UCSD Receives Record Number of Fall 2001 Applicants

UCSD received more minority applications for fall 2001 in its second record-setting year, while the overall minority percentages in the whole pool remain relatively unchanged.

Freshman applications rose 7.6 percent to 38,082 applications. The university also received 6,936 transfer applications, up 12.3 percent from last year, making the total number of undergraduate applications a record 45,018.

Among the freshman applicants, sizable increases in number were recorded for all ethnicities. Applications of black students rose 10.9 percent to a total of 1,192 of the 38,082 freshman applications received. Black students submitted 3.1 percent of the fall 2001 freshman applications, up slightly from last year’s 3 percent.

Freshman Mexican-American applications totaled 3,537, or 9.3 percent of all applications. The percentage of applications submitted by Mexican-Americans rose to 9.3 percent of the whole from 8.4 percent in the fall 2000 applicant pool.

In addition, Latino applications rose 9.6 percent to reach a total of 1,155. Latinos submitted 3 percent of the applications received for fall 2001, the same as the previous year.

Applications from Native-Americans increased to 210 from last year’s 186, a rise of 12.9 percent. This is 0.6 percent of the applications received, up slightly from fall 2000’s 0.5 percent.

Asian-American applications rose 7.3 percent to constitute 29.2 percent of the total for the fall 2001 quarter, and Filipino-American applicants submitted 16.4 percent more applications than they did last year to make up 4.8 percent of the applicants. The Filipino-American total for 2001 was up from the previous year’s 4.4 percent.

Caucasian applications constituted 14,095 of the 38,082, a rise of 4.1 percent over last year, to make up 37.0 percent of the applications, down from fall 2000’s 39.7 percent.

Transfer applications have been on the rise since 1999. They rose 15.4 percent in 2000.

“”For two years we have had a remarkable and welcome increase in our transfer and freshman applications, as well as from African-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Native-Americans,”” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Joseph Watson.

“”It is reassuring to see that such well-qualified students are responding to our intensive recruitment efforts, such as our partnerships with high schools and community colleges.””

The gender breakdown of the applicant pool for fall 2001 was 54.7 percent female, 44.7 percent male and 0.5 percent undeclared for freshman applications. The female-to-male ratio among applicants has increased since fall 2000, when females constituted 53.9 percent of the applicant pool and males 47.7 percent.

Among transfer applicants, men’s applications rose 15.5 percent, while women’s rose only 9.6.

The largest section of applicants declaring a major (20.9 percent) applied to the social sciences majors. Science and math applicants were 17.2 percent of the total, and applications to the engineering majors constituted 18.1 percent. The engineering majors saw many more applicants than for fall 2000, with a whopping 14.7 percent increase.

A total of 10,578 freshman applicants applied as undeclared majors, 29.9 percent of the applicant pool. The arts and humanities majors pulled 3.6 percent of the pool apiece.

The academic attributes of applicants remained similar to that of the fall 2000 pool. The average high school grade point average of a freshman applicant for next year is 3.72, down slightly from fall 2000’s average of 3.73.

The mean GPA of transfer students remained stable at 3.26, the same as last year.

The average SAT composite score rose to 1213 from 1211. The two-point rise was in the verbal score average, which, this year, was 587. The mean SAT math score remained 626.