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Facts About the University of California March 2002 Office

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Office Of Strategic Communications

UC Campuses Lead Nation in Enrolling Students From Lower Income Families
University of California campuses enroll more low-income students than any other top university in the country, public or private, according to a new study by the James Irvine Foundation. Summary of Lower-Income Students at UC · · The Irvine Foundation looked at the top 40 major universities, as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report 2001 College Guide. Three UC campuses – Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego – are included in this list. Of these top 40 major U.S. universities, which include both public and private institutions, UC campuses enroll the highest percentage of students from lower-income families: o o o · UCLA has the highest enrollment, with 34.8 percent of its students coming from a lower-income background; UC Berkeley is next on the list, with 30.1 percent; UC San Diego ranked third with 28.7 percent.

UC’s own analyses reveal that its other five undergraduate campuses also consistently enroll high percentages of lower-income students: UC Davis (26.2%), UC Irvine (32%), UC Riverside (41.5%), UC Santa Barbara (22.4%) and UC Santa Cruz (24.9%) UC campuses rank significantly better than other flagship public institutions such as the University of Virginia (9%), the University of Wisconsin (11%), and the universities of Michigan and North Carolina (both about 12%). UC campuses also rank better than other California institutions in the study, including the University of Southern California (27%), Stanford University (10.8%) and Cal Tech (16.2%). The new data was compiled by studying the percentage of domestic students who receive federal Pell grant scholarships each year. Data was compiled across institutions using a common formula that compared the economic diversity of various colleges. More information about the study can be found online at www.irvine.org. Pell grant recipients come from low-income families whose earnings are usually below $30,000 a year. This research indicates that UC is successfully meeting the challenge of expanding educational access to high-achieving students from all economic backgrounds.



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