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UC applications up; transfer interest especially strong

Despite higher student fees, the number of applicants for admission to the University of California for the fall has risen to record levels, with especially strong interest from potential transfer students, officials said today.

Overall, 100,320 students applied to at least one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses for freshman admission this fall, up 2.4% from last year. The figure includes 81,991 California residents, a 1.6% increase, even though the number of the state’s public high school graduates did not grow.

Transfer students showed larger increases, according to the UC data. All told, 33,709 students applied to transfer to UC for the fall term, a 17.5% jump. The 29,396 Californians among them were 18.1% more than last year.

Susan Wilbur, UC’s director of undergraduate admissions, said she was gratified that applicants were not scared off by the $2,500 increase in UC’s basic undergraduate fees for this fall, to about $11,300 annually. She also said the recession may have prompted some who might otherwise have applied only to private colleges to seek admission to UC as well.

Wilbur attributed the rise in transfer applicants to better recruiting by UC and to a change at California’s other public university system. Since Cal State stopped midyear enrollment this year, some students appear to be trying their luck at UC in the fall, she said.

On average, the statistics show, UC applicants are seeking admission at 3.4 campuses. As it has in recent years, UCLA again received the most applications, with 76,313 freshman and transfer applicants, and Berkeley was second with 65,474. Next, in order, were San Diego, Irvine, Santa Barbara, Davis, Santa Cruz and Riverside. Four-year-old Merced, which struggled for applicants in its first years, showed significant gains, although it still ranked last.

UC last year accepted 72% of its freshman applicants and nearly half enrolled. With another round of budget-related enrollment cuts possible, Wilbur said it may be harder for this year’s applicants to gain entrance at their top choice campus. But she said all students who meet academic requirements will land a UC seat, although some will be offered admission only to UC Merced even if they didn't apply there.

—Larry Gordon

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it's good that students can still reach for a goal, such as an expensive uc degree. this shows our yuths dedication. good.

UC system schools have always been revered as among the best public universities, so I'm not surprised at the increased percentage of applicants. Even with the tuition hike UC schools are still in-line, if not marginally higher than other public universities. Compared to other public universities, it's a still a deal pricewise at UC schools!

applications for enrollment in the fall is tallied before there was a spike in tuition costs..make sure the dates are in order Larry

This would be an amazing achievement for UC's and a great opportunity for future and current UC students if we were in a booming economy. However, over the past years, class sizes have grown over 20% and there are more and more students not receiving the proper education because the school has become more profit-oriented rather thane education oriented. Take UC Irvine for example, rather than investing in a better education system, they decided to build a humongous brand spankin new student center with more meeting rooms than can be used. Another prime example is the fact that the DAY a student officially graduates, UC's decide to cut off access to the career centers and job search programs connected with the school. Rather, they decide to put up a fee for these services as if graduates are just another stream of cashflow. Actions such as these DO NOT justify a 110% increase in tuition since 2003. A UC degree has become just another receipt of having gone to school. As a manager of a distinguished MNC, I can say from personal experience that UC education has become so diluted that it really does not impress me anymore. As a UC graduate, I can say that general consensus for grads is "They didn't take great care of me (we were treated as just another $ sign), why would I take care of them (or anyone they expect us to help out)". That is not just my personal opinion, it's a natural reaction that one can't stop from crossing their minds.

it's good that students can still reach for a goal, such as an expensive uc degree. this shows our yuths dedication. good.

Posted by: ferenc | January 14, 2010 at 11:58 PM

You should have stayed in school; you would have learned spelling, sentence construction and use of caps.

They'll keep on jacking the fees and people will blindly accept whatever is thrown at them. That's why alot of people are going under. These poor kids are going to be dragging student loans around for years to come. It's time to get out of CA. Go to a more reasonable state to live in. They're taxing and raising fees like crazy. People can only take so much. Keep your mild weather, I'd rather have money left in the bank than to give it to these thieves.

All UC eligible students are going to be guaranteed a seat--even if it's UC Merced. Well, what is the educational quality of UC Merced? Umm, what about one of the most absolutely highest in the world. As an example, the faculty in the School of Natural Sciences includes 4 Stanford Ph.D.'s; 3 from Berkeley; 2 from Harvard and UCLA. The senior professors left top ranked departments from the best universities--both private and public to teach at UC Merced. Amidst whatever disaster that has fallen on California, the UC-system and UC Merced has kept the promise of educational excellence alive. California students can be assured that world-class education is there for them as long as they study hard.

Berkeley alum (BA to Ph.D.) and a faculty member at a private university in Los Angeles

I would bet most people are out of options and are doing their best to get by. As far as California state schools it's not much of a choice between UC and CSU especially with the budget cuts and fee hikes. I hope these new applicants are prepared to deal with bigger class sizes and a severe cut in teacher's aides, oh and don't forget to bring your printer because the schools no longer want the teachers to make printouts or photocopies to lessen expenses for themselves and pass it on to the students, myself included. Enjoy!

Being a student @ UCLA, I haven't seen anything serious happen from budget cuts...at all. Everything here seems totally normal, classes are still small and professors still have plenty of resources. I'm not sure how other UC's are doing, but this place hasn't changed much despite budget cuts and tuition increases.


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