The number of freshmen admissions to UC Riverside for the 2021-22 academic year set a record at 34,671, according to campus officials.

“I am gratified to see that UCR continues to serve as a leading access point to the University of California system for residents of the state, and I am looking forward to welcoming our newest Highlanders to campus in a few weeks to engage and connect with the entire UCR community in-person,” said UCR Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services Emily Engelschall.

In the 2020-21 school year, there were 32,708 freshmen admissions. State residents dominate this year’s incoming class at 83%, with the balance made up of out-of-state and international students, according to UCR.

The campus had the fourth-highest number of freshmen admits. No. 1 was UC Davis at 42,726, followed by UC San Diego at 40,616 and UC Santa Cruz at 36,375, according to the University of California Office of the President. Officials noted the data is preliminary and subject to revision.

UCR spokesman JD Warren noted that transfer admissions to UCR were little changed. The number for 2021-22 is 9,222, compared to 9,236 in 2020-21, he said.

“At UCR, the number of freshman students admitted from underrepresented communities set a new record, with underrepresented students representing 44% of total admissions,” Warren said. “Latino students admitted climbed to 39%, virtually on par with UCR’s largest student population, Asian students, who comprised 41% of those admitted.”

The UC system-wide freshmen admissions for the upcoming academic year totaled 132,353, compared to 119,054 in 2020-21, officials said.

The fall term begins on Sept. 23.

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