Darcy Jones, an incoming transfer from Cal State Long Beach, said she didn't make it into SDSU as a freshman and was denied admission last fall because of a decrease in enrollment - but she was accepted for this spring.

"I'm excited to finally start at SDSU, where I've always wanted to be," said Jones, a sociology major.

This will be the last semester for the venerable Aztec Center, the student union that will be demolished to make way for a larger complex that uses sustainable energy. Construction of the replacement is expected to last about two years.


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