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UC Davis has more than doubled the size of its pool of international applicants in less than two years.

A record 9,413 foreign students have applied for freshman status — up 130 percent from two years ago — as the campus ramps up its 2020 Initiative: a plan to grow the campus by 5,000 undergraduate students and 300 faculty by decade’s end.

That growth will be fueled by adding more international and out-of-state students, who fork over about $23,000 more in tuition. Out-of-state applications have shot up 55.3 percent over the two-year period, to 4,326.

UCD officials have said the growth plan will also allow the campus to add more in-state students. Applications by Californians increased by 10 percent, to 46,757, according to statistics released on Friday.

The campus has expanded its recruiting reach beyond the Pacific Rim and Latin America with new efforts in Africa, the Middle East, Eurasia and Russia, most of that online.

Overall, an all-time best 74,909 students have applied for admission to UCD for the fall — a 7.6 percent increase from last year.

Of those, 60,496 are applying to be freshman (an 8.3 percent increase), while 14,413 are transfer applicants (4.7 percent).

The Davis campus was fifth in total transfer applications, but UC San Diego grew at a faster pace: 7.4 percent.

Those transfer numbers come at a time with Gov. Jerry Brown exhorting California’s community colleges and the UC and California State University systems to cooperate in an effort to graduate more students and do it faster.

The UC system broke its total application record, as well, with 183,272 applicants, up 4.9 percent from a year ago, but the number of transfer students fell — by 0.5 percent, but only UC Merced saw a drop in actual applications.

Last week, UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi announced new partnerships with 14 community colleges, bringing to 35 the number of campuses UCD advisors will visit regularly to meet to discuss transcripts, financial aid, housing and other needs with potential transfer students and parents.

Katehi also pledged to expand a summer program for incoming low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The percentage of this year’s UCD applicants who:

* indicated neither of their parents possesses a four-year degree increased 0.2 percent from a year ago, to 41.1;

* are from low-income homes increased 0.9 percent to 36.7;

* are from low-performing schools held steady at 20.7 percent.

Systemwide, 45.8 percent of applicants indicated they would be the first in their families to graduate from college, 37.8 percent came from low-income families and 23.3 percent came from low-performing schools.

The leaders of the state’s public higher-ed segments have promised to do more to attract and keep low-income students in cooperation with a push by President Barack Obama. All three chiefs attended a White House-hosted gathering of college leaders on Thursday.

By ethnicity, the Californians in UCD’s freshman applicant pool are: 38.7 percent Asian-American, 26.7 percent white, 25.6 percent Chicano-Latino, 4.8 percent African-American, 0.7 percent Native American and 0.4 percent Pacific Islander.

The percentage of Chicano-Latino applicants continued its growth, up 1.2 percent, while the percentage of white students continue fell by that same amount. Other ethnic groups held steady within 0.1 percent.

For the second straight year, Chicano-Latino students were the largest ethnic group among applicants across the system, growing from 32.1 percent of total applicants last year to 32.7 percent.

Asian-Americans make up the largest percentage of the freshman applicants to the Davis, Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego campuses.
Chicano-Latinos lead among applicants to the campuses in Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.

On average, California students, including transfer students, applied to four UC campuses.

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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