Tuesday Sept. 2, 2003
Lavonne Luquis (510) 987-9194
Hanan Eisenman (510) 587-6194


Because of the deep cuts to its 2003-04 budget, the University of California was unable to consider the applications of about 1,500 California Community College transfer students and 100 freshmen seeking Winter admission. UC will refund all application fees to the affected students within three to four weeks.

The state budget approved in July cut UC programs by $410 million and noted that the university will not receive state funding for enrollment growth in 2004-05. This year, UC has already accepted all the students for which it has state funding.

"We have tried to find other ways of coping with the budget cuts, but we have reached a point where the educational experience at the University of California will be severely compromised if we continue to grow without funding to support new students," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "We know our applicants have worked very hard to be eligible to attend UC, and they deserve to attend UC. We deeply regret having to delay their plans."

Earlier this year, UC admitted 14,665 transfer students from the California Community Colleges for Fall 2003, 7.6 percent more than in 2002. It was the fifth consecutive year with universitywide growth in the number of transfer students. In the past, UC has often admitted about 15 percent of its transfers in the Winter.

Winter applications from 500 students with transfer guarantee agreements are being processed at seven campuses. If they meet UC's requirements, they will be extended offers of admission.

Applicants pay a $40 fee per campus. Some students apply to multiple campuses so they may be counted several times in the following campus breakdown of refunds: UC Riverside will refund 848 applicants; UC Irvine, 710; UC Santa Cruz, 687 and UC Santa Barbara, 574. UC Berkeley did not accept any Winter applications. UC Davis and UC San Diego only accepted applications from students with transfer guarantees; UCLA only accepted applications from engineering students.

Refunds were based solely on the university's lack of capacity due to the budget cuts and not on the studentsqualifications. Applicants receiving refunds are encouraged to re-apply in the fall.

In the meantime, to comply with the Legislature's stated intent not to fund enrollment growth next year, the university will consider freezing 2004-05 enrollments of new freshmen, transfer students, and graduate students at their 2003-04 levels, along with other proposals for limiting enrollments. These issues will be discussed at upcoming UC Board of Regents' meetings in September, November and January.

Since 2001-02, the UC system's net state-funded budget has fallen 13.6 percent ($455 million) while overall enrollments have grown by 18 percent. With the state still facing a structural budget deficit of $7.9 billion, state agencies including UC will likely be subject to further budget reductions next year.

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