UCSD admits record number of freshman for fall

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UCSD_studentsLA JOLLA, Calif. — UC San Diego announced Thursday that an all-time high of nearly 25,000 prospective freshmen have been admitted for the fall quarter.

The 24,792 students who got in have a combined grade-point average of 4.11, and the group is the most “ethnically, geographically and socioeconomically diverse class to date,” according to a UCSD statement.

The students, many of whom will also be accepted elsewhere, have until May 1 to decide whether they will attend UCSD.

The number of admissions is up 8.1 percent, or 1,856 students, from last fall, and the GPA is 0.04 higher.

“The academic accomplishments of this year’s admitted class are incredibly impressive,” Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. “I look forward to welcoming this outstanding, diverse group of freshmen.”

According to UCSD, 8.6 percent more low-income students were admitted compared to last year, while 20.2 percent more will be the first in their family to attend college. The class also includes higher numbers of blacks (12.5 percent), Mexican-Americans (17.5 percent), other Latinos (6.6 percent) and Filipinos (4.7 percent) than the previous fall quarter.

About 40 percent of the class is from Southern California.

The most popular declared majors were biology, economics, electrical and computer engineering, chemistry and math.

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