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Student Enrollment tops 17,000


Enrollment Up at UC Riverside

UC Riverside has a total of 17,187 students this year

(October 30, 2007)

The new gathering spot is the UCR Student Commons. Photo by Walter UrieEnlarge

The new gathering spot is the UCR Student Commons. Photo by Walter Urie

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- The University of California, Riverside received a record number of undergraduate applications for the 2007-2008 school year.

According to figures released by Interim Director of Admissions Merlyn Campos, the Southern California campus received 32,090 applications this year and increased its total enrollment of incoming freshmen and transfer students to 4,586 students. Overall, the campus welcomed 3.6% more new undergraduates this year. Total campus enrollment is now 17,187.

“At UC Riverside, we’re thrilled that we’re attracting and admitting more students each year,” said Campos. “We’re building new facilities and expanding our academic programs to accommodate even more students in the coming years.”

This year’s increases follow a decision by UC Riverside to begin notifying prospective students of their admission status on February 1st, nearly one month earlier than most other University of California campuses. According to Campos, UCR will follow the same approach in 2008 with most incoming freshmen once again receiving their admissions status on February 1st. “The earlier date reduces students’ anxiety and gives them an extra month to plan their academic future,” said Campos.

Campos is also proud of UC Riverside’s increases in underrepresented populations including home schooled students, lower income students, and minorities. “This year, the number of Chicano/Latino transfer students increased by 18.7%,” said Campos. “The number of incoming African-American freshmen increased by 4.2%.”

The Los Angeles Times has also noticed UC Riverside’s success in this area. In an article published in January of this year, Times writer Richard C. Paddock noted, “While campuses like UCLA and UC Berkeley struggle to attract students from underrepresented minority groups, UC Riverside increasingly enjoys a reputation as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation.”

In addition to higher admission rates, UC Riverside has also earned a reputation for helping its lower income students succeed. According to a report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, UC Riverside graduates 64 percent of its students in six years, regardless of their income level. In comparison, at many other universities, low-income students lag 20 percentage points behind their wealthier classmates.

“It’s not enough to simply admit students from these underrepresented populations,” said Campos. “At UCR, we’re committed to helping all of our students complete their degree work and receive their diplomas.”

The past year has been a banner year for UC Riverside. The regents of the University of California authorized the university to proceed with the next phase of planning for its School of Medicine, and the Princeton Review recently selected the university’s A. Gary Anderson School of Management (AGSM) as one of the top 25 graduate business schools in the country. UC Riverside also celebrated the crowning of two Big West championship athletic teams (men’s baseball and women’s basketball), the announcement of alumnus Stefanie Schaeffer as Donald Trump’s new “Apprentice,” and the opening of several new facilities on campus including the spectacular new $54 million Student Commons.
The Student Commons has eating areas inside and out. Photo by Walter UrieEnlarge

The Student Commons has eating areas inside and out. Photo by Walter Urie

Students and UCR's carillon tower. Photo by Walter UrieEnlarge

Students and UCR's carillon tower. Photo by Walter Urie

Students have wireless computer access on most parts of campus. Photo by Walter UrieEnlarge

Students have wireless computer access on most parts of campus. Photo by Walter Urie

Students have a home at the center of campus in the Student Commons. Photo by Carlos Puma.Enlarge

Students have a home at the center of campus in the Student Commons. Photo by Carlos Puma.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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