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UCR Enrollment of 11,600 Sets Another Campus Record

UCR Enrollment of 11,600 Sets Another Campus Record

(October 19, 1999)

A record 11,600 students are enrolled this quarter at the University of California, Riverside, an increase of 998 students or 9.4 percent over last year, it was reported today (Tuesday, Oct. 19). This marks the fifth straight year that UCR enrollment has reached a new high.

The benchmark census ‹‹ conducted each fall at the end of the third week of classes ‹‹ found student numbers increased sharply for freshmen, up 18.7 percent from 2,235 students in Fall 1998 to 2,652 students this fall.

The growth in the size of the UCR student body was expected as a result of increases last spring in the numbers of admission offers and acceptances.

"This is what we anticipated and we were ready for it, thanks to hard work and effective planning by many members of the faculty and staff," said UCR Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Warren.

In order to accommodate students' class-scheduling needs, UCR's academic departments and campus enrollment officials closely monitored course registration ‹‹ during the spring for continuing students and during the summer for new students ‹‹ to gauge demand. A number of departments opened additional course sections as needed, said Jim Sandoval, associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and registrar.

"Course registration went very smoothly," said Sandoval. "More than 99 percent of students were able to get a full schedule before the first day of instruction, and the remainder filled in their schedules during the first week."

Campus enrollment projections anticipate growth to 15,000 students by the year 2005-06.

Currently, there is more than $111 million in construction underway at UCR, including a new residence hall that will accommodate more than 460 students when completed in fall of 2000. Other projects include a major seismic safety renovation of Rivera Library, a new Fine Arts building, new entomology and chemistry buildings, and a specialized entomology research facility.

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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