And here it is. The fall, 2011 freshman class just admitted by the school is a whopping 45 percent Asian and Asian American, representing the largest ethnic group, by far, in the field.
And, well, my white girl, that's a lot of Asians in the library.
They belong there, because the GPA of UCLA's incoming class is 4.3, with an SAT "composite score" of 2,039.3.
Gosh, these are some hardcore nerds. But they're not here yet. Only about a third of those accepted were expected to show up (they might head to other schools).
According to a UCLA statement, some of the 15,560 prospective newcomers to Westwood include ...
... a half-dozen young inventors who have attained patents in the U.S. and elsewhere; numerous published poets and writers and the winner of a Braille literary contest; almost 300 Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout Gold Award winners; hundreds of model United Nations delegates; more than 200 student body presidents; over 4,000 captains of sports or academic teams; more than 500 Academic Decathlon participants; nearly 300 martial-arts black belts; and hundreds of accomplished musicians. There are even an award-winning magician and a hip-hop dance champion.
The university looked at a record 61,515 applicants.
The rest of the ethnic breakdown of those given the nod:
-32.1 percent white.
-15.5 percent Latino. (They still use the term "Latinos/Chicanos." Really? Show us the 17-year-old who has a clue what a Chicano is).
-3.5 percent "unknown."
-3.4 percent African American. (This is down from 3.7 percent last fall; and beat out by "unknown"?).
-0.6 percent Native American.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block:
Each year, we are deeply impressed with the quality of our applicants, and this year even more so. The overwhelming majority of the students who applied were well qualified to attend UCLA, so making these decisions was painstaking.
We should celebrate this new class -- in the library.