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UC admissions data show demand remains high

The enrollment of California-resident freshmen at UC is expected to remain stable for fall 2011, while the university projects the ethnic and geographic diversity of the incoming class will broaden, according to preliminary data released June 30.

A total of 39,989 admitted freshmen submitted Statements of Intent to Register (SIRs) for fall 2011, of whom 35,064, or 88 percent, are California residents. This represents a slight numeric increase compared with comparable data for last year and indicates that demand for a UC education remains high, despite rising fees and concerns about the impacts of state budget cuts.

At the transfer level, UC received 20,062 SIRs from admitted students. Of these, 17,754, or 88 percent, are transfers from California community colleges.

Overall, the proportion of underrepresented students in the projected freshman class rose to 30 percent (up nearly 3 percentage points from last year), primarily due to increases in Chicano/Latino students. Among freshmen, Latinos are projected to constitute nearly 26 percent of the incoming class, the largest number and proportion in UC’s history – almost equaling the proportion of SIRs from white students.

For the full story, including detailed data tables, go to the UC Newsroom website.

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