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Minority Admissions at UC Almost at 1997 Level

Education: Sharp drop had followed end of affirmative action last year. Top campuses have not fully rebounded.

April 03, 1999|KENNETH R. WEISS | TIMES EDUCATION WRITER

About 3,000 California high school seniors did not get an acceptance letter from any UC campus, despite being fully qualified. UC officials are now scrambling to find a spot somewhere in the system for these students and plan to mail out acceptance notices by mid-April.

The eight UC campuses sent out 47,804 admissions letters, with 7,439 going to African Americans, Latinos and American Indians.

Times staff writer Daniel Yi contributed to this report.

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Minority Admissions

The combined number of blacks, Latinos and American Indians admitted to the University of California this year bounced back nearly to the level of 1997, when affirmative action was still in use. Admission of these "underrepresented" minorities also rebounded at UC Berkeley, but not to 1997 levels. UCLA's minority admissions remained relatively flat, in part because heightened competition for limited seats forced the campus to send out 10% fewer offers of admission.

UC SYSTEMWIDE**

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% change '97 '98 '99 '98-'99 African American 1,510 1,248 1,390 +11% American Indian 334 316 296 -6% Asian American 13,649 13,697 15,415 +13% Latino 5,622 5,258 5,753 +9% White/Other 18,679 16,656 20,488 +23% Declined to State 2,141 6,216 3,579 -42% International 926 873 883 +1% Total 42,861 44,264 47,804 +8%

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UC BERKELEY

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% change '97 '98 '99 '98-'99 African American 562 191 276 +45% American Indian 69 27 39 +44% Asian American 2,925 2,998 3,196 +7% Latino 1,266 600 741 +24% White/Other 2,911 2,775 3,018 +9% Declined to State 496 1,237 716 -42% International 221 206 221 +2% Total 8,450 8,034 8,197 +2%

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UCLA

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% change '97 '98 '99 '98-'99 African American 524 313 300 -4% American Indian 85 50 38 -24% Asian American 4,173 4,228 4,065 -4% Latino 1,512 995 1,013 +2% White/Other 3,506 3,369 3,222 -4% Declined to State* 650 1,655 969 -41% International 192 220 186 -15% Total 10,642 10,830 9,793 -10%

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* Students who declined to state their ethnicity dropped dramatically this year. UC officials have determined that the vast majority who did not report racial information were white or Asian American.

** Admissions totals for eight undergraduate campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside.

Source: University of California

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