UC admission rate jumps as students forego enrollment amid pandemic

New and returning Aggies hit the information tables set up on Hutchison Field in 2019 as UC Davis' Welcome Day drew to a close. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the 2020-21 class will have a far different experience. Caleb Hampton/Enterprise file photo

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UC admission rate jumps as students forego enrollment amid pandemic

Latinos become largest group of Californians admitted to UC

The University of California offered admission to a record number of applicants, including more prospective California freshman than ever before, according to fall 2020 admissions data released Thursday. UC admitted 79,953 California residents and 119,054 incoming freshmen in total, up from 108,178 last year.

For the first time ever, Latinos are the largest group of prospective freshmen admitted to UC. Making up 36% of the California residents offered admission, Latinos eclipsed Asian Americans, who add up to 35%. White students made up 21% of new admissions and Black students 5%. About 45% of newly admitted students would be the first in their families to attend a four-year university.

The system’s nine undergraduate campuses also admitted a record-high 28,074 transfer students, including more students than ever from California Community Colleges.

The admission rate for in-state freshmen rose to 70%, up 9% from last year. The overall freshman admission rate increased by 8%, rising to 69% of all applicants.

The admission data released by the university includes applicants admitted from waitlists. The significant jump in the admission rate is related, in large part, to an increase in admissions offers made to waitlisted applicants, according to a press release from the UC Office of the President.

“Similar to many other universities, UC is seeing an increased use of waitlists this year as some students make enrollment decisions — either to enroll closer to 凯发体育官方sporthome or to forego enrollment — based on COVID-19 concerns,” the university said. “This has prompted admissions officers to draw further from waitlists and allows campuses to admit as many students as possible in an effort to be responsive to student preferences and still work toward meeting enrollment targets.”

UC anticipates California resident enrollment will increase by 1,600 in 2020-21, according to the press release. Most UC campuses have announced plans for a hybrid approach to instruction for fall quarter. At UC Davis, all classes will be available online and some small classes and labs might also be offered in-person.

Admissions figures at UC Davis parallel those of the UC system. UC Davis admitted a record 45,820 freshman and transfer applicants, including an all-time high of 29,775 California residents. The total number of new undergraduate students admitted increased 13.6% from last year.

“The campus estimates it will enroll about 9,500 new freshmen and transfer students this fall, a planned increase of about 5 percent from fall 2019,” the campus said in a press release. “Total enrollment — including undergraduate, graduate and professional students — is expected to be approximately 39,600.”

“This has been an incredibly challenging time as many students have been making their college decision in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “UC continues to see increased admissions of underrepresented students as we seek to educate a diverse student body of future leaders. The incoming class will be one of our most talented and diverse yet, and UC is proud to invite them to join us.”

In recent months, UC leaders have taken steps to reduce inequities in the admissions process. In May, the Board of Regents unanimously endorsed restoring affirmative action in California, a choice that will be on the ballot in November.

— Reach Caleb Hampton at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @calebmhampton. 



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