Overall Black Enrollments at Berkeley Are Down

Reflecting the continuing negative impact on blacks from the California ban on racial preferences in admissions, new data on enrollments for the fall term at the University of California at Berkeley show that the number of black new freshmen on campus is down by 10.5 percent from a year ago. There are 73 new black students who entered the university this fall at a level more advanced than first-time freshmen in 2007. This is an identical number compared to a year ago.

There are 841 black undergraduate students at Berkeley. They make up 3.4 percent of all undergraduate enrollments. There are 322 black students enrolled in graduate programs at Berkeley this year. They make up 3.1 percent of all graduate enrollments. All told, the 1,163 black students at Berkeley this year are about 1 percent less than in the previous academic year.