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Freshman Admissions at UCR Up 16.7 Percent

Freshman Admissions at UCR Up 16.7 Percent

(April 3, 2000)

The University of California, Riverside has offered admission to nearly 12,400 students for fall freshman enrollment, an increase of 16.7 percent over last year.

The freshman class resulting from the pool of 12,375 students admitted could number nearly 3,100, pushing total UCR enrollment to near 13,000 next fall - up from 11,600 this year. Total enrollment will depend on how many students accept UCR's offer of ad mission, the number of continuing students and the number of new transfer students and graduate students who enroll.

Admitted students who wish to attend UCR next fall as freshmen have until May 1 to file their statements of intent to register.

Freshman admissions to UCR from all ethnic groups increased - 13 percent for African American students, 12.7 percent for Asian American students, 15.5 percent for white students, 25.7 percent for Chicano students, 16.9 percent for Latino students and 14. 6 percent for Native American students.

The figures cited include offers of admission to both California and out-of-state residents. They compare figures from March 24 of 1998, 1999 and 2000.

The number of admitted students from the pool of freshman applications has steadily increased at UCR in recent years, due in part to increased outreach to junior high school students, high school students and their parents, according to Jim Sandoval, associate vice chancellor for enrollment and student services. Additional funding from the University of California Office of the President this year has enabled UC campuses to further strengthen programs that familiarize students with the university and provide academic tutoring and workshops on such topics as financial aid and the college application process, he said.

"We are reaching more students than ever before, working with them early in their academic careers to help them understand they can become academically eligible to attend the University of California and that financial aid is available to help them reach that goal," Sandoval said. "The cumulative impact of these efforts - along with the dedication of this region's schools to raise the college-going rate - translates into the increasing number of students we are admitting to UCR."

During the November application filing period, UCR received 16 percent more applications from high school seniors than in the previous year. UCR offered admission to all freshman applicants who met University of California eligibility requirements - students who achieve in the top one-eighth of California high school graduates.

This month, UCR will host a number of activities designed to further familiarize admitted students with the campus, including receptions hosted by UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach at locations throughout the state and two "Discover UCR" events on Wednesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 19, at UCR. The two on-campus events are expected to draw some 2,500 prospective students and their parents.

Campus enrollment projections anticipate growth to 21,000 students by the year 2010. Currently, there is more than $130 million in construction underway at UCR, including a new residence hall that will accommodate more than 460 students and a new chemistry building. Both projects will be completed by next fall.

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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