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UCSB Breaks Application Number Record

76,026 Apply for Fall 2013, a 14 Percent Increase from Last Year


Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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UCSB has received 76,026 undergraduate applications for fall 2013, a 14 percent increase from the year before.

Prospective freshmen filed 62,402 applications, and 13,637 hopeful transfer students applied. Among the UC system, UCSB boasts the second highest increase in freshman applicants from 2012.

Of the 62,402 freshman applicants, only 4,300 will be receiving an acceptance letter. For transfer students, that number is 1,550.

The average grade point average of freshman applicants went up from 3.72 in 2012 to 3.74, and 33 percent of the applicants have a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

The total number of applications from underrepresented minority groups also increased 14 percent from last year. Combined, UCSB received 19,779 applications from those who identify as African American, Native American, and Chicano/Latino.

The increase in the number of freshman and transfer student applications is an inspiring testament to UC Santa Barbara’s reputation as a top-tier university,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang in a statement. “UC Santa Barbara is recognized as a world leader in academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and innovative teaching. We are proud to be a campus of choice for talented and high-achieving students with diverse backgrounds who enrich our community.”

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These figures are not entirely correct. I understand that UCSB enrolls approx. 4,300 freshmen. But it sends out acceptance letters to approx. 20,000 applicants in order to get that number of students enrolled.

mycroft (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Chllrr. Yang- you also have damn good and underfunded Arts and Humanities departments that are just as important as Engineering/Sciences.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There aren't just "minority groups" anymore. You now have to be in an "underrepresented minority group". I have heard from some that if you're Asian, it's even harder to get accepted to some universities than if you're Caucasian.

The only problem with the art and humanities is that there's very few jobs waiting for those that graduate with those majors.

Botany (anonymous profile)
February 7, 2013 at 5:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Minority" is in the eye and genome of the beholder. Who is really a pure specimen of any particular ethnic composition?

"...those who identify as African American, Native American, and Chicano/Latino" can mean whatever one wants it to mean when clicking on the box in the voluntary "minority" disclosure data field in the application package.

If we all declare ourselves as a "minority" then this label will become meaningless and university admissions or employment hiring will have to become skewed about something else that really matters, such as family income or past opportunities or lack thereof.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
February 7, 2013 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder if the rise in applications is an economic indicator? Would be interesting to see system-wide stats correlated against economic metrics.

What I learned in the College of Engineering helps fill my pocketbook, but by far the most fullfilling classes were in the music department.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
February 7, 2013 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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