Californian acceptance rate drops in fall 2017 UC admission data

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The University of California released fall 2017 admission data today. The data reflects a 1.7 percent drop in California resident admission.

Due to last year’s abnormally large in-state class — adding an additional 7,500 in-state students, the university is still on track to meet its goal of adding 10,000 California students by the 2018-19 academic year, according to a statement released by the University of California Office of the President.

In total, 70,000 incoming California freshmen — and more than 21,000 in-state transfer students — were offered enrollment for fall 2017 on at least one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

The numbers reflect that more California residents are now enrolled at a UC than any at other point in history.

The systemwide admission rate, however, has now lowered to 61.7 percent, 1.7 percentage points lower than last year’s 63.4 percent.

“We welcome this accomplished, talented group of applicants to the university,” said UC President Janet Napolitano in the statement.

“All of us — in California, and throughout the nation and world — will be enriched by their talent, curiosity and drive to learn and succeed. The University of California educates the best and the brightest true to our mission of education, research and public service,” Napolitano said.

Freshmen from historically underrepresented groups grew moderately since fall 2016, now comprising 38.7 percent of the total freshman population — less than one percentage point higher than last year’s 37.8 percent.

Admitted Chicanx/Latinx students rose by the same degree. The group’s admission increased to 33.2 percent from 32.3 percent. Meanwhile, the proportion of African American admitted freshmen rose by only 0.1 percent — from 4.9 percent to 5 percent.

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Audrey McNamara is the executive news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @McNamaraAud.