BERKELEY - Campus officials expect about 23,500 new
and continuing undergraduate students to register this fall,
and just under 9,000 new and continuing graduate students.
An estimated 3,652 freshmen are expected to register this fall,
190 fewer than last year. This drop reflects the campus's initiative
to keep enrollment within limits established under a memorandum
of understanding with the City of Berkeley.
The ethnic breakdown for fall freshmen is projected to be 45.7
percent Asian American; 30.1 percent white; 11.1 percent Chicano/Latino;
4.0 percent African American; 0.4 percent American Indian; and
8.7 percent listed as "other" or who declined to state
Estimates show that women will continue to represent the majority
of the freshman class, though their numbers are expected to
slip slightly this fall, to 53.4 percent, from 55 percent last
New transfer students
The number of transfer students is expected to increase from
1,671 enrolled last year to 1,702 for fall 2002. This is consistent
with an agreement between the UC system and Gov. Gray Davis
to increase the number of community college transfers to UC
Of the transfer students who said they intend to register,
35.8 percent are white; 33.4 percent Asian American; 12.2 percent
Chicano/Latino; 4.1 percent African American; 0.9 percent American
Indian; and 13.6 percent listed themselves as "other"
or declined to state an ethnicity.
Women are expected to comprise 55 percent of the class, up
slightly from 54.6 percent last year.
New graduate students
The approximately 2,800 new graduate students expected to enroll
at UC Berkeley this fall will comprise the largest graduate
student class since 1986. According to the Graduate Division,
the students were accepted to UC Berkeley during the most competitive
year ever for graduate student applications.
UC Berkeley saw a 23 percent increase from last year in the
number of graduate school applications — from 27,338 to
33,569. This number includes applicants to the campus’s
business and law schools. Of the 33,569 applicants, 5,700 were
admitted, and about 2,800 have indicated plans to register.
Last fall, 2,615 graduate students registered.
Women are expected to comprise 47.6 percent of the new group,
up slightly from 47.1 percent last fall.
More applications poured into the Haas School of Business’
full-time MBA program than at any other time in its 104-year
history. Of the record 4,473 applicants, the Haas School had
enrolled 241 as of Tuesday (Aug. 20).
This 37 percent increase from last year is "huge, huge,
huge," said Jett Pihakis, director of domestic admissions
for the Haas School’s full-time MBA program. Pihakis said
the poor economy may best explain the surge.