Sacramento Business Journal - April 19, 2006
UC Davis offers freshman admission to record number of California students
Sacramento Business Journal - 11:55 AM PDT Wednesday
The University of California Davis has offered admission to a record number of California high school students this year.
The campus said Wednesday it has admitted 20,791 California high school students, a 15.7 percent increase over last year's 17,284.
UC Davis plans to enroll about 4,850 new freshmen from California and elsewhere this fall, or 10.7 percent more than last fall. The campus also is planning for about 1,755 new transfer students this fall, or 1.4 percent more than last fall.
The Office of Resource Management and Planning projects total UC Davis enrollment for the fall quarter will be 29,910 students, an increase of 273, or less than 1 percent, over last fall's 29,637. Enrollment is expected to average 28,750 over the three regular quarters of the 2006-07 academic year.
Admitted freshmen have until May 1 to indicate their intent to register at UC Davis.
The admission rate for California freshmen -- who continue to account for more than 95 percent of all admitted freshmen -- increased from 62 percent of applicants last year to 68 percent.
Each of the freshman applicants was evaluated using a process that takes into account academic, socioeconomic and personal achievements. Academic factors represent about 75 percent of the possible weight for all criteria. The average grade point average of admitted California freshmen is 3.84.
Students from underrepresented minorities -- American Indian, African American and Chicano/Latino -- account for 17.3 percent of California students with freshman admission status who stated their ethnicity. Last year, the figure was 16.2 percent.
The percentage of African Americans rose from 2.7 percent last year to 2.9 percent this year among students who stated their ethnicity. American Indians continue to represent 0.6 percent of admitted students. Chicanos and Latinos account for 13.8 percent this year, compared with 12.9 percent last year.
The percentage of Asian American students rose to 43 percent of this year's admitted students who stated their ethnicity, compared with 41.9 percent last year. Caucasians this year represent 37.9 percent of admitted students who stated their ethnicity, compared with 40.1 percent last year.
Those who identified with other ethnic groups continue to account for 1.8 percent of all admitted students stating their ethnicity.
This year, 5.6 percent of all admitted California freshmen students declined to state their ethnicity, compared with last year's 6 percent.
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