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Fall ’98 Admission Numbers Adding Up

posted June 10, 1998

The fall 1998 freshman class has 3,660 applicants reporting their intent to register. The percentage of admitted applicants choosing Berkeley is up slightly from last year – 44.1 percent, compared to 43.6 percent in fall 1997.

“Berkeley remains an exceptional academic institution that is extremely attractive to students from all ethnicities and diverse backgrounds,” said Chancellor Berdahl. Berdahl launched an aggressive drive this year to recruit exceptional students, especially those from underrepresented minority groups.

Genaro Padilla, vice chancellor for undergraduate affairs, also reacted positively to the large number of students choosing UC Berkeley.

“I am encouraged by the percentage of admitted minority students choosing Berkeley,” said Padilla. “Despite concern that our yield rates would be lower, these results show that all students continue to see Berkeley as a center of intellectual vitality.”

Padilla added that the new outreach and recruitment campaign has proven effective.

“I particularly want to commend the numerous students, faculty and staff who participated in our outreach and recruitment efforts,” he said. “The hours they spent answering questions about academic and social life made students’ decisions to choose Berkeley much easier in this highly competitive environment.”

Of students intending to register, the 376 underrepresented minority students comprise 10.5 percent. Specifically, 185 Chicanos make up 5.18 percent of incoming freshmen. Seventy-nine Latinos, 2.21 percent of the total pool, intend to register. Ninety-eight African Americans will comprise 2.75 percent of the group. American Indians make up 0.39 percent, or 14 members of the fall freshman class.

The campus saw a slight increase in the percentage of white students who intend to register. A total of 1,083 whites are choosing to enroll at Berkeley next fall – 30.34 percent of the total pool, up from 28.81 percent in fall 1997. The 1,527 Asian American students intending to register also has increased – 42.79 percent compared to 41.75 percent for 1997.

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