15,560 outstanding high school seniors admitted for UCLA's fall freshman class
UCLA announced today that it has admitted 15,560 high school seniors for its fall 2011 freshman class, a group that is outstanding in every way, from the diversity of the students' backgrounds to their academic, artistic, athletic, scientific and civic accomplishments.
About a third of the admitted students are expected to inform UCLA of their intent to enroll by the May 1 deadline. In all, UCLA received a record 61,515 freshman applications from California and all corners of the nation and the world.
Among the group of admitted freshman students, which averaged a fully weighted grade-point average of 4.3 and SAT composite score of 2,039.3, are a half-dozen young inventors who have attained patents in the U.S. and elsewhere; numerous published poets and writers and the winner of a Braille literary contest; almost 300 Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout Gold Award winners; hundreds of model United Nations delegates; more than 200 student body presidents; over 4,000 captains of sports or academic teams; more than 500 Academic Decathlon participants; nearly 300 martial-arts black belts; and hundreds of accomplished musicians. There are even an award-winning magician and a hip-hop dance champion.
"Each year, we are deeply impressed with the quality of our applicants, and this year even more so," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "The overwhelming majority of the students who applied were well qualified to attend UCLA, so making these decisions was painstaking. But now we are privileged to be able to look forward to a freshman class that will carry on the fine traditions of UCLA for academic excellence, talent and community service."
On April 9, the campus held its first-ever Bruin Day, during which more than 13,000 prospective students and their parents and guests came to UCLA to tour the campus and explore its many offerings. Participants met with faculty, administrators and current students and toured campus housing, recreation facilities, museums, fraternities and sororities, libraries, and more.
The freshman class is expected to be the largest ever at UCLA, with increases in the number of both California residents and non-residents from the U.S. and other countries. The University of California's Commission on the Future has recommended that all UC campuses increase the number and proportion of non-residents, who have to meet higher academic standards than residents, in order to enhance the student experience for everyone, broaden geographical diversity, prepare students for a global society and help sustain the UC's instructional capacity and quality. This fall, UC non-resident students will pay approximately $34,500 in tuition, while residents will pay approximately $11,600.
Like all UC campuses, UCLA is experiencing deep cutbacks due to the state's fiscal crisis. UCLA is currently facing a proposed budget cut of $96 million, the campus's portion of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $500 million cut in state support to the UC system. Over the past two years, UCLA has implemented many cost-saving measures, including unpaid staff furloughs, layoffs and severe budget constraints, while continuing to maintain its academic mission.
Even as it is increasing its non-resident student population, UCLA is maintaining its primary commitment to California students. Indeed, the number of California freshmen will increase by approximately 400 this coming fall, to an estimated 4,425, compared with 4,024 in fall 2010. The number of non-resident freshmen, both from the U.S. and from other countries, is expected to increase by a little more than 200 this fall, to approximately 825.
These increases in the size of the freshman class are possible even in difficult financial times in part because the four-year graduation rate has jumped unexpectedly and significantly, UCLA officials said. This has reduced the number of "over-enrolled" students — the number of students on campus that is beyond the number supported by state subsidies.
In addition, UCLA has made broad efforts to ensure that students have access to the courses and faculty necessary for them to make progress toward their degrees and to graduate.
During the application process, UCLA utilizes a "holistic" method that emphasizes student achievement in the context of the opportunities available to them and how students have taken advantages of those opportunities.
The admitted freshman group's average SAT composite score of 2,039.3 (out of a possible 2,400) is six points higher than last year's average and the highest ever for UCLA. Admitted students took an average of 18.9 honors courses and completed 49.3 college preparatory courses, far above the 30 that are required.
Among the admitted freshmen, 2,591 (19.6 percent) are underrepresented minorities, including 448 African Americans (3.4 percent), compared with 434 (3.7 percent) in fall 2010; 2,061 Latinos/Chicanos (15.5 percent), compared with 1,719 (14.5 percent) last year; and 82 Native Americans (0.6 percent), compared with 80 (0.7 percent) last year.
In other ethnic categories, admitted 2011 freshmen include 5,949 Asians/Asian Americans (44.9 percent), 4,249 whites/Caucasians (32.1 percent) and 464 (3.5 percent) whose ethnicity is unknown.
More than 10,000 of the admitted freshman students have already been notified that they are eligible for financial aid.
All nine UC undergraduate campuses are releasing information today. The UC Office of the President's system-wide statistics are available at http://www.ucop.edu/news/studstaff.html. In total, the University of California offered admission to 72,432 freshman applicants for the fall 2011 term at the UC system's nine undergraduate campuses.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of more than 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer 328 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Six alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
NOTE: Fall 2011 figures do not reflect final figures. The data used reflect information about domestic students, except for the total numbers of applicants and admits, which include international students. This year's figures are compared with official data from 2010. Admissions numbers will change slightly, with final official data available in October 2011. Data provided by the University of California Office of the President are for California residents only.