UCLA, the most popular campus in the nation, with 55,676 freshman applicants, announced today that it had admitted 12,098 prospective freshmen for fall 2009.
Among them were 175 student body presidents; more than 150 National AP Scholars; 400 most valuable players in their sports; nearly 900 outstanding musicians; almost 300 Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout leaders; more than 200 black belts in various martial arts; some 500 Science Olympians; about 500 recipients of book awards from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton and other universities; more than 150 Model United Nations delegates; more than 150 recipients of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards; and 3,000 who indicated they were captains of their sports or academic teams.
"We are proud of the breadth and depth of the achievements, leadership and talents of the students who have been admitted to the university," Chancellor Gene Block said. "Our mission at UCLA is not only to stress academic achievement but to instill a sense of service that will have lasting benefits to society as our students go out into the world. These students have already shown they can live up to those high standards."
The chancellor said that university administrators, along with students, alumni, faculty and staff, are now working to encourage the talented students who were admitted to enroll at the university for the fall quarter. Admitted students have until May 1 to indicate their intention to enroll.
Janina Montero, vice chancellor for student affairs, said that the university was able to maintain the size of its freshman class despite enrollment reductions faced at other state universities, which are attributed to the state's economic crisis. The university expects a class of approximately 4,650 to begin their studies in September.
"We at UCLA have been very fortunate to be spared an enrollment reduction by the University of California Board of Regents," Montero said. "We are very grateful to the Regents for recognizing that the historically intense competition for admission to UCLA already disappoints so many qualified would-be students that to further restrict admissions would pose too great a hardship."
Vu Tran, director of undergraduate admissions and relations with schools, said that as an example of the extreme competition among applicants, more than 26,314 of the 55,676 applicants had grade-point averages of 4.0 or above. The university was able to admit 21.7 percent of all those who applied, compared with 22.8 percent last year.
The overall GPA of those accepted as freshmen is 4.36, compared with 4.33 last year. The average composite score for the SAT reasoning test rose nearly eight points to 2,004 out of a possible 2,400. The average math score is 683, the average reading score is 654 and the average writing score is 666 — all slightly higher than last year. Admitted freshmen took an average of 20.6 honors courses and completed nearly 50.8 college preparatory semester courses — far above the minimum of 30 that is required.
Of the students admitted, 2,137, or 18.6 percent, are underrepresented minorities, including 407 African Americans (3.5 percent), 1,675 Latinos/Chicanos (14.6 percent) and 55 Native Americans (0.5 percent). The 2008 figures were 453 African Americans (3.8 percent), 1,684 Latinos/Chicanos (14.0 percent) and 43 Native Americans (0.4 percent).
In other ethnic categories, admitted 2009 freshmen included 4,893 Asian Americans (42.7 percent) and 3,677 whites/Caucasians (32.1 percent). Additional categories included 156 freshmen who described themselves as "other" (1.4 percent) and 605 whose ethnicity is unknown (5.3 percent). Also, 630 international students were admitted.
Applications to UCLA are read and considered holistically, a process that emphasizes students' achievements in the context of opportunities available to them and how students have taken advantage of those opportunities.
Information about admitted California freshmen at University of California campuses is available at www.ucop.edu/news/factsheets/fall2009adm.html. More than 58,500 high school seniors were offered admission at UC campuses.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of nearly 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 more than 323 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. Four alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
NOTE: Fall 2009 figures are extracted from March 31 files and 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 2008. Admissions numbers will change slightly, with final official data available in October 2009. Data provided by the University of California Office of the President are for California residents only.