University of California System Enrollment Increases, UC Berkeley’s Decreases

The UC system admitted a record number of transfer students for the 2018-19 academic year — the number admitted at UC Berkeley, however, decreased.

UC Berkeley’s transfer admits dropped 5.4 percent from 4,752 admits in 2017 to 4,495 in 2018, according to data from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in August 2018. Overall admission dropped 11.2 percent from 20,319 to 18,053. The campus admitted fewer students to hit lower enrollment targets in 2018. According to an email from campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore, transfer and freshman enrollment exceeded admission targets by more than 100 students each in 2017.

“This year, the campus planned a slight reduction in the number of new undergraduates, to bring its overall enrollment more in line with campus resources available to support such rapid growth,” Gilmore said in her email.

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