Admissions Statistics 'Noticeably Different'

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Analysis of UC Berkeley 2010 admissions

Reporters Emma Anderson and Katie Nelson talk about the information that has been released about the 2010 UC Berkeley admissions relating to out of state enrollment and the newly implemented waitlist.

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Correction Appended

Students worldwide learned March 25 whether they would be able to attend UC Berkeley, but the recipients of admissions offers were "noticeably different" than in previous years, according to the campus Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Campus officials, including Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, have said since last summer that an increase in the number of nonresident students is necessary in order to alleviate financial strain stemming from the July 2009 $209 million reduction in state support to the campus. Campus officials said last semester that UC Berkeley plans to generate $60 million in additional revenue each year by increasing nonresident students to an eventual 20 percent of the total undergraduate population.

Although data on students admitted for fall 2010 and spring 2011 will not be released until mid-April, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions Walter Robinson did not rule out the possibility that a greater percentage of the incoming freshmen would not be California residents.

"When (admissions) information comes out, there will be some differences that will be obvious," he said.

Robinson declined to comment on exact figures, citing university policy. He added that admitting nonresident students does not mean the quality of those admitted would be compromised.

"We have the same outstanding students coming in from both in and out of the state," he said.

Though the campus received a record 50,312 freshman applications this year, Robinson said the number of students admitted was roughly the same as last year's total of 10,269. However, the campus aims to enroll 4,100 students this year, compared to 4,387 last year.

Exactly 200 applicants were offered placement on the first waitlist in campus history. Waitlisted students will be able to enroll only when the campus begins to receive more statements of intent to register. According to Robinson, if it appears the enrollment target will not be met, the campus will begin to offer students who are on the waitlist full admission.

About 43 percent of accepted applicants matriculate at UC Berkeley, according to statistics from the UC Office of the President.

Robinson said so far the response from students who were invited to join the waitlist has been positive.

"There is no reason to think that we won't find 200 takers for the waitlist," he said.

Connie Kim, a senior at Garden Grove High School in Garden Grove, Calif., said she was invited to join the waitlist but was upset that she did not receive a full admission offer.

"I took it kind of hard-(UC Berkeley) was one of my top choices," she said. "I am not confident that I would get in if I pursued it from my spot on the waitlist. I was actually accepted at UC San Diego. I think I am going to go there instead."


Correction: Monday, April 5, 2010
An earlier version of this article's headline characterized this year's admissions statistics as "notably different," in reference to a quote by Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions Walter Robinson. In fact, Robinson characterized these statistics as "noticeably different."

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Contact Emma Anderson and Katie Nelson at [email protected]

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