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Approximately 1,500 fewer high
school seniors will become freshman at University of California campuses than last year this fall.

Fewer students were admitted for Fall 2009 to the UC campuses,
mainly owing to a budget crunch and fewer allotted spaces. While more
than 60,000 students became first-time UC freshmen last year, fewer
than 60,000 have earned that distinction for next fall.

Months ago,
when budget issues throughout California came to a head, UC officials announced that fewer first-time college students
would be admitted to a UC campus for the next

The UC state-granted
funding fell short by about $450 million this year, though in an April
20 announcement that federal stimulus dollars will go towards UC campuses,
the UC Office of the President notes that an additional $268 million
in federal money will help bring down the UC shortfall by $13 million,
to about $437 million.

Approximately three-quarters
(72%) of all UC applicants were secured spaces for next fall at one
or more UC campuses, according to the University
of California newsroom, which marks a drop of about 3.4% from Fall 2008
admission rates. 66,265 applicants were admitted for next fall, 58,631
of which were residents of California. This year marked the most competitive
for many campuses, including traditionally less competitive UC campuses,
such as UC Santa Cruz (which ended up accepting 63.7% of applicant,
or nearly 11% fewer applicants than the previous year) and UC Davis
(which accepted 42.6% of applicants, compared to 52.4% last year), though
the latter has become increasingly more competitive in recent years.

A number of campuses, such UCLA and UC Berkeley (two of the oldest UC
campuses) and UC Merced actually admitted approximately the same, or
even slightly more, applicants than usual. Berkeley admitted 29.5 percent
of applicants. Some Berkeley students were recently in the news for
allegations that minorities were being shafted by tighter admissions,
though that claim was refuted by recent data, showing that of “underrepresented
students,” African Americans, American Indians and Chicanos/Latinos
actually increased their presence on campuses, from 22.9% in 2007, to
26.9% this year, showing that “despite the reductions in admissions
offers…which affected all groups… most campuses registered gains
in the proportion of underrepresented students in their admitted class.”

Nearly half of the UC budget
for 2007-2008 (42%) was provided by “Sales, Services and Auxiliaries,”
according to the University of California Office of the President.