University of California admits more diverse freshman class without SAT

Students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups include 43% of freshmen admitted to California on University of California campuses this year, the highest proportion of a new undergraduate class and the highest number in UC history.

The number of under-represented minority students fell from 33,225 to 36,462, up from 42% last year, but campuses have admitted many more Californians than in the past. Last year it admitted 79,953 Californians; this year, it admitted 84,223 state students.

Black enrollment among freshmen remained at 5% of the total, but the number increased from 3,987 to 4,608. The number of Latinx students increased from 36% to 37%, from 28,662 to 31,220 .

For the second year in a row, Latinx students are the largest group of students in the system. Asian Americans are next at 34 percent. White students make up 20 percent of the system. (According to the Census Bureau, California’s black population is 6.5%, Latinx 39.4%, Asian 15.5%, and white, non-Hispanic 36.5%.)

It was also the first class admitted without the required SAT or ACT scores, which the university board of regents voted to drop out last year.

Some critics of the move predicted that it would cause a massive shift in the number of admitted students from Asian and white students to black and Latin students. (The state constitution prohibits California public universities from considering race in admissions.)

In fact, it led to small drops for white and Asian applicants who were admitted. Admissions to Asian Americans fell from 35% to 34%, and those to whites from 21% to 20%. But the number of students admitted has increased – for Asian Americans from 27,771 to 28,402 and for white applicants from 16,438 to 17,024.

The increases for California freshmen were not evident at Berkeley and UCLA, but were evident at UC Davis (which gained around 2,000 students), UC Merced (which gained around 1,500 students) and UC Riverside (who won around 1,000).

“These remarkable numbers are a testament to the hard work and resilience of students and their families across California,” said UC President Michael V. Drake. “I am particularly encouraged by the social and economic diversity of those who are offered a place at UC. Fall will be an exciting time on our campuses.

Overall, unified communications requests increased 13% to 128,266.

Much of the interest in UC numbers is in Berkeley and UCLA.

“We admitted a class almost identical to last year’s record class,” said Olufemi Ogundele, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at UC Berkeley and dean of undergraduate admissions. “Faced with a pandemic and a 28% increase in first-year applications, we have remained focused on our values ​​of access, excellence and diversity. We have much to be proud of. “

University made more offers to black, latino and native american students.

The cumulative grade point average of all admitted freshmen (3.7 unweighted and 4.12 weighted) was “comparable to previous classes admitted,” the Berkeley press release said.

UCLA also highlighted gains in admission of black and latin students.

Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA vice-president for enrollment management, said, “Our outreach and recruiting partnerships with underserved high schools and community organizations have paid off. training for applying to UCLA. “

The University of California is also known to admit large numbers of community college students, far more so than most private colleges or competitive public ones.

This year, the university also admitted the largest class of transfer students to community colleges in California, from 28,453 to 28,074, a 1.35% increase year-over-year. The vast majority of these transfer students are California residents (25,700). And more than half (53%) will be the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree.

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