Black Applicants to the Undergraduate Campuses of the University of California System Increase, But Only Slightly

The University of California system reports that it received 4,843 applications from African-American Californians seeking admission to the Class of 2015. Blacks made up 5.7 percent of all California applicants. The number of African Americans seeking places at the university’s nine undergraduate campuses was up slightly from a year ago.

UCLA and the flagship campus at Berkeley reported the most black applicants, although both schools saw a drop in the number of black applicants from 2010. African Americans make up 5.5 percent of the total freshman applicant pool from California at both campuses.

In addition, the university system received 1,568 applications from African-American college students seeking to transfer to an undergraduate program at one of the nine University of California campuses. Blacks make up 4.9 percent of all students seeking to transfer to a University of California campus. Black transfer applicants are up only slightly from 2010 but have increased 50 percent since 2009.

Overall, 6,411 blacks from California have applied for admission to the university system. They make up 5.5 percent of all applicants from California. Blacks are about 7 percent of the state’s population.