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Record 13,063 enroll at UCR

Record 13,063 enroll at UCR

(October 27, 2000)

A record 13,063 students are enrolled this quarter at the University of California, Riverside, an increase of 1,463 students or 12.6 percent over last year, it was reported today (Friday, Oct. 27). It marks the sixth straight year that UCR enrollment has reached a new high.

The benchmark census - conducted each fall at the end of the third week of classes - found student numbers increased sharply for freshmen, up 15.1 percent from 2,717 students in Fall 1999 to 3,128 students this fall. The number of new students transferring from community colleges and other universities was up 11.5 percent, from 714 in Fall 1999 to 796 this fall.

The growth in the size of the UCR student body was expected as a result of increases last spring in the numbers of admission applicants who met University of California eligibility requirements.

"Students and parents are increasingly becoming aware of UCR's excellent educational and developmental opportunities. This has resulted in an excessively high demand for the campus," said Jim Sandoval, interim vice chancellor for enrollment and student services.

Campus enrollment projections anticipate growth to approximately 22,000 students by the year 2010, due in large part to the influx of children of the Baby Boom generation who are expected to enter college in large number over the next decade.

Currently, there is about $130 million in construction underway at UCR and another $150 million in the planning stages. Active construction projects include a $26 million arts building and a $24.2 million entomology building. Breaking ground later this month will be an 80,000-square-foot building to serve as an overflow facility for engineering and mathematics departments, and to include a 600-seat lecture hall and new facilities for the campus Learning Center.

The University of California, Riverside ( 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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