Riverside Tops Other UC System Schools in Freshmen Admissions


(This article was written by Mark Nero and published on patch.com on July 26, 2019)

More than 24,000 freshmen from California were admitted to UC Riverside for the fall 2019 term, which is the highest number of in-state freshmen admissions anywhere within the University of California system, campus officials said Friday.

A total of 24,059 residents were accepted by the university, while the aggregate number of freshmen ``admits,'' including those from abroad, was 27,886, Engelschall said. Additionally, 8,552 transfer students from community colleges and other academic institutions were admitted, according to UC data.

UCR freshmen admissions have increased 11 percent since the 2017-18 academic year. Using in-state freshmen numbers exclusively, the university has admitted the highest amount of students of any UC campus over the last three years, according to the data.

The pool of applicants for the fall term, which begins Sept. 26, was 49,200, according to university data. Whether all those students who received acceptance letters show up for classes remains to be seen, but according to UC officials, a high percentage are expected to follow through.

At UCR, Asian-Americans formed the largest block of new enrollees at 44 percent, followed closely by Hispanics at 35 percent. Pacific Islanders comprised the smallest group at less than a tenth of a percent.

The total number of new enrollees within the entire UC system, counting both freshmen and transfer students, was 136,930 -- a new record, according to the UC Office of the President.