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UCR Applications Jump 17.5 Percent

UCR Applications Jump 17.5 Percent

(January 27, 2000)

Applications for admission to the University of California, Riverside for Fall 2000 hit 17,976, an increase of 17.5 percent over this year, the university reported Thursday. Statewide, University of California individual applications increased 3.5 percent.

Transfer applications reached 2,801, up by 15.6 percent at UCR. They were largely flat across the entire University of California. UCR will continue to accept transfer applications until June 1.

"These figures speak very well for the increasing awareness of the quality of the UCR faculty and the outstanding student experience here," said Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach.

"Each application represents the trust and hope of a young man or woman who sees in UCR an opportunity to achieve their potentials. I am heartened by this belief in our campus. Over the next several months, faculty, current students, alumni and I will be contacting as many of the applicants we admit as possible to make sure they will feel welcome here," Orbach said.

UCR saw significant increases across all under-represented ethnic groups. Campus statistics show that among under-represented freshman applicants; African American applications increased nearly 11 percent to 804; Chicano, 28.3 percent to 2,380; Latino, 21.5 percent to 583; and American Indian, 1.6 percent to 62.

There was an increase among Asian American applicants of 13.8 percent to 6,904; White, 17 percent to 3,314; other, 22.6 percent to 336 and unknown/decline to state, 35.8 percent to 792.

The campus will begin notifying freshman applicants on March 1 about their admission. Those who have been accepted then have until May 1 to return a statement of intent to register.

James Sandoval, associate vice chancellor for enrollment and student services, said that while the application period for transfer students remains open, the large increase in those who have already applied is good news.

"We have been working very hard to encourage students in community colleges to transfer to UCR. We have agreements with all community colleges in our region to help smooth the way for students who can begin at a community college and then transfer and earn their bachelor's degree here at UCR," Sandoval said.

"Providing this link has been a high priority for the last several years and we're seeing it start to pay off for students now," he said. UCR grew to 11,600 students in fall 1999, up from 10,602 the year before. The campus is expecting to grow to 21,000 students by the year 2010.

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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