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UC San Diego Receives Record Number Of Applicants

UC San Diego received a record 89,169 applications from prospective freshmen and transfer students, the school announced Friday.

The total, the third-highest among University of California campuses, included 73,356 freshman applications for fall 2014, up 8.8 percent from last year. Transfer applications jumped 5.8 percent from the year before to 15,813.

"UC San Diego's global reputation as an academic powerhouse has attracted many talented and well-qualified students," Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. "Our rankings as one of the top universities in the world are testament to why UC San Diego continues to enroll the best and the brightest students from all backgrounds."

The mean grade point average for high school applicants was 3.79, up 0.02 from the previous year, according to UCSD. College board test scores were also higher.

UCSD reported that the portion of freshman applications from historically under-represented students climbed by 6.1 percent.

The most popular majors chosen by freshman applicants were engineering, biology and the social sciences.

Almost half of the transfer applications were from social science majors. Other selected majors among transfers include engineering, science and math.

About 90 percent of the transfer applications were from in-state community college students.

The UC system overall saw an increase in applications of 4.9 percent, to 183,272. Prospective freshman applications were up 6.2 percent, but transfers slipped by 0.5 percent.

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Avatar for user 'thompsonrichard'

thompsonrichard | January 18, 2014 at 5:21 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Harrison Cheng, An Admissions Adviser At The UC Berkeley Campus Haas Graduate School Of Business, Said That Fluctuations In Graduate Enrollment Are Usual. “We Typically Aim For A Class Size Of 240, Plus Or Minus A Little Bit, So We Usually Offer Around 400 Some Admissions A Year,” Cheng said. UC Berkeley received 73,711 applications for freshman admission and 16,573 transfer applications for fall 2014. UCSD received a record 89,169 applications from prospective freshmen and transfer students. Transfer applications rose 5.8 percent from the year previous to 15,813. The transfer applications were overwhelmingly from in-state community college students.

Hispanic students constituted the largest block of overall applicants for the second consecutive year, with 40,239 applications, or 31.2 percent, of total system-wide applications. At UC Berkeley, the number of freshman applicants from out-of-state or international locations rose by 20 and 18.3 percent, respectively.

UCLA, which receives the most applications of any four-year university nationwide, received 105,824 applications. Despite the huge number of Latino applicants system-wide, at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC Davis, Asian Americans are still the largest applicant group. Non-California residents also applied in higher numbers this year, with out-of-state student applications up by 15 percent and international student applications up by 34.5 percent. This increase, however, is significantly less than it was last year, when the applicant pool showed a 50 percent increase in the number of out-of-state applicants and a two-thirds increase in the number of international applicants.“

A world-class musician who missed a particular test because she had H1N1 while in an induced coma met the “admission by exception” criteria because she did not meet all of the university’s admission standards. This year at Cal, 63 of her Class of 2018 -mates are athletes. “If Princeton hadn’t found my brother as a basketball recruit, and if I hadn’t seen that he could succeed on a campus like that, it never would have occurred to me to apply to that school," First Lady Michelle Obama said January 16, 2014 to UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and system-wide President Janet Napolitano -- "never."

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philosopher3000 | January 19, 2014 at 3:50 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

I always amazes me that people think it is 'surprising' that UC schools get ever larger admissions applications. Schools with so much public and private funding, in San Diego, CA! Schools that are almost affordable ($14,500 tuition), in a climate where a private college costs are skyrocketing ($53,400/yr), are the ONLY option for many poor and even 'middle-class' students.

The fact that people outside of CA want to come here, and that they are mostly 'Asian' students, shouldn't surprise us, because of the abject poverty of those communities due to overpopulation and the subsequent resource failures. But we should have a UC population that reflects the ACTUAL population of the State of CA, the USA, and the World, not one so dominated by Asian immigrants.

How come every High School in San Diego doesn't send its top 10% of students on field trips to UCSD? How come the students at UCSD are not capable of supporting their own public media system like KPBS? The answers to these kinds of questions are VERY telling about our culture, and the real social and economic inequalities that dominate our society.

In my opinion, the VAST amount of private money that has flooded UCSD and other UC schools has made them essentially private schools owned by the corporate elite, focused on tapping the best and brightest minds and filtering them into useful tools for the profit seekers. They are mining our talent pools, stealing our potential, and draining the brains of our entire planet. The UC System has become a PROFIT CENTER, where administrators get RIDICULOUS public salaries while students slave in competition with each other for corporate grants.

Until and unless the Public University System in California is returned to the public interest, and our best minds are focused upon fixing the very social and environmental problems our industries cause, we will fail to fulfill our potential, and remain part of the problem. No public servant should make more than 5 times the average household income of the people they serve.

http://davis.patch.com/groups/schools/p/janet-napolitano-confirmed-as-uc-president-with-570k-salary

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Missionaccomplished | January 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ― 10 months ago

FILOSOFER 0000 says "The fact that people outside of CA want to come here, and that they are mostly 'Asian' students, shouldn't surprise us, because of the abject poverty of those communities due to overpopulation and the subsequent resource failures. But we should have a UC population that reflects the ACTUAL population of the State of CA, the USA, and the World, not one so dominated by Asian immigrants."

Are you saying that there are no Asian-Americans applying and only Asian immigrants or foreign students??? You obviously don't know what you are talking about. There is NO 'abject poverty" in the Chinese-American, Japanese-American or even in the Korean-American communities. The 'Asian students' as you call them, that were present at my nephew's UCLA cemencement ceremony spoke fluent English and certainly did NOT appear to hail from humble backgrounds. Scholarships and grants can only go so far in UCLA. Pray tell how do expect a student "in abject poverty" to pay for $20,000 tuition???

The last time I had cable, UCSD had UCSD-TV. I do, however, agree with you, that it should be a public station like KPBS, or at least not a station accessed only via cable since it is a local station. If that is in fact what you are saying.

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