UC offers admission to 15% more Calif. students after audit

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SAN DIEGO – The University of California will admit 15 percent more California students, particularly African Americans and Latinos, for the fall 2016 semester, the school announced Monday.

The number of California resident freshmen admitted to UC for fall 2016 increased by 8,488 students for a total of 66,123 admissions offers – a 14.7 percent increase over 2015. The admission rate – the percentage of applicants admitted – jumped to 62.7 percent, up almost 7 percent from 2015.

Since last year, offers to Latinos went up to 22,704 from 16,608 and 3,083 from 2,337 for African American applicants.

Nonresident student offers also increased to nearly 33,000, a 7.7 percent hike. UC San Diego was among the most popular three campuses which includes UCLA and UC Berkeley to cap their enrollment of out-of-state students.

The University is on track to enroll an additional 10,000 undergraduates over the next three years.

“We’ve intensified our efforts to boost enrollment of Californians at the University and all indications are that these efforts are working,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “Our commitment to California and California students has never wavered, even through the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression. Now, with additional state funding, we are able to bring in even more California students.”

UC announced the enrollment statistics days after a state audit slammed the education system claiming it hurt California students by admitting too many applicants from other countries and states, Los Angeles Times reported. The audit urged for tougher eligibility standards for those applicants.

“With the end of the recession and the partial restoration of state funding UC is now able to enroll more California students,” UC officials stated.