New UCLA admissions data show that the number of transfer students admitted to UCLA is increasing each year. Of the 11,257 transfers who applied for admission to UCLA for fall 2001, the university admitted a record 4,064 — the largest admitted transfer class in UCLA history. Last fall, UCLA admitted 3,796 transfer students (of 10,352 who applied).
Records show that historically underrepresented groups — Native Americans, African Americans and Chicanos/Latinos — make up 20 percent of the domestic admitted class. UCLA admitted 750 underrepresented students (of 1,951 who applied) for fall 2001, an increase over last year’s 678 (of 1,735 applicants).
“We have embarked on an extensive outreach program with community colleges across the state to encourage more students to apply to UCLA and to increase the overall transfer rates of students from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Alfred Herrera, director of community college partnerships. “The fact that UCLA has received more transfer applications than any other UC campus and has admitted more students than ever is a testament to our continued efforts to reach more students early in their collegiate years so they can become better prepared at the point of application.”
Data show that among underrepresented students admitted to UCLA as transfer students, Chicanos/Latinos make up more than two-thirds of that pool. UCLA admitted 622 of the 1,514 Chicanos/Latinos who applied for admission as transfer students — compared with 557 of 1,342 who applied for fall 2000. Chicanos/Latinos admitted to UCLA as transfers make up 16.6 percent of the total admitted transfer pool, an increase from last year’s 16.1 percent.
African Americans were the only underrepresented group to experience a decline in the number of transfer students admitted for fall 2001. UCLA admitted 97 African Americans (of 352 who applied) for this coming fall, compared with 102 (of 323 who applied) last fall. African Americans constitute 2.6 percent of the total transfer admit pool, down from 2.9 percent in fall 2000.
While Native Americans continue to make up a small percentage (0.8 percent) of the transfer admit pool, the number of transfers admitted for fall 2001 nearly doubled from last year. A total of 31 Native Americans (of 85 who applied) were admitted for fall, up from 19 (of 70 who applied) last year.
Asian Americans comprise 30.1 percent of the total transfer admit pool, slightly up from 29.2 in fall 2000. Of the 2,989 Asian Americans who applied as transfer students, UCLA admitted 1,133 for fall 2001. Last year, 2,712 applied and 1,011 were admitted.
White/Caucasians make up the largest group of transfer students admitted for fall 2001, comprising 38.3 percent of the transfer admit pool — slightly down from last fall’s 39.3 percent. UCLA admitted 1,436 white/Caucasian students (of 3,765 who applied), up from 1,360 (of 3,650 who applied) last fall.
The transfer admitted class includes 312 international students (of 1,335 who applied), a decrease from last year’s 334 students (of 1,137 who applied). Additionally, the admitted class consists of 119 students who identified themselves as “other” (of 289 who applied), up from 93 (of 284 who applied) in fall 2000. UCLA also admitted 314 students (of 928 who applied) who declined to state their race or ethnicity, slightly down from last year’s figure of 320 (of 834 who applied).
Students admitted to UCLA as transfers for fall 2001 have an average grade point average of 3.51, equaling last year’s average. Moreover, students have completed an average of 101.7 units at either a community college or a four-year institution.
In an effort to improve both the overall transfer rates and the diversity of the transfer pool at UCLA, the campus has partnered with 33 community colleges across the state through its Transfer Alliance Program. UCLA also recently entered intensive partnerships with East Los Angeles College, West Los Angeles College and Compton College to accelerate the transfer process and develop a culture of excellence at these community colleges.
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