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Major Increase in Black Admits to the University of California

ucalLast year, 2,653 Black first-year students from California were admitted to one or more of the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California. This was down from 2,712 in 2014 and 2,747 in 2013. In 2015, Blacks were 4.3 percent of all first-year admits from the state of California.

This year, there is some good news. The total number of Black students from California admitted to one or more undergraduate campuses of the University of California increased to 3,464 from 2,653 a year ago. This is a major increase of more than 30 percent. This year, Black students are 4.9 percent of all admitted students.

The number of Black admitted students increased at all nine undergraduate campuses of the university system. The number of African American students from California who were admitted to the flagship campus at Berkeley increased from 342 in 2015 to 401 this year. At the prestigious Los Angeles campus, Black admits increased from 453 to 624. At UCLA, Blacks are 6 percent of all admitted students, the highest level in the university system. Blacks were 3 percent of all admits at the University of California, San Diego, the lowest level among the nine undergraduate campuses.


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