UC Berkeley’s fall 2002 enrollment figures show more women, more students, in general, have registered
05 November 2002
By Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
- Campus officials announced today that 33,145 students have
enrolled this fall at the University of California, Berkeley,
585 more students than expected.
In all, there are 23,835 undergraduate students and 9,310
graduate students enrolled at UC Berkeley this fall. Among
the undergraduate population there are 3,655 new freshmen.
Compared to last year, the undergraduate population shows
an increase in students from every ethnic group. Women continue
to outnumber men among the undergraduate population and
represent 54 percent of that group.
More than 36,000 highly talented students from across California
apply to UC Berkeley each year, but space only allows for
one in four students to be admitted into the fall freshman
class. Each year, campus administrators set enrollment targets.
"Our goal is to allow as many qualified students as possible
to attend UC Berkeley," said Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor
for business and administrative services. "At the same time,
we also have a commitment to the city of Berkeley to limit
total campus enrollment. We work hard to balance these competing
The increase in the student population comes at a time
when campus officials have taken several steps to reduce
enrollment and remain within the limits of an enrollment
cap set by an agreement between UC Berkeley and the city
Under the agreement, each spring UC Berkeley reports its
enrollment based on a two-semester average headcount, excluding
students who are studying off campus. A campus committee
is looking at strategies to keep the overall student headcount
within the agreed limits.
The agreement, established in 1989, is part of the campus's
Long Range Development plan and runs through the 2005/2006
The increase in students appears to be part of a trend seen
at other universities and colleges across the country. More
undergraduates are staying in school at UC Berkeley - a
record-high 92.3 percent of all freshmen who entered in
fall 2000 are still enrolled in fall 2002. The number of
students classified as seniors continues to increase - in
fall 1999, 7,127 continuing seniors were enrolled on campus;
in fall 2000, the number grew to 7,213; in 2001, there were
7,606; and this year there are 8,413.
of New Freshman Enrolled, by Ethnicity
Final Fall 1999
Final Fall 2000
Final Fall 2001
Final Fall 2002
Subtotal: American Indian,
Data also show the following:
In all, there are 23,835 undergraduates and 9,310 graduate
students on campus this fall. In fall 2001, there were
23,269 undergraduates and 8,859 graduates.
Among new transfer students there are 1,754 students
in the fall 2002 class, compared to 1,723 in fall 2001.
Underrepresented students (African American, Chicano/Latino,
American Indian) represent 16.9 percent of the new transfer
students, up from 16.1 percent in fall 2001.
New graduate students number 2,737 this fall, compared
to 2,624 in fall 2001.
Among the fall freshman class, underrepresented students
(African American, Chicano/Latino and American Indian)
now make up 15.6 percent of the overall freshman class,
up from 14.7 percent in fall 2001.
The percentage of Asian Americans in the freshman class
increased from 44.8 percent last year to 46 percent. And
the percentage of white students dropped slightly from
30.1 percent last year to 29.8 percent. The percentage
of students who identified themselves as "other" or who
declined to state their ethnicity dropped as well.
The total number of international students, undergraduate
and graduate, increased from 2,627 in fall 2001 to 2,653
in fall 2002.
Total Student Enrollment
by Student Status, Gender and Ethnicity