More than 15,400 high school seniors, including more than 9,200 from California, have been accepted for admittance to UCLA, the university announced Tuesday.
The admitted high school seniors for the 2012 fall semester include applicants from all 50 states and 69 countries, according to UCLA. Of the 15,455 admitted students, 9,263 are California residents, while 6,192 are from out-of-state or international. The university also offered admission to 5,300 transfer students.
Admitted students have until May 1 to decide if they actually intend to enroll at UCLA. Transfer students have until June 1 to accept the admission offer.
"These outcomes clearly show that despite our budget challenges, UCLA continues to be a beacon of access and opportunity for students from all backgrounds, including families who traditionally have not enjoyed the benefits of higher education," UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. "I look forward to welcoming this outstanding group of freshmen who undoubtedly will become the next generation of visionaries and ground-breakers at UCLA."
The university had an over-enrollment issue last year because 440 more freshmen than expected enrolled at the university. That meant UCLA reduced its admission of California residents for this fall by nearly 1,800 students to help meet its enrollment target of about 4,000 in-state freshmen. Across the nine-campus UC system, a record 80,289 prospective freshmen were offered admittance, including 61,443 in-state students, according to the UC president's office. All of the campuses except UC Berkeley increased admission offers to out-of-state and international students.
"We have the capacity to educate many more students at our campuses," according to Kate Jeffery, UC's interim director of undergraduate admissions. "What we don't have is the funding to admit more California students. Nonetheless, we continue to honor the California Master Plan, finding a space at one of our campuses for all students who qualify for guaranteed admission."