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UCR Transfers Most Diverse

UC Riverside Leads University of California in Diversity of Transfer Students From California Community Colleges:The Fourth Straight Year of growth

(June 19, 2002)

RIVERSIDE, Calif.-- Traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups such as African Americans, Chicanos, Latinos and American Indians at the University of California, Riverside, accounted for 23.4 percent of transfer students from California community colleges in the fall of 2002, according to figures released by the UC Office of the President on June 5. UCLA came in second with 21.2 percent of its community college transfer students from those groups. UC Riverside has led the other seven campuses in this category since 1997, one year after passage of Proposition 209 banned affirmative-action admissions practices in the UC system.

Expanding community college transfers to the UC was a goal in a 1997 agreement between the university and the California Community Colleges, and again between the UC and the office of Governor Gray Davis.

UC admitted 13,627 transfer students from California community colleges for fall of 2002, a 3.8-percent increase over 2001, and the fourth consecutive year for system-wide growth for community college transfers. UC’s historic transfer rate is 3 percent.

UC Riverside has been a leader in traditional admissions of underrepresented minorities, such as Latinos, African Americans and American Indians. Community college transfers have historically added to this trend, officials said. Such groups have grown in representation, from 20.6 percent of the freshman class of 1997 to an expected 26 percent of next fall's freshmen. Today, nearly 70 percent of the campus’ 14,429 students are members of minority groups.

“Truly, UC Riverside is a diverse community, in the very broadest sense, and we pride ourselves in that and embrace the richness that it brings to all of us,” said UC Riverside’s Acting Chancellor David H. Warren to the graduating class of 2002 during commencement ceremonies.

With a total of 664 community college transfer students from underrepresented minorities in the fall of 2002, UC Riverside outperformed many of the larger UC campuses, such as Berkeley, Davis, Irvine and San Diego. Only Los Angeles and Santa Barbara attracted more transfer students from those groups.

“Working with the community colleges, we are making good progress in expanding the access to the University of California for transfer students,” said UC President Richard C. Atkinson “The community colleges are a wonderful place for many students to begin a UC career.”

Part of the credit for UC Riverside’s performance goes to its support of programs to help transfer students make the jump to UC and, once there, to assist their progress in efforts such as:

• Transfer Admission Guarantee, which guarantees eligible students, who have completed at least 30 UC-transferable units, entry to UC Riverside as a junior in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

• The Transfer Link Mentor Program, which matches a prospective student with an existing UC Riverside transfer student. Transfer Link Mentors can answer questions about campus life, academic opportunities, available services, and provide peer support to incoming students.

• Academic development programs for community college students such as Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement and Puente, which give students intensive instruction, academic counseling and mentorship.

The University of California, Riverside, established in 1954, offers undergraduate and graduate education to nearly 15,000 students. It is a member of the 10-campus UC system, which is the largest public research university system in the world. The picturesque 1,200-acre UC Riverside campus is located at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains near downtown Riverside, California. For more information about UC Riverside visit

A press release and tables about community college transfers throughout the UC system are available at the UC Office of the President news Web site.

More information about community college and transfer services offered at UC Riverside are available at the following Web sites:

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