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UC San Diego Enhances
Recruiting Efforts for Low-Income
and First Generation Students

Campus strives to ensure that diverse, qualified students have access to UC San Diego’s world-class educational opportunities

April 13, 2010

By Christine Clark

At the University of California, San Diego, existing outreach efforts to first-generation and low-income students are being enhanced to assure parents and their families that UC San Diego is accessible and affordable. UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and other university representatives will visit Gompers Preparatory Academy in Southeast San Diego Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m., and community college students at Mesa College Wednesday, April 14 at 2 p.m., to encourage students and share UC information.

 “We are pleased to extend our community outreach programs to middle school and community college students,” Fox said. “Our goal is to inform these students that a UC San Diego education is attainable—we want them here on our campus.”

Since the passage of Proposition 209, which outlawed ethnicity-based admissions policies, UC campuses, including UC San Diego, have introduced programs to encourage first-generation and low-income students to enroll. In addition to UC San Diego’s policies that weigh students’ personal circumstances, the university is piloting a new review system for a small number of students from underserved schools.

One such outreach program, “An Evening with UC San Diego” at Gompers Preparatory Academy, will focus on the UC admissions process, financial aid resources, research opportunities and student life.  The program’s goal is to inspire and motivate parents and their children to stay on track in order to pursue a UC education.  This Gompers outreach program was developed three years ago in response to meetings with various community leaders who stressed the importance of educating young students about access to the University of California and, in particular, UC San Diego. 

On April 14, Fox is joining a presentation by the San Diego Community College District and Mesa College for an “Afternoon with UC San Diego.” The transfer outreach program, open to all community college students, underscores the university’s commitment to strengthen the transfer route as a path to University of California. At the event, students will hear from UC San Diego representatives about the admissions process, financial aid resources, research opportunities and student life from a transfer student’s perspective. Information tables will be available so students can meet one-on-one with UC San Diego staff to ask questions.

“Community colleges are a great avenue to UC San Diego, especially since the UC Regents increased our transfer enrollment this year,” Fox added. “Our transfer students are important to us and that’s why we’ve created a new housing neighborhood on campus specifically for transfer students, complete with modern apartments, dining facilities and retail stores.”

Admissions officers from UC San Diego visit many community colleges in San Diego and Imperial Counties in the fall and spring. They also visit local high schools in San Diego and Imperial Counties every fall prior to the Nov. 30 deadline to apply to the University of California.

Data for UC San Diego freshman applications of underrepresented students for fall 2010 shows an 8.8 percent increase. Admissions director Mae Brown has credited the increase, in part, to UC San Diego’s aggressive outreach efforts.   

“We are dedicated to recruiting and admitting well-qualified and diverse students to ensure that all have access to UC San Diego’s world-class educational opportunities,” Brown said.  “Preliminary admissions data for fall 2010 shows a 6.9 percent increase of underrepresented students from fall 2009 and winter 2010.”

Other UC San Diego outreach programs include:

    • The Preuss School – Located on the UC San Diego campus, this charter middle and high school is dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory education for motivated low-income students who will become the first in their families to graduate from college.
    • TRIO Outreach Program – The purpose of the program is to reach out to those schools and areas in San Diego that lack vital information, resources and college preparation materials. 
    • Early Academic Outreach Program – EAOP at UC San Diego is one of nine such programs administered system-wide by the UC Office of the President to increase the number of low-income and ethnically underrepresented students on UC campuses.

    Media Contact: 

    Christine Clark, 858-534-7618, ceclark@ucsd.edu

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