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Enrollment Grows by 6.7 percent

Enrollment at UC Riverside Grows by 6.7 percent

The largest increase comes with the growth in the numbers of new transfer students.

(October 19, 2010)

Student enrollment at UCR surpassed 20,000 in fall 2010. Photo by Steve BrazillEnlarge

Student enrollment at UCR surpassed 20,000 in fall 2010. Photo by Steve Brazill

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Figures released today show that as the third week of instruction ended UC Riverside’s student enrollment stood at 20,746, a number that represents a 6.7 percentage growth over last year. It is first year that the campus passed the 20, 000 student mark.

This fall UC Riverside enrolled 4,469 new freshmen, a 3.9 increase from 2009, and 1,178 new transfer students, a 22.6 percent increase over the 2009 figures.

The boost in the number of transfer students represents campus efforts to meet a mandate by UC President Mark G. Yudof, said LaRae Lundgren, UC Riverside assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management.

“In fall 2009 President Yudof indicated that, in spite of the budget, each UC needed to pledge and ensure its commitment to California community colleges by fully supporting the transfer pathway to our campuses,” said Lundgren. “We worked very closely with local community colleges to raise the number of transfer students, who traditionally perform very well in their studies here at UC Riverside.”

Last year, in preparation for the anticipated growth in enrollment, the campus formed a cross-discipline course management team that was tasked with ensuring that students have access to the classes they needed.

Instruction began on Sept. 23. Enrollment figures are traditionally not released until the third week of instruction when enrollment has stabilized.

Enrollment Fast Facts:

Total enrollment
Fall 2010: 20,746
Fall 2009: 19,439
Increase over 2009: 1307 students (6.7 percent)

Number of undergraduate students: 18,242
Number of graduate students: 2,504

New freshman students:
Fall 2010: 4,469
Fall 2009: 4,303
Increase over 2009: 166 students (3.9 percent)

New transfer students:
Fall 2010:1,178
Fall 2009: 961
Increase over 2009: 217 students (22.6 percent)

New graduate students:
Fall 2010: 695
Fall 2009: 715
Decrease over 2009: 20 students (-2.8 percent)

Average GPA
Fall 2010: 3.50
Fall 2009: 3.48

Transfer students
Fall 2010: 3.00
Fall 2009: 2.87

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