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UCLA reaches record-low admission rate for 2015-2016 academic year

By Shreya Maskara

July 2, 2015 11:18 a.m.


This post was updated on July 2 at 8:58 p.m.

UCLA had a record-low admission rate of 17.3 percent for freshman applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year, according to data released by the University of California Thursday morning.

The admission rate for freshman applicants decreased from last year’s 18.1 percent.

UCLA also experienced a decline in the transfer student admission rate from 30 percent last year to 29.3 percent this year.

Meanwhile, UCLA admitted the highest percentage of nonresident students for its freshman class among all the UC campuses, with 41.7 percent of admitted freshmen being either out-of-state or international students.

The UC admitted 30,490 nonresident freshman applicants, a 12.8 percent increase from last year.

China continues to be the country with the highest number of international students admitted into a UC campus, followed by South Korea and India, said Stephen Handel, associate vice president of UC undergraduate admissions in a conference call.

UC Berkeley remained the most selective UC campus for transfers and freshman, accepting 24.6 percent of its transfer applicants and 16.9 percent of its freshman applicants.

“UC kept its commitment to offer admission to all applicants who earned a grade point average that fell within the top 9 percent statewide or at their own high school,” Handel said in a press release Thursday morning.

Handel said about 20,000 students were placed on the waitlist for all UC campuses, and about 7,600 students were taken off the waitlist.

Handel said that the state legislature’s demands of enrolling 5,000 more in-state students to the UC over the next two years in order to secure extra funding are currently being studied by the admissions committee. The University is unable to comment about its impact on future enrollment, he said.

UCLA received a record-high number of 112,744 applications for the 2015-2016 academic year, a 6.5 percent increase from last year. UCLA continued to be the most applied-to UC campus.

Compiled by Shreya Maskara, Bruin senior staff.

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