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Record number of applicants apply to UC Berkeley for fall 2001 freshman class
30 Jan 2001

By Janet Gilmore, Media Relations

Berkeley - A record number of California high school seniors have applied for admission to UC Berkeley for the fall 2001 freshman class, including an unprecedented number of African American, Chicano, Latino and American Indian students.

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

In all, 27,688 California residents applied for the fall 2001 freshman class. The total number of applications, including those from out of state, was 35,473.

The single most dramatic increase among California applicants occurred among Chicano students, with 2,642 of these students applying to the University of California, 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."

UC Berkeley has greatly expanded its recruitment efforts, adding more staff and visiting more communities. Foremost among this enhanced effort has been more visits to high schools across the state. By the end of this school year, recruitment officials will have visited more than 350 California high schools and distributed more than 800,000 recruitment brochures.

Other enhanced recruitment activities have included:

* Offering more than 50 workshops in which recruitment officials offered tips on writing a personal essay and completing the application.

* Working with community-based organizations such as churches and philanthropic organizations to bring college admissions information to diverse populations.

* Holding informational receptions at UC Berkeley for high school and community college counselors.

* Adding a fourth outreach officer to the Southern California staff and hiring an additional Northern California outreach officer to visit local schools.

All of these efforts appear to be paying off.

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 UC 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. Transfer applicants will be notified in early May.

While admissions officials are pleased that such a broad group of students are interested in attending UC Berkeley as freshmen, they note that only about a quarter of these students will gain admission.

Approximately 8,900 students will be admitted to the fall 2001 freshman class for a targeted enrollment of about 3,800 new freshmen.

"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.

The university's team of 66 professional evaluators began reading applications and essays on January 2. Students will be notified by mail in late March.

Admissions decisions are based on such factors as the applicant's test scores, grades, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and important individual attributes that he or she might bring to the university. All accomplishments are evaluated within the full context of the student's life, including such matters as the opportunities or limitations provided by a student's school or home life.

Students who applied for admissions electronically can log on to the University of California's Pathways system at to determine whether their application has been received.

In addition to the students admitted to the fall 2001 freshman class, approximately 2,550 students from the fall applicant pool will be admitted for Spring 2002 for a targeted enrollment of 860 new spring freshmen.


Statistics for fall 2001 applications for California residents are posted on the University of California, Office of the President web site at NOTE: All numbers are preliminary.