UC Schools: Accepting More Than Imagined


Jenny Cubas, Front Page/ News Editor

According to the UC data, since last year there has been a 15% increase in offers for admission which is 8,488 more offers than ever recorded since they have been keeping track in 1994. The most underrepresented minority that was admitted were Latinos from 16,000 last year to 22,000 this year being offered an admission and represent 32% of the class admitted. While African Americans grew from 2,000 last year to 3,000 this year, representing 4.7% of freshman admitted. Even though the admission offers for Asian Americans and Whites have increased, the percent admitted have declined (25% for Whites and 34% for Asian Americans.

The amount of freshman admitted has increased from 87,000 last year to 98,000 this year. UC President Janet Napolitano has said that UC schools are currently trying to increase the enrollment size of Californians at the universities. She also stated that in the last eight years, the numbers of nonresidents tripled, so that the extra money can cover budget cuts. In 2007-2008 the state support fell $3.2 billion to $2.2 billion and between the years 2012-1013 and 2016-2017 the state has pledged $3.4 billion in annual increment, but so far has only delivered $2.4 billion.

On another note, a state audit agrees that UC schools should prioritize California students when considering admission. A 116 page report released said that UC schools should make entrance requirements for nonresidents stricter and focus on recruiting more Californians, especially underrepresented minorities. President Janet Napolitano stated that this would be “unfair and unwarranted” because nonresidents contributed $728 million dollars to UC campuses, making it possible to accept more Californians because of budget cuts in 2008. Napolitano also said that without the money from nonresident students, California students would have to pay an additional $2,500 for tuition. Because of a separate deal, the UC schools have agreed to admit 5,000 more California students in return for $25,000 million more dollars and a cap on the increasing tuition. UC schools have guaranteed admission to at least one UC campus for California residents who are in their top %9 in their class, maintained a 3.0 GPA, and taken required classes (such as math and English). Chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents said “There is no doubt the primary focus and responsibility is for California students,” and pointed out that the audit had inaccurate conclusions.