Jump in minority applications for 2001 freshman class

31 January 2001 | A record number of California high school seniors have applied for admission for the fall 2001 freshman class, including an unprecedented number of African-American, Chicano, Latino and Native-American students.

This increase in applications represents an across-the-board rise in applications from all ethnic groups.

Of the 35,473 applicants for the fall 2001 freshman class, 27,688 were California residents.

The single most dramatic increase among California applicants occurred among Chicano students, with 2,642 of these students applying to the Berkeley, up 18 percent from last year.

"We are very gratified that so many students from communities all across California have chosen to apply for an education at UC Berkeley," said Richard Black, assistant vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment. "Our staff has worked very hard to get out the message about the opportunities a Berkeley education can provide."

Applications from African-American students increased 11.8 percent to 1,225. Applications from American-Indian students increased 16 percent to 166; and applications from Latino students increased 14 percent to 968.

The largest number of applications continues to come from Asian-American students, up 7.9 percent to 9,751 applications, and the category of "white/other," up 6 percent to 9,198 applications.

Among community college transfer students, 5,436 students applied to Berkeley, up from 5,289 at this time last year. The most significant percentage increases in transfer applications involved Chicano students, up 33.8 percent to 574 applications.

Approximately 8,900 students will be admitted to the fall 2001 freshman class, with 3,800 of them expected to enroll.

"While it is just not possible to admit all qualified students, we can guarantee to every single applicant that his or her application will get careful, individual scrutiny," said Black.


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