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UCLA Remains the Country’s Most Popular University with More Than 50,000 High School Seniors Applying for Fall

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UCLAreceived 50,694 applications for the fall 2007 freshman class, making it onceagain the most popular university in the country.

Applicationsincreased 7.1 percent at UCLA, while applications for the entire University of California system were up 5.3 percent.Preliminary data show that the overall number of underrepresented studentapplicants at UCLA — Native Americans, African Americans and Chicanos/Latinos —increased from 10,097 in fall 2006 (22.2 percent of 2006 applicants) to 11,414for fall 2007 (23.6 percent).

Thisyear, 2,444 African American students applied (5 percent of total applicants),up from 2,173 last year (4.8 percent). Applications from Chicanos and Latinosalso increased — there were 8,711 applications (18 percent), compared with 7,650(16.8 percent) last year. The number of Native American applicants dippedslightly, from 274 (0.6 percent) last year to 259 (0.5 percent) for fall 2007.

"It'sheartening to see how many high school students want to come to UCLA," ActingChancellor Norman Abrams said. "UCLA is one of the world's premier universitiesin both teaching and research, thanks to the exceptional quality of thestudents and faculty it attracts. I am especially encouraged by the increase inapplications from African American students and other underrepresentedminorities."

ViceChancellor for Student Affairs Janina Montero attributed the increase in theunderrepresented minority applications to UCLA's commitment to enhance thediversity of the applicant pool through various new outreach activities and tothe engagement of students, alumni, community groups and organizations.

"UCLA iscommitted to serving students in all communities, and I am pleased to see thatour additional outreach efforts have resulted in more applicants to UCLA,"Montero said.

The fall2007 freshman class will be admitted using the holistic approach, which wasadopted last fall by the faculty Committee for Undergraduate Admissions andRelations with Schools and approved by the UCLA Academic Senate.

In thepast, applications were reviewed in sections, with two readers reviewingacademics and a third reader reviewing personal achievements and lifechallenges. Under the holistic approach, each application is read andconsidered in its entirety by two readers.

JennySharpe, chair of the faculty Committee on Undergraduate Admissions andRelations with Schools, said holistic review is another approach toimplementing comprehensive review, the admissions policy adopted by the UCRegents for all campuses, under which an applicant's academic performance,talent, leadership and socioeconomic hardships are considered.

"Theholistic approach provides a more complete picture of each applicant," Sharpesaid.

Preliminarydata for transfer applications show a slight increase in the number ofapplicants for fall 2007. UCLA received 13,382 applications, up from 13,137 theprevious year. Of those, 2,677 (22.5 percent) were from underrepresentedminorities, a slight increase over the 2,627 (22.2 percent) the previous year.There were 540 African American applicants (4.5 percent), up from 509 (4.3percent) last year. Applications from Chicanos and Latinos remained at similarlevels, with 2,034 applications (17.2 percent) last year, and 2,044applications (17.1 percent) this year. For Native Americans, there were 93applications (0.8 percent) this year, up from 84 (0.7 percent) for fall 2006.

Notificationswill be sent to freshman applicants on April 1, and notifications for transferapplicants will begin on May 1.

NOTE: These figures were extracted fromJan. 22 files and may change slightly as applications continue to be processed.

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