City News Service
UCSD offered admission to about 34 percent of the prospective freshmen who applied last fall and reflected a systemwide trend of boosting the numbers of out-of-state and international admissions, according to statistics released Monday.
The report from the University of California system showed that 53,455 high school seniors applied to the La Jolla campus, up 11.1 percent over a year previous, and 18,234 were offered admission. The admission total is down by 122 from one year ago, but up about 600 from two years ago.
Those admitted had a grade-point average of 4.09.
"The academic quality of our admitted students is truly impressive and we look forward to welcoming these bright minds to our campus," said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. "We are also pleased that the number of under-represented students admitted to the university went up 15 percent this year and we remain committed to ensuring accessibility and affordability for all
students who want to attend UC San Diego."
About 3,500 of those admitted are considered under-represented minorities.
UCSD was the only campus without an increase in admissions except for Riverside, which reported an unusually large amount of admissions last year.
The UCSD admissions rate was down from 38.1 percent last year and 37.3 percent two years ago.
Across the UC system, 68.2 percent of applicants were admitted, up slightly over the past two years.
The number of applications was up 5.7 percent over the previous fall and the total to be offered admission was up 6 percent.
The figures were released as UC officials grapple with a $500 million reduction in state funding, which could grow depending on what happens to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposals in the Legislature. UCSD's share of the cutback is about $60 million.
More than 12 percent of the students offered admission at UCSD are from out of state, nearly double from two years ago. International pupils make up 11.1 percent of those admitted, almost triple the rate of two years ago.
Students who come from outside California pay substantially higher tuition fees.
UCSD officials said that despite those numbers, 46 percent of the admitted students come from Southern California, with 8.1 percent of them from San Diego and Imperial counties.
Systemwide, 10.7 percent of those offered admission are from outside California, compared to 8.7 percent last year and 7.6 percent the year before.
International students make up 7.4 percent of the group, up from 5.3 percent last year and 4 percent in 2009.
The actual numbers incoming freshmen won't be known until those who were admitted make their college choice.