The University of California, San Diego reports it has admitted 24,552 freshmen for the fall 2014 term. The new freshmen were selected from a record 73,437 applications. The university anticipates enrolling a diverse freshman class of 4,900 of students.
Of the admitted UC San Diego students, the average GPA is 4.13 (up from 4.11 last year) and the average SAT Reasoning scores are 651, 699 and 668, respectively, for Critical Reading, Math and Writing, also up from last year’s scores of 642, 692 and 659.
In comparison to last year’s numbers, UC San Diego admitted more students who are the first in their family to attend college (up 9.3 percent). Also, students from 4th and 5th quintile high schools had an increase of 15.1 percent––4th and 5th quintile schools are considered low performing high schools based on their Academic Performance Index (API) from the California Department of Education.
In addition, UC San Diego admitted 4,168 historically underrepresented students, up 4.1 percent from fall 2013, with the largest increase of 8.1 percent coming from Chicano/Latino students, the fastest growing ethnic group among California high school graduates. Data also indicates less African-American applicants were admitted this year compared to last year.
The admitted class for 2014 is geographically diverse, representing a broad range of California residents as well as out-of-state and international residents. The majority of admitted students are California residents. The largest percentage of the admitted freshmen (9,471or 38.6 percent) is from Southern California and the second largest group (6,281 or 25.6 percent) is from San Francisco and other areas of California, while the remaining 35 percent of admits are from outside California. However, it is important to note that California residents accept offers of admission to UC San Diego at a much higher rate than nonresident admitted students. It is expected that about 82 percent of enrolled UC San Diego undergraduates in 2014-15 will be California residents.
The most popular majors chosen by this class are in biology, the social sciences and engineering.
More females than males were admitted for fall 2014. UC San Diego recorded 12,626 (51.4 percent) females compared to 11,539 (47 percent) males with 1.6 percent of admitted students not responding to this question.
Admitted freshmen have until May 1 to indicate whether they will attend UC San Diego. For information on University of California system-wide admissions data, visit the UCOP website.