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UCLA offers freshman admission to 16,000, increases offers to transfer students

109 of the 114 California community colleges are represented among transfer admissions

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Roosevelt High School admissions visit Fall 2017
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UCLA representatives visit schools like Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles to help make sure California students know UCLA is a place for them.

UCLA has offered admission to just more than 16,000 exceptional high school seniors and nearly 5,600 transfer students for the fall 2018 term. The admitted students, who were selected from among a record-breaking nearly 114,000 freshman and 23,000 transfer applicants, make up the most talented and high-achieving admitted class in UCLA history.

“It is no accident that UCLA is such a compelling choice for outstanding students,” said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA’s vice provost for enrollment management. “We owe our success to our recruitment efforts and the work that we do with schools and counselors throughout California, but also to our great diversity and extraordinary academic and co-curricular experiences that make UCLA a unique institution among our peers.” 

Among the 8,730 California residents who were admitted as freshmen, 30 percent come from ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented at UCLA — 23 percent are Chicano/Latino, 6 percent are African American and 1 percent are American Indian. Asian Americans and whites make up 41 percent and 23 percent of admitted California freshmen, respectively.

The socioeconomic diversity of prospective California freshmen also remains strong, with 30 percent coming from low-income families, and an identical percentage indicating that neither of their parents has graduated from a four-year college or university.

Of all students accepted for freshman admission, UCLA expects to enroll approximately 4,200 California residents and 1,600 students from outside California. Although the California resident target is slightly lower than last year’s, it is still higher than the university’s historical average, consistent with UCLA and the University of California’s commitment to increase enrollment of Californians.

In 2015, plans were announced to increase enrollment of California undergraduates in the UC system by 10,000 over the next three years. UC will far exceed that goal with an estimated 15,000 additional California resident undergraduates enrolling this fall compared to three years ago.

UCLA, which enrolls more transfer students than any other UC campus, has also offered admission to nearly 5,600 transfer students, 94 percent of whom attended a California community college. Of those admitted in-state students, 35 percent are white, 28 percent are Chicano/Latino, 28 percent are Asian American and 6 percent are African American.

In terms of socioeconomic diversity, 52 percent of those admitted transfer students would be the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree, and 56 percent come from low-income families. They are also geographically diverse, hailing from 109 of the 114 community colleges in California.

“I’m especially excited to see that applications and admission offers increased among our four partner community colleges in Central California,” said Gary Clark, UCLA’s director of undergraduate admission. “As a part of UC’s partnership with the California community college system, our staff have conducted programs and provided services both on campus and in Central California to support students from our four partner schools: Reedley, San Joaquin Delta, Bakersfield and Solano. The quality, academic preparation and volume of those applicants was incredible this year.”

UCLA expects to enroll approximately 3,225 transfer students, a slightly higher number than last year, in keeping with the goal of boosting enrollment of students from California.

In total, the University of California has offered nearly 137,000 students a spot on at least one of its nine undergraduate campuses this fall, including more than 28,750 transfer applicants. Statistics for all nine UC undergraduate campuses are available at the UC Office of the President website.

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