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Admissions Drop, First Since 2000

UC Riverside Announces Fall 2004 Freshman Admissions Data

(April 21, 2004)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Undergraduate admissions for the fall quarter of 2004 at the University of California, Riverside are down for the first time since 2000. The campus had been increasing admission offers by an average of 12 percent per year since 2000, but the state’s budget difficulties have called for enrollment reductions of 3,200 new students throughout the UC system for the fall 2004 term.

As a result, UC Riverside expects approximately 700 fewer freshmen this fall compared to last year’s entering class of 3,889. Campus officials report that average scores on the SAT I and the subject-oriented SAT II exams for UCR admits increased over the previous year, reflecting a trend of increasing academic quality seen throughout the UC system.

“At UCR we were able to admit all UC eligible students this year,” said LaRae Lundgren, acting assistant vice chancellor, Enrollment Management at UC Riverside, referring to those who applied directly to UC Riverside . Based on increasing enrollment demand at UC Riverside the campus is preparing for a selective admissions environment by Fall 2005.

According to Lundgren, the Riverside campus reduced its participation in the system’s referral program this year, limiting acceptance to engineering majors of which approximately 1,100 were accepted. The referral program refers to students who applied to other UC campuses but were not offered admissions there and are, subsequently, referred to Riverside.

Reflecting the overall trend, admitted students from underrepresented minorities — such as African Americans, Chicano/Latinos, and American Indians — also declined slightly at Riverside, but the campus remains the most ethnically diverse in the UC system with about one quarter of incoming freshmen coming from underrepresented minorities.

The Riverside campus also represents a geographic cross section of admitted freshmen with more than half coming from Los Angeles and Northern California, according to Lundgren. That is followed by Orange County and then by Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

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