The incoming Fall class will also welcome 991 more students from underrepresented groups, composed of 44% first-generation college students and 40% low-income students. The universities are also expecting the largest class from California Community Colleges.
This year saw an increase of about 500 more freshman admissions and around 200 more transfer admissions than last year.
“Yet another year of record-setting admissions underscores the tremendous interest in the world-class education at UC,” UC President Janet Napolitano was quoted as saying. “The best and the brightest young minds continue to make UC their university of choice.”
The significant increase of incoming freshmen and transfer applications comes at a time when the UC campuses experienced a large budget cut, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Despite the decrease in the budget, the UC maintains its plans to add additional 4,860 students in the next two years.