Latinos Outnumber Whites in UC’s Freshman Class; Blacks at 4%

For the first time in the history of the University of California, freshmen admissions are made up of more in-state Latinos than white students, which puts admissions on par with the demographics of the state. This mirrors Gov. Jerry Brown's prediction that Latinos would pass whites as the state's largest ethnic group.

Lydia O'Connor, writing for The Huffington Post, reports stats showing that 28.8% of California residents accepted to one of the nine UC campuses were Latino. Colleges find the Latino enrollment promising, but 4.2 percent black enrollment is a difficult issue.

The news of the high Latino admissions comes after efforts to reinstate "affirmative action" in California, which failed because of the loud opposition of Asian-Americans who felt factoring race into the equation would be a disadvantage to them.

Audrey Dow of the Campaign for College Opportunity, however, told the Huffington Post:

"If we are going to meet California's need for an additional 1 million baccalaureate degrees by 2025, the state must work diligently to increase the number of Latinos going to and graduating from college."

The Los Angeles Weekly reporter Dennis Romero wrote that the University of California-Los Angeles did not fare as well in its admissions, even in a county that is half Latino. A statement from the school said:

Among Californians, 42.3% of admitted first-year students are Asian-American, 26.0%are white, 22.3% are Latino and 4.4% are African-American.

Berkeley and UCLA were the only two undergraduate campuses that did not admit more international and out-of-state students for the fall. The two colleges also accepted fewer freshmen than they did last year, reports Stephen Adkins in the University Herald. Some have complained that California schools are offering more spaces to out-of-state and international students, but UC's associate vice-president for undergraduate admissions says that they admit as many California students as the state will fund. Admission to UC requires that a student be in the top 9% of his high school class or in the top 9% of students statewide.

Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera, writers for the Los Angeles Times, say that California high school seniors have less than a 1 in 5 chance of being accepted at most UC campuses, and even less a chance of acceptance at Berkeley or UCLA. At the more elite level, Stanford University accepted only 5% of its current applicants.

Other interesting school admission statistics include:

  • UCLA received more applications than any school in the U.S.

  • UCLA and Berkeley historically admit more non-Californians, but this year were the only campuses to admit fewer.

  • At UCLA, African-American students held an event to persuade accepted African-American students to enroll. They were among other groups that did the same.

  • Accepted students had to have decided which school they would attend by May 1. After that, schools offered spaces to wait-listed students.

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