UC admits all-time highest number of transfer students for 2018-19 academic year

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The UC released admission data for the 2018–19 admissions cycle, reflecting all-time record numbers of transfer and California resident admissions.

Of the 137,000 students offered a spot at the nine undergraduate UC campuses, 28,750 were transfer applicants — an overwhelming majority of whom were from California community colleges. As per the UC’s goal of enrolling one transfer student per two freshmen, transfer student admission increased by 8 percent this year.

“After reviewing yet another record-breaking number of applications, our campuses have offered admission to an exceptionally talented group of students for the upcoming academic year,” said UC President Janet Napolitano in a press release.

This year, 89,616 students applied for freshman admission to UC Berkeley — another record high — of whom 13,561 were offered seats for the 2018–19 academic year, according to a campus press release. Twenty-three percent of the 19,215 transfer applicants were offered admission to UC Berkeley.

Although admission numbers increased systemwide over the past year, UC Berkeley’s number of admits decreased by approximately 1,000. According to a UC press release, several other campuses also did not increase admission offers in order to “effectively manage growth.”

For the UC as a whole, 71,086 freshman admits were California residents. Twenty-nine percent of freshmen and 50 percent of transfers admitted to UC Berkeley were first-generation students, while 30 percent of freshmen and 56 percent of transfers came from low-income households.

The number of underrepresented minority applicants admitted remained at 38 percent systemwide, although the percentage increased from 23 percent in 2016 to 26 percent in 2018 for UC Berkeley-specific admits.

Within that category, Black students constituted 4 percent of UC Berkeley’s admits, while Latinx students made up 22 percent of campus’s admits. Native American and Pacific Islander students each constituted less than 1 percent of the total number of admits at UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley’s number of out-of-state admits decreased this year, although international admits saw a slight increase. The numbers reflect the UC’s cap on nonresident enrollment.

According to a campus press release, freshman admits range in age from 13 to 25 years old, while transfer admits range from 15 to 63 years old. The average admitted GPA of freshman applicants was 4.45, and the average ACT score was 31.

“With the benefit of a UC education, these accomplished young people from different backgrounds, with diverse beliefs and aspirations, will make California and the world a better place,” Napolitano said in the press release. “We look forward to having them at the university.”

Revati Thatte is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @revati_thatte.