Institutional Research and Academic Planning
IRAP collaborates with the Undergraduate Admissions office, Diversity and Engagement, and other departments at the Office of the President to provide analytical support to the UC administration and the Academic Senate's Board of Admissions & Relations with Schools (BOARS). IRAP also provides information to UC campuses to support meeting admissions targets.
Summary metrics can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment chapter of the UC Accountability Report (Chapter 1).
Undergraduate admissions content and analysis is separated into four categories below:
- Preliminary data on applications, admissions and statement of intent to register
- Final data on applications, admissions and first-time enrollment
- Information about outreach programs
- Topic briefs and reports
Preliminary data on applications, admissions and statement of intent to register
UC student dataIRAP webpage
UC releases preliminary data on each of the three steps involved in becoming a UC student: prospective students who submit undergraduate applications; the applicants to whom UC offers admission; and the admitted applicants who intend to enroll at one of UC's campuses.
Final data on applications, admissions and first-time enrollment
Freshman admissions summaryUC Information Center
Freshman applicants, admits and enrollments by first-generation status, residency, ethnicity, high school GPA and gender.
Transfer admissions summaryUC Information Center
Transfer applicants, admits and enrollments by first-generation status, residency, ethnicity, transfer GPA and gender.
Freshman and transfer admissions by residency and ethnicityUC Information Center
Freshman and transfer applicants, admits and enrollees by residency and ethnicity.
Freshman and transfer admissions by source schoolUC Information Center
Fall freshman and transfer applicants, admits, enrollees and mean GPA of applicants, admits and enrollees by California high school or California community college.
Transfers by majorUC Information Center
Transfer applicants, admits and enrollees by California community college, UC campus and major.
Geographic origins of entering undergraduates: freshmenUC Accountability Report
The percentage of new CA resident freshman enrollees whose home is within a 50-mile radius of the their campus.
Geographic origins of entering undergraduates: transfersUC Accountability Report
The percentage of new CA resident transfer enrollees whose home is within a 50-mile radius of the their campus.
Information about outreach programs
UC prepares diverse California K-12 students for collegeUC Information Center
UC's college preparation programs serve a diverse group of young California students. Two-thirds of UC's college preparation program participants enroll in California public college systems.
Topic briefs and reports
Analysis of potential use of Smarter Balanced scores in admissions and placement PDFOctober 2021
Analyses of SBAC scores in relation to UC admissions outcomes, as predictors of first year performance at UC (compared to HSGPA and SAT/ACT), as part of simulations of the UC guaranteed admissions pool, and as a potential method for writing placement.
Assessing alternatives to the academic performance index (API) for California public schools PDFOctober 2020
The Unduplicated Pupil Percentage (UPP) is the most suitable available alternative to the discontinued Academic Performance Index (API) metric for California public schools.
UC geographic data displays highlight pipeline diversity opportunities PDFAugust 2020
Institutional Research and Academic Planning has produced an array of resources that focus on geographic distributions of UC data and UC campus pipeline diversity information.
Grade inflation for top California students by high school affluence PDFJanuary 2020
This brief analyzes the issue of grade inflation across California high schools and its ramifications for UC access and enrollment.
Relationship of the SAT/ACT to college performance at the University of California PDFJanuary 2020
An analysis of the efficacy of using SAT/ACT test scores to evaluate college preparedness and predict college success, especially when compared to high school GPA.
UC supports transfer students PDFNovember 2015
The University of California consistently enrolls higher percentages of new transfer students and is committed to increasing the number of transfer students from California Community Colleges.
IRAP experts and requests for additional information
IRAP experts: undergraduate admissions
Tongshan Chang | Matt Reed | Yang Yang
Requests and information