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April 19, 2005

UCSD Announces Freshman Admissions
Data For Fall 2005 And Winter 2006 Quarters

By Pat JaCoby

The University of California, San Diego has admitted 17,787 freshmen for the Fall 2005 and Winter 2006 quarters, up 633 students for a 3.7 percent increase from the previous year.

The admitted UCSD students were selected from a total 40,514 freshmen applications, with 17,137 admitted for the Fall quarter and 650 for the Winter 2006 quarter.

Mae Brown, assistant vice chancellor for Admissions and Enrollment Services, noted that the academic quality of the incoming freshmen class continues to be outstanding, as this year’s group of admitted students attained a mean high school grade point average (GPA) of 4.05 and an average composite Scholastic Assessment Test
(SAT 1) score of 1314.

Of the 17,787 freshmen, 7,093 were identified as Eligible in the Local Context (ELC), meaning that these are UC eligible students who were identified as the top four percent of their high school graduating class. The average GPA of these ELC student is 4.17 and their composite SAT 1 score is 1298.

More than 1,600, or 9.1 percent, of the newly admitted freshmen are from Sam Diego and Imperial Counties. The largest percentage of the admitted freshmen, at 44.4 percent, come from Los Angeles, followed by San Francisco at 24.5 percent.

The most popular majors chosen by this class, in order, are biology, chemistry, bioengineering, political science and economics. All UC campuses are continuing to see more women than men among the newly admitted classes, with UCSD recording 57.6 percent females compared to 42.3 percent males. Approximately 22.8 percent admitted to UCSD for Fall 2005 and Winter 2006 represent the first in their family to attend college.

Data for the admission of underrepresented students in the Fall 2005 and Winter 2006 UCSD freshman class show a 5.2 percent increase, compared to the overall campus increase of 3.7 percent. A total 346 African-Americans (up from 297 last year), 1603 Mexican Americans (down slightly from 1606 last year), 562 Latinos (up from 483 last year), and 85 Native Americans (up slightly from 83 last year) were admitted in the Fall 2005 and Winter 2006 class.

Admitted freshmen have until May 1 to indicate whether they will attend UCSD.

Media Contact: Pat JaCoby, (858) 534-7404

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