SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose State University hopes to decide Monday on whether or not they will drop preferential admission for local student applications.

For many years SJSU had given preferential treatment to local applicants who met lower entry requirements than those from other areas. That may change for the upcoming fall 2012 semester as a flood of 42,000 new applications have come in.

The university is considering the change, which would shut out up to 1,400 South Bay residents, as it struggles with budget cuts that have forced the 23-campus California State University system to slash enrollment.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

SJSU spokeswoman Pat Harris said budget cuts and the rise in applications leaves them with few choices.

The university’s initial decision to drop preferring locals set off a furor which was cause for a rollback. Now they await President Mohammad Qayoumi’s guidance on Monday when he returns from a trip out of the country.

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