UC campuses accepted about 72 percent of freshman applicants. Officials say that’s the lowest rate in a decade. They say it’s a result of record applications and state budget cuts. Students must decide by next month whether to enroll at a campus. Susan Wilbur is Director of Undergraduate Admissions. She says it’s not clear how the economy will affect students’ decisions:
“Students who in the past might have considered the University of California may now want to stay even closer to home and enroll at a CSU campus if they have that opportunity or a community college.”
Wilbur says on the other hand, students who might ordinarily have gone to school out of state may choose to stay in California and attend a UC campus. Admission offers rose four percent for Latino students and two percent for African American students. Offers went down six percent for white students and were fairly unchanged for Asian students.