UC San Diego will welcome the most diverse incoming class of freshmen and transfer students in its history as fall quarter classes begin Thursday.
Of the 5,750 incoming freshmen, 24 percent come from historically underrepresented groups including black, Native American and Mexican American/Latino students. In addition, approximately 29 percent of new freshmen are the first in their family to attend college. The majority of new students are from California.
“We are pleased to welcome these dynamic, diverse and talented students to our Triton family,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are committed to providing all of our students with the best possible college experience and opportunities, and preparing them to become our next-generation leaders.”
New initiatives include identity-themed housing for LGBTQ, black and Latino students and a mentoring program for students who come from under-resourced high schools and/or are the first in their family to attend college, among other programs.
The freshmen for fall 2016 have an overall grade-point average of 4.05 and average SAT Reasoning scores of 610, 661 and 621 for SAT reading, math and writing respectively.
An estimated 5,357 freshmen will be living throughout campus in various residence halls. Overall, about 13,113 new and continuing students will be on-campus residents, making up nearly 40 percent of the total campus enrollment.
Transfer students this year number 2,950, with 20 percent from historically underrepresented groups. Some 38 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
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