A growing number of California residents — many of them first-generation college students — are gaining admittance to UC San Diego.
The university reported this week that a total of 32,016 first-year and 10,829 transfer students were admitted for fall 2019. Somewhat less than a third of those will accept and enroll as new UC San Diego students.
Those numbers reflect a 7% increase in the number California residents admitted. More than a third of first-year students are from Southern California, and 94% of transfers are from a California community college.
This year, 37% of first-year and 49% of transfer-admitted students from California are the first in their family to attend college.
“During our strategic planning process in 2012, UC San Diego made a commitment to diversify our student body in order to better reflect California’s population,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “From 2012 to 2019, the number of overall admitted students increased 40% while the number of admitted students from underrepresented groups increased 68%.
“To achieve this, we expanded recruiting efforts, established the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program, and invested in student success programs that work to ensure students feel included and ready to flourish,” he added.
At the first-year level, there was a 28% growth among admitted African American students, a 9% increase for Latinx/Chicanx students and 6% growth among Native American students compared to last year.
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