UCSD admits fewer students than last year

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UC San Diego has announced its undergraduate admission statistics for the incoming Fall 2011 students. After receiving over 53,000 applications, UCSD has admitted .7% less than 2010, for a total of 18,234. The difference is due to over enrollment in Fall 2010.

While the total number dropped, the university admitted 3,512 underrepresented students, up 15.4% from Fall 2010.

Overall demographics of admitted students include:

  • 45% from Southern California
  • Average GPA is 4.09
  • 54.2% females compared to 45.7% males (.1 didn’t report)
  • Average SAT scores of 633, 681 and 654 respectively for Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
  • 394 African-Americans (up 2.9% from 2010),
  • 2,317 Mexican-Americans (up 19.6% from 2010)
  • 721 Latinos (up 17.2% from 2010)
  • 4,568 first-generation students (up 4.6% from 2010)
  • 2,272 out-of-state students (36% increase from 2010)
  • 2,021 international students (47.7% increase from 2010)

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox released a statement saying, “The academic quality of our admitted students is truly impressive and we look forward to welcoming these bright minds to our campus. We are also pleased that the number of underrepresented students admitted to the university went up 15 percent this year and we remain committed to ensuring accessibility and affordability for all students who want to attend UC San Diego.”

With ever increasing interest in the University of  California, San Diego campus, the school and administrator constantly struggle with the budget realities facing California today.  The University of California campuses have received a $500 million cut for next year. UC San Diego is looking at a reduction of at least $60 million.

The persistent lack of state funding has been detrimental to UC San Diego’s enrollment capacity. Enrollment targets for in-state students are based on how much state funding UC San Diego receives per student. Because of this, in 2010 UC San Diego enrolled more than 1,200 students for whom it received no state funding. To combat this, Fall 2011 will see an increase in the number of out-of-state and international students.

Admitted freshmen have until May 1 to indicate whether they will attend UC San Diego. At that time the campus will begin preparations to welcome a new class of freshman. Most of these freshman will be members of the 2015 graduating class.

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