Report on Fall 2009 California Community College Transfer Admissions Outcomes

The University of California campuses have offered fall 2009 admission to a record 19,607 transfer students attending California Community Colleges (CCC), a 12 percent increase compared to the previous fall term. This outcome parallels the 13 percent increase in applications from CCC transfer students that the University announced in January, and reflects UC’s commitment to a strong transfer function in California.

Table 1 (pdf). At its January 2009 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the recommendation of UC President Mark G. Yudof to increase the fall 2009 enrollment of California Community College transfers by 500 students. With the benefit of strong applicant pools, admissions offers increased at Merced (32.3 percent), Irvine (18.2 percent), Santa Barbara (13 percent), Riverside (12.7 percent), Santa Cruz (9.4 percent), Davis (6.9 percent), Berkeley (6.4 percent), and San Diego (4.9 percent). UCLA remained essentially unchanged from fall 2008 outcomes. An increased number of admissions offer gives students more enrollment options and increases the likelihood of a strong overall yield. Early reports from campuses suggest UC will enroll a record number of CCC transfer students for the fall term, thus meeting the goal established in January.

As a proportion of the admitted class, African American, American Indian and Chicano/Latino students increased from 19.8 percent for fall 2008 to 21.2 percent for fall 2009. This represents an increase of 684 offers to underrepresented minority (URM) students compared to the previous fall. Admissions offers to American Indian students increased by 26.3 percent (+35 students), African American students increased 22.4 percent (+114 students), and 18.9 percent for Chicano/Latino students (+535). All campuses experienced increases in URM admits.

Table 2 (pdf). At 81.8 percent, the overall admit rate for California Community College applicants dropped slightly for fall 2009 applicants compared to fall 2008 (82.5 percent). Admission was slightly more competitive at Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz although these campuses actually offered admission to a greater number of students than the two previous years because of the strength and size of their applicant pools. Irvine, Merced and Riverside experienced slightly higher admissions rates than previous years due to the expansion in their number of admissions offers that exceeded their increases in applications.

Table 3 (pdf). The University received applications from 2,300 international students who are attending California Community Colleges, a 21.9 percent increase (414 students) compared to the previous year. International students attending a California Community College are considered CA residents for admissions purposes, but are non-residents for fee purposes. This year they comprise 9.5 percent of all CCC transfer students offered admission, up slightly from 9 percent a year ago.

In addition to California Community College transfers, the University offered admission to 3,241 applicants from 4-year institutions, bringing the total number of transfer admits to 22,848 as of May 28, 2009. Transfers have until June 1 to submit their Statement of Intent to Register; students who have received a referral offer have until June 15 to make their commitment.