University of California campuses admitted a record high number of students for this fall, data released today show, including fewer in-state residents than last year and more students from other states and countries.
Across campuses statewide, UC admitted 82,850 students for fall enrollment as freshmen, amounting to an acceptance rate of 59.2 percent. Although UC admitted more students than it did last year, it also received more applications, so the statewide acceptance rate was down, meaning a smaller portion of those who applied have been invited to attend. The admissions include 1,354 fewer California residents than last year and 3,915 more non-Californians.
"California students continued to make up the lion's share of admitted students - 60,089. The overall number of admitted state residents varied slightly by campus -- some increased, a few decreased, and others stayed the same," says a statement from UC's Office of the President.
"The slight decline in the number and proportion of admitted students who are Californians reflects the fallout from years of severe budget cuts to UC, which has enrolled thousands of California students for whom it received no state funding."
As usual, acceptance rates varied tremendously across campuses in the prestigious system. UCLA proved to be the toughest school to get into, while UC Merced admitted the largest portion of applicants.
A full set of UC admissions data is available here.
Fall 2013 freshman admission rates for UC campuses are below:
Los Angeles: 20.1%
San Diego: 36.8%
Santa Barbara: 38.8%
Santa Cruz: 48.6%
PHOTO CREDIT: UC Davis incoming Chinese freshmen sit together during a statistics class at UC Davis in this 2011 file photo. The Sacramento Bee/Manny Crisostomo
Editor's Note: This post has been updated from previous versions to insert UC San Diego in the third slot, admitting 36.8 percent of applicants. Updated at 11:09 a.m. April 18, 2013.