UCLA has increased its tuition by 30% but there is no evidence (see below) that the quality of the admitted undergraduate pool has declined or that applications have declined. This "natural experiment" has generated some interesting results. As a biased bystander, I want to see UCLA take the necessary steps to guarantee a consistent stream of revenue. Excellence is not cheap. I am excited that the UCLA class of 2014 looks quite strong. I believe in matching excellence with excellence so maybe I should start to give better lectures.
For Immediate Use
April 14, 2010
More than 13,000 highly accomplished students admitted as UCLA freshmen
Claudia Luther, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chess, debate and athletic champions; budding environmentalists and filmmakers; musicians, mathematicians and skaters, both roller and ice; and enough entrepreneurs and inventors to staff a substantial startup company — all are among the 13,020 freshman applicants admitted to UCLA for the fall 2010 term.
They were selected from a record 57,651 applicants to UCLA, which remains the most popular campus in the nation. The university admitted 22.6 percent of all those who applied, compared with 21.9 percent last year. The fall freshman class is expected to number about 4,700.
"As these numbers prove, UCLA continues to be a strong draw for highly qualified students because of the first-rate education they can get here and the abundance of activities and research opportunities," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "They also have access to more arts, cultural and athletic events on campus than most cities offer."
Block added that, as a public university, UCLA opens its doors to the best and brightest students, regardless of their backgrounds, ethnicities or socioeconomic levels.
"We have students of almost every race and ethnicity, from all parts of the country and the world," he said.
Campus administrators, along with students, alumni, faculty and staff, are now working to encourage the talented students who were admitted to enroll for the fall quarter. Admitted students have until May 1 to indicate their intention to enroll.
Applications to UCLA are read and considered holistically, a process that emphasizes students' achievements in the context of the opportunities available to them and how they have taken advantage of those opportunities.
Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor for student affairs, said the admitted students are outstanding in every way.
"These students demonstrate excellence in all aspects of their lives, whether inside the classroom or outside," she said. "Not only are they extremely competitive in their academic work, but they also demonstrate individual talents in a wide range of fields, including the performance stage, athletics, music, civic involvement and the arts. And of great importance to UCLA, they are strongly committed to being of service to their schools and communities."
Montero noted that among the admitted students are nearly 170 student body presidents; almost 200 National AP Scholars; more than 400 most valuable players in their sports; roughly 950 outstanding musicians; more than 300 Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout leaders; more than 250 black belts in various martial arts; some 600 Science Olympians; about 475 recipients of book awards from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton and other universities; 160 Model United Nations delegates; approximately 160 recipients of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards; more than 460 Academic Decathlon participants; and 3,200 captains of sports or academic teams.
The academic quality of UCLA applicants continues to increase, with nearly half having a grade-point average of 4.0 or above.
The overall GPA of freshmen who were admitted to UCLA is 4.37, compared with 4.35 last year. The average composite score for the SAT reasoning test rose almost 29 points to 2,029.8 out of a possible 2,400. Average scores in math (691), reading (662) and writing (677) were all higher than last year. Admitted freshmen took an average of 21 honors courses and completed 51 college preparatory semester courses — far above the minimum of 30 that is required.
Of the students admitted, 2,226, or 18.9 percent, are underrepresented minorities, including 435 African Americans (3.7 percent), 1,711 Latinos/Chicanos (14.5 percent) and 80 Native Americans (0.7 percent). The 2009 figures were 417 African Americans (3.6 percent), 1,677 Latinos/Chicanos (14.5 percent) and 57 Native Americans (0.5 percent).
In other ethnic categories, admitted freshmen included 5,039 Asian Americans (42.9 percent), 3,702 whites/Caucasians (31.5 percent) and 791 (6.7 percent) whose ethnicity is unknown.
Information about admitted California freshmen at University of California campuses is available at www.ucop.edu/news/studstaff.html. More than 68,000 students were offered freshman admission at UC campuses.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of nearly 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer more than 323 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Five alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
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NOTE: Fall 2010 figures are extracted from March 31 files and do not reflect final figures. The data used reflect information about domestic students, except for the total numbers of applicants and admits, which include international students. This year's figures are compared with official data from 2009. Admissions numbers will change slightly, with final official data available in October 2010. Data provided by the University of California Office of the President are for California residents only.