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MARCH 30, 2012

After a four-month long wait, more than 61,000 anxious students received freshman admissions decisions from UC Berkeley Thursday.

UC Berkeley received a record number of applicants this year, but admitted about 12,000 students to the class of 2016 — about the same as in previous years, according to a video posted by the campus Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The UC will release exact statistics on this year’s admissions in mid-April, according to Anne De Luca, associate vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment and acting director of undergraduate admissions.

“I want to thank all 61,000 freshman students who applied this year,” De Luca said in the video. “You are amazing, you shared (with) us wonderful stories and accomplishments. We really appreciate your interest in Cal.”

This year marks the first year the applicants were not required to submit scores of at least two SAT II Subject Tests in order to be considered for admission to the UC. The campus would not comment on whether this affected the applicant pool. De Luca said in an email that the campus would wait on commenting on the admissions process and releasing statistics until similar data is made available by the UC Office of the President.

High school senior Harsh Mujoo was accepted to UC Berkeley for the fall of 2012, and said that while he is still waiting on decisions from other private universities including Stanford University, he will most likely enroll at UC Berkeley.

“I’m considering UCSD and UCLA, but I will most likely come to UC Berkeley,” he said.

Analysis of past admissions data show the campus admitting a greater percentage of nonresident students each year. In 2010, for example, in-state students made up about 73 percent of the total admitted freshman class, while out-of-state and international students consisted of about 18.5 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively.

In 2011, the percentage of out-of-state students increased by about 3 percent, to 21.6 percent, and the percentage of international students increased to 9.6 percent of total admits. The percentage of resident students decreased to 68.8 percent in 2011, according to data released by the UC Office of the President.

Over the past couple years, the cash-strapped campus has been working to bring the overall campus nonresident population to about 20 percent of total students to offset budget cuts from the state.

And admitting more nonresident students seems to be helping the campus meet this goal, as about 18.4 percent of the students submitting Statements of Intent to Register for fall 2011 were out-of-state students, compared with just 4 percent two years earlier. The number of international students also rose, from 6.8 percent in fall 2009 to 11.4 percent in 2011.

Campus officials declined to comment on this year’s admissions cycle until data has been released by the UC Office of the President. However, campus officials told the Daily Cal in fall 2010 that increasing enrollment to 20 percent nonresident students could generate $60 million in additional revenue each year.

“I think in the long run, our target is 20 percent out of state and international students,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said at a press conference in August. “And I think once we get there, we’ll have to find some kind of equilibrium and it’s been quite challenging. And I think at that stage I — or whoever is on the leadership team at that point — will talk again about it.”

Amruta Trivedi is the lead academics and administration reporter.

MARCH 30, 2012

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