Number of Black Admits Declines in the University of California System

university-of-california-logoThe University of California System announced that it accepted a total of 92,324 first-year students at its nine undergraduate campuses. There are many students who have been accepted at two or more campuses, but the 92,324 figure is an unduplicated count, meaning that the total is the number of individuals who were admitted to one or more undergraduate campuses.

Among this total, 61,834 students are residents of California and 15,173 are from other states. Another 15,317 students were admitted from foreign countries. The number of students admitted from California is down and the number from other states and foreign countries is up sharply.

Since the number of California students admitted is down, it is not surprising the number of Black students admitted systemwide is down. This year, 2,653 Black first-year students from California were admitted to one or more University of California campuses. This is down from 2,712 in 2014 and 2,747 in 2013. Blacks were 4.3 percent of all first-year admits from the state of California.

There is some good news. The number of African American students from California who were admitted to the flagship campus at Berkeley increased from 303 in 2014 to 342 this year. At the prestigious Los Angeles campus, Black admits increased from 416 to 453.

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