No Progress in Black Students Admitted to the University of California System

The University of California recently released data on in-state students admitted to the Class of 2027 at its nine undergraduate campuses. The Class of 2027 was admitted prior to the Supreme Court’s recent decision banning race-sensitive admissions. But under state law, since 1996 the University of California has not been permitted to use race as a consideration in admissions decisions.

Systemwide, 4,855 Black students were admitted to at least one of the nine undergraduate campuses. This was the exact same number as a year ago. But overall, an additional 3,017 students were admitted compared to 2022. As a result, the Black percentage of all admitted students dropped from 6 percent to 5 percent.

At the flagship Berkeley campus, the number of Black admits dropped from 549 in 2022 to 524 this year. African Americans are 5 percent of the students admitted to the Berkeley campus.

At the University of California, Los Angeles, Blacks make up 8 percent of the admitted students from California. This is the highest percentage in the university system. But the actual number of Black admitted students declined by a small amount.

Blacks are 6 percent of admitted students at the Merced campus. But this was down from 7 percent a year ago.

Blacks make up 5 percent of admitted students at th,e University of California campuses at Santa Barbara, Riverside, and Irvine. Blacks are 4 percent of the admits at the Davis, San Diego, and Santa Cruz campuses

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