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Freshman Applications Set Record At UCR, Transfer Figures Up Too

Freshman Applications Set Record At UCR, Transfer Figures Up Too

(January 20, 1999)

New student applications for Fall 1999 at the University of California, Riverside have hit 15,203, up 14 percent over those of the year before which itself was a record. Over the last two years, applications have soared 31.5 percent, the greatest increase for any of the University of California’s eight general campuses. Freshman applications hit 12,796, an increase of 14.6 percent over last year and a two year increase of 35.8 percent, also the greatest in the UC system. Applications from transfer students account for 2,407 of the total, and represent an increase of 11.1 percent over last year.

Systemwide, 82,955 potential students applied to University of California campuses--an increase of 15.2 percent--during the November open enrollment period. UCR remains open for transfer student applications, but is closed for freshman applications. James Sandoval, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment, said the increases reflect students?increasing awareness of the quality of the campus as a result of its growing reputation and outreach activities.

"The quality of the faculty, personal attention, and course availability--all these are distinguishing characteristics of our campus, and they are valued by students and parents. We’re getting the word out," Sandoval said.

Additionally, Sandoval said he believes efforts started six years ago by Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach to reach into middle schools in poorer areas with supporting information about college education is paying off.

"Chancellor Orbach has worked to empower parents as they work with local schools to prepare their children. Now they know what classes their schools have to offer and that their children have to take to be on track for college," he said.

Ethnic data show that African American applications total 698, an increase of 28.1 percent; Asian American, 4,370, up 23.6 percent; Chicano, 1,783, up 14.7 percent; Filipino American, 782, up 10 percent; Latino, 454, up 11.5 percent; White/Other, 3,398, up 29.4 percent. There were 58 applications from Native Americans, a decrease of four from the year before.

Applications now are being reviewed by admissions officers. Notification of an offer of admission will be mailed to applicants March 1. Freshman students who have been offered a place will have until May 1 to accept the offer. Transfer students have until June to accept the offer.

The University of California enrolls more than 170,000 graduate and undergraduate students. (There are eight general campuses--the San Francisco campus specializes in the health sciences at the graduate level.)

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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