University of California to welcome most diverse admit class in fall 2021
The University of California admitted the most diverse group of freshmen students and a record number of transfer students for fall 2021, the UC Office of the President announced Monday. (Justin Jung/Daily Bruin senior staff)
July 19, 2021 11:35 a.m.
This post was updated July 25 at 7:58 p.m.
The University of California admitted its most diverse group of students for fall 2021 entry.
According to a UC Office of the President press release, 43% of admitted California freshmen are of racial and ethnic minority groups.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the UC saw a 11% increase in freshman admissions systemwide over 2020. However, UCLA’s overall admission rate dropped to 10.7% this year from 14.4% in 2020.
Of California freshmen admitted throughout the UC system, Chicano/Latino students made up 37% – up nearly 9% since 2020 – and admission of African American students rose by 15.6% since 2020. First-generation California freshmen stayed consistent with previous years, making up 45% of students admitted.
The number of Pacific Islander freshman students admitted rose by nearly 60% compared to 2020, but these students still compose less than 1% of the total admitted freshmen. The number of American Indian freshmen admitted remained consistent with past years, rising from 63 students to 73, making up 1% of the total admitted freshman.
Additionally, the UC system admitted the largest class of California community college transfer students this year, 53% of whom are first-generation college students.
However, UCLA admitted a total of 5,305 transfer students, almost a 16% decrease in admitted transfer students compared to 2020.
Of the transfer students admitted, 6% were African American, 1% were American Indian, 28% were Chicano/Latino students and less than 1% were Pacific Islander students.
For the 2021 application year, the UC suspended its use of standardized testing in admission decisions.
The University also provided several temporary admission accommodations including suspending the letter-grade requirement for high school classes taken during either specific terms or the full 2020-2021 academic year or during the winter, spring or summer terms of 2020.