UCLA has selected the strongest and most diverse incoming freshman class in its history. The announcement follows an intense and thorough application review process in which every freshman application was read at least twice.
For the fall 2015 freshman class, UCLA admitted 16,027 high school seniors who are remarkable for their achievements both inside and outside of the classroom, and who come from a more diverse range of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds than any previous class.
Among the 9,351 California residents admitted, 30 percent come from low-income families (as measured by eligibility for federal Pell Grants), and nearly 31 percent indicated that neither of their parents have graduated from a four-year college. Students were admitted from every county in the state.
The admitted class also includes 6,676 exceptionally talented students from outside of California, including every U.S. state and 84 other countries, demonstrating that interest in a world-class education at UCLA continues to grow throughout California, the nation and the world.
“Our applicant pool and admitted students are just amazing,” said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “They are not only incredible scholars with great academic achievements, strong test scores and excellent grades, but they are wonderfully talented individuals with strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service.”
Among Californians, 42.3 percent of admitted first-year students are Asian-American, 24.3 percent are white, 22.4 percent are Latino and 4.8 percent are African-American.
The number of students from underrepresented ethnic groups has steadily climbed over the past few years; 28.1 percent of the admitted class represent underrepresented groups, up from 27.3 percent last year.
In total, UCLA admitted approximately 17.3 percent of the 92,722 high school seniors who applied for fall 2015 admission. Working with the University of California Office of the President in setting enrollment targets, the campus will enroll approximately 5,715 first-year students, including 4,110 California residents and 1,605 non-residents — figures nearly identical to last year’s targets.
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to transfer students, UCLA also offered admission to 4,905 outstanding transfer students from an applicant pool of 20,063, and expects to enroll about 3,115 of them, nearly the same number as last year.
“Our admitted transfer class is as talented and diverse as our admitted freshmen,” Copeland-Morgan said. “They enrich the campus experience for all students since they bring academic strength, life journeys and work histories that are as unique as their backgrounds.”
In total, the University of California system’s nine undergraduate campuses offered admission to 92,324 freshman applicants and 20,921 transfer applicants for fall 2015. Statistics for all UC undergraduate campuses are available at the UC Office of the President website.