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University of California, Berkeley Announces Admissions to Its Fall 2000 Freshman Class
03 Apr 2000

By Public Affairs

BERKELEY -- The University of California, Berkeley, announced today (Monday, April 3) that more than 8,300 students have been extended offers of admission to the university's fall 2000 freshman class.

In all, 33,192 high school students applied for admission to the fall freshman class, a record number. About one in four students, 8,343, gained admission. The admitted students come from nearly every county in the state and from a wide-range of family income levels.

"This remarkable group of students represents young people from across California and from many different backgrounds," said Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl. "I have no doubt that they will enhance our university by bringing a richness of experience to our campus.

"In the next few weeks I will be joining campus leaders, some of our most notable faculty, and dedicated students in meeting with many of these newly admitted students and encouraging them to attend. As talented as they are, we know they have many offers but we hope they will select Berkeley for an educational experience that is second to none."

Under the UC Berkeley admissions process, each applicant is considered based on both academic achievements and other accomplishments. And the accomplishments, whether academic or other, are evaluated within the context in which they were achieved.

"Our admissions process represents the most comprehensive evaluation we can provide," said mathematics professor Calvin Moore, chair of UC Berkeley's Admissions, Enrollment & Preparatory Education Committee. "Each applicant's file is read and evaluated independently by two expert evaluators. The evaluation is comprehensive and takes into account the opportunities that were available to the student."

(Note: The following statistics are based on all applicants, including California residents, international and out-of-state students. All numbers for fall 1999 and fall 2000 are preliminary counts based on the date decision letters were mailed to students.)

Among the highlights of the admitted class:

·Chicano/Latino admits increased from 741 in fall 1999 to 876 for fall 2000, an increase of 135 students or 18 percent over the previous year. This group had also posted a significant increase in applications, up 22 percent from the previous year.

·African American admits increased from 276 in fall 1999 to 301 for fall 2000, an increase of 25 students or 9 percent. Applications from these students had increased 14.5 percent compared to the previous year.

·Asian American admits increased from 3,196 in fall 1999 to 3,225, an increase of 29 students or about 1.0 percent. Applications from Asian Americans had increased 6 percent compared to the previous year.

·White student admits declined slightly from 2,871 in fall 1999 to 2,767 for fall 2000, a decrease of 104 students or 3.6 percent. Applications from white students had increased slightly, up 1.0 percent compared to the previous year.

·Among students who described themselves as "other," admissions decreased from 147 last year to 133 for fall 2000, a decline of 14 students or 9.5 percent. Applications from students listed as "other" increased 11.7 percent compared to the previous year.

"Our admitted class shows that UC Berkeley continues to offer great opportunity to a wide variety of the state's most talented high school students," said Berdahl.

The admitted students come from 56 of California's 58 counties and span a broad range of family incomes, including a significant number of students from low-income households. About 25 percent of the admitted students are from families with annual household incomes of less than $35,000.

Admitted students have until May 1 to sign and return their intent-to-register letters to UC Berkeley. Campus officials anticipate fall 2000 freshman enrollment of 3,710.

University officials have already begun their efforts to encourage many of the admitted students to enroll at UC Berkeley. A series of receptions has been scheduled across the state beginning April 9 and continuing through April 17. Students, faculty, administrators and others will meet personally with high school students and their families to answer questions about life at UC Berkeley, financial aid issues, housing and other concerns.

These receptions, some for all admitted students and some especially for underrepresented students, will occur in the Bay Area, Los Angeles area, the Central Valley and elsewhere.

Receptions will take place at the homes of alumni, UC Berkeley administrators, faculty and others. On April 12, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown will host a small reception in the evening at his home. On April 9, Susan Hammer, the former mayor of San Jose, will host a reception at her home. And the California Alumni Association will host a series of receptions.

In addition, many admitted students will visit the campus on Cal Day, April 15, when the entire campus is open to the public and special programs are held to introduce prospective students to life at UC Berkeley.



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