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UCR Enrollment Tops 18,000 students

UCR Enrollment Tops 18,000 students

Record-breaking enrollment includes undergraduates, graduates and credential program

(October 23, 2008)

This year's new students (and Scotty the bear) get the year started at a convocation and pep rally Enlarge

This year's new students (and Scotty the bear) get the year started at a convocation and pep rally

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside officials announced the official count this week, and enrollment has set a new record: 18,079 students.

At the end of the third week of classes, the offical count stood at 15,752 undergraduates; and 2,327 graduate students. There are 4,423 new freshmen.

Previous to this year, the largest campus enrollment was 17,295, recorded in the Fall of 2003.

"This year's strong increase in enrollment is powerful recognition of UC Riverside's status as a campus of first choice for students, parents and high school teachers and counselors," said Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jim Sandoval. "We encourage students from an early age to make a commitment to college and take the classes they need to be eligible for the UC system. We are always very proud when the campus they choose is Riverside."

Sandoval said one encouraging statistic is the growing number of students from Northern California who are choosing UCR. "This fall our numbers from that part of the state are up by about 32 percent," he said.

In January, University of California officials announced that 21,496 freshmen applied to UCR and 4,568 transfer students, which is the largest application pool in the history of UC Riverside.

The deadline for application to the University of California system for next year is November 30.

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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