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Number Of Minority Applicants To UC San Diego Rises

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Above: This undated photo shows students sitting in a classroom at UC San Diego.

High school seniors applying to UC San Diego for the fall 2017 semester are more diverse than last year's applicants.

The university said 35 percent of California resident applicants come from historically underrepresented groups, up 10.6 percent from last year. The biggest increase: African-American students, up about 12 percent. They're followed by Latino and Mexican-American applicants, up about 11 percent.

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Overall, UCSD received a record 88,451 applications — a 5 percent jump from the previous year. There was a 7 percent increase of applications among California residents. About 34 percent come from the Los Angeles area and 16 percent from the San Francisco area.

Social sciences, engineering and biology were the most popular majors.

“We are proud to attract top scholars who will contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of UC San Diego’s community," Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said in a statement.

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