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UCR Admissions Grow 18 Percent;Campus Ethnic Diversity Up Sharply

UCR Admissions Grow 18 Percent;Campus Ethnic Diversity Up Sharply

(March 16, 1999)

The University of California, Riverside has offered admission to 10,503 freshmen for the fall 1999 term, an increase of 18.4 percent compared to mid-March of last year, and the first time in its history that UC Riverside has admitted more than 10,000 freshman students.

In addition, applications and admissions of African American, Chicano and Latino freshman are up significantly.

A comparison of figures from 1997 to 1999 shows an increase in African American student admissions of 95.4 percent; Chicanos, 86.9 percent; American Indian, 65.6 percent; Latinos, 54.9 percent; White, 51.9 percent; Asian American, 36.6 percent; and other, 31.7 percent. Total applications at UCR increased from 6,931 for the fall of 1997 to 10,503 for fall 1999, an increase of 51.5 percent.

The figures being cited are still subject to change as additional reviews are undertaken of student applications. The comparisons are with the same point in time during the admission cycle. They represent the acceptance of regularly admissible UC eligible students: those who perform at the top one eighth of California high school graduates.

"The University of California, Riverside continues to accept all students who are eligible to enroll at the University of California. These outstanding young men and women have worked hard to meet our very high standards," said Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach.

"I personally am heartened by the great number of applications: a positive affirmation of the attractiveness of the campus--and the highly talented and meritorious quality of the students which has allowed us to admit so many," he said.

Our Inland Empire high schools have been working hard to increase the college going rate of their students. I think we’re seeing rewards for that hard work now," he added.

James Sandoval, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment, said there are many reasons for the increases in both applications and admission.

"We have been working hard to get the word out about the campus. Of particular benefit have been the Chancellor’s receptions for prospective students where alumni and faculty talk about the campus.

"Additionally, six years ago, we began talking with middle school students and their parents. We explained what was necessary for them to do then to prepare themselves for college later. Six years later, that’s paying off. "Our outreach activities have had a cumulative impact. The successes of our students translate to good word going back to community high schools.

"This is true for all students, but has special impact in the under represented ethnic communities where the success of a friend or relative translates into an awareness of, ‘Yes, I can go to the University of California too,? he said.

Notices were mailed to applicants in early March. Freshman applications made during open enrollment in November 1998 hit 12,796, an increase of 14.6 percent over last year and a two-year increase of 35.8 percent, the greatest in the UC system.

The increase could push the campus past the 11,500-student mark next year. The exact number will depend on how many students accept UCR’s offer, the number of continuing students, and the number of graduate students.

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