UC Berkeley students walk through Sather Gate in this photo from 2007. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
UC Berkeley students walk through Sather Gate in this photo from 2007. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The University of California has offered admission to its 2014 freshman class to a record-high number of students — 86,865 students to be exact. There are more state residents and more Latinos than ever, as well as a wide mix of out-of-state and international residents.

The admissions reflect an increase of 4.8 percent over preliminary counts for 2013.

Latinos jumped as a proportion of the total admitted by UC, from 27.6 percent in 2013 to 28.8 percent in 2014. They were the biggest ethnic group among UC applicants and the quickest-growing ethnic group among California high school graduates. That makes them the second-largest ethnic group of state residents admitted to UC, behind Asian-Americans.

White students constituted 26.8 percent of admissions for 2014, followed by African-Americans at 4.2 percent. UC reported that it’s continuing to admit very large and growing proportions of freshmen who would be the first to attend college in their families — 42.5 percent of admitted California applicants. Those who come from low-income families are 37.4 percent, those attending low-performing high schools are 20.9 percent.

Here’s what else UC had to say:

Preliminary data show the number of California applicants admitted — 61,120 — increased by 1.7 percent over last year. Californians continued to make up the vast majority of admitted students. Although four of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses made fewer offers to non-resident students this year, the overall number of such offers increased from a systemwide total of 22,761 in 2013 to 25,745 in 2014. It is important to note, however, that applicants from outside California traditionally decline UC admission offers at a higher rate than do Californians. It is expected that, systemwide, about 13 percent of enrolled UC undergraduates in 2014-15 will be out-of-state and international students.

May 1 is the deadline for admitted students to return their statement of intent to register, the last step in the admissions process before enrollment. In a change for the next admissions cycle, UC will open its 2015-16 application for undergraduate admissions on Aug. 1, two months earlier than in previous years. Completed applications have to be submitted between Nov. 1-30, the same as in prior years.


Patricia Yollin

Pat Yollin has written about all kinds of stuff, including wayward penguins at the San Francisco Zoo, organ transplants, the comeback of the cream puff, New York on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a Slow Food gathering in Italy and the microcredit movement in Northern California. Among her favorite stories: an interview with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch, a profile of Italy's consul general in SF, and a pirate Trader Joe's operation in Vancouver that prompted the grocery chain to sue -- and lose.

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