For its fall 2014 freshman class, UCLA has admitted 15,760 high school seniors who are exceptional for their academic achievements and who will bring to the campus a remarkable diversity of socioeconomic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds.
The newly admitted students include 9,128 California high school seniors, 83 percent of whom graduated in the top 9 percent of their classes, as well as highly qualified students from 48 other states, the District of Columbia, and 77 countries.
"I am very pleased that we have admitted students who, by every measure, will maintain and enhance the academic excellence, leadership qualities and spirit of innovation for which UCLA students are known," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who will welcome prospective first-year students and their families to campus Saturday at UCLA's fourth annual Bruin Day. "I'm also proud that our students are increasingly reflecting the rapidly changing demographics of California and the nation."
Among the California residents admitted, nearly 31 percent come from low-income families (students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants), and just over 31 percent reported that neither parent has graduated from a four-year college.
"As a public university, UCLA strives to ensure that our student body represents the socioeconomic diversity of the state we serve," said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, vice chancellor for enrollment management. "In partnership with the state and the federal governments, and through our own efforts, UCLA is committed to meeting the financial needs of low- and middle-income students to ensure they, too, can take advantage of the opportunities a UCLA education offers."
Among Californians, 42.3 percent of admitted first-year students are Asian-American, 26.0 percent are white, 22.3 percent are Latino and 4.4 percent are African-American.
Students from underrepresented ethnic groups make up 27.3 percent of the admitted freshman class, up from 26.0 percent last year.
Of the students admitted, 6,632 were from out of state and other nations. UCLA policy dictates that admitted students from outside of California must have academic qualifications that meet or exceed those of California residents. Because non-California residents decline their admission offers to UCLA at a higher rate than do Californians, UCLA admits a large number of non-California residents in order to reach enrollment targets.
In total, UCLA admitted 18.2 percent of the 86,521 high school seniors who applied for fall 2014 admission. UCLA plans to enroll 5,700 new freshman students, including 4,100 California residents and 1,600 non-resident students — the same figures as last year's admission targets.
"UCLA's reputation as one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education is due in no small part to the unique talents, accomplishments, fresh perspectives and intellectual curiosity that students bring to campus from all over the world," Copeland-Morgan said. "I am convinced that once our newly admitted students have experienced the breadth and depth of our academic offerings — and our unmatched facilities, which offer endless potential for personal growth — they, too, will be Bruin bound."
Extending its long-standing commitment to transfer students, UCLA has set its fall 2014 transfer enrollment target at 3,100 students, an increase of 200 from last year. Transfer students will receive their admission offers on April 18. Enrolling highly qualified transfer students is an important priority for UCLA as a public institution, and transfer students bring academic abilities, diverse backgrounds, work histories and life journeys that enrich the campus experience for all students.
UCLA will extend a hearty welcome to newly admitted transfer students and their families on Saturday, May 10. Prospective transfer students will hear from Block and have the chance to explore the full range of opportunities that await them at UCLA.
Admitted freshmen must submit their statements of intent to register by May 1; transfer students have until June 1 to accept their admission offers.
In total, the University of California system's nine undergraduate campuses offered admission to 86,865 freshman applicants for the fall 2014 term. Statistics for the UC undergraduate campuses are available at the UC Office of the President's website.