Latinos Surpass White Freshman Admissions at UC Schools

Latinos Surpass White Freshman Admissions at UC Schools
Future Bruins via UCLA

For the first time ever more Latino high schoolers were admitted to University of California schools than white hopefuls, the system announced over the weekend.

See also: Latinos About to Overtake Whites in California Demographics

This as Latinos were expected in March to surpass whites as the largest racial or ethnic group in the Golden State, period.

But Latinos weren't number one at UC schools: That distinction goes to students of Asian descent, who made up 36 percent of admissions for the fall of 2014, UC officials said:

Latino kids represented nearly 29 percent of admissions for fall, UC says, an increase from 27.6 percent in the fall of 2013.

Whites got a nearly 28 percent piece of this valuable pie, while African Americans continued to get the short end of the stick, comprising 4.2 percent of the fall, 2014 admissions, the system says.

See also: UCLA's Championships Outnumber Its Black Male Freshman (VIDEO)

This even as the number of students admitted, 61,120, represents a 1.7 percent increase over last year, officials said.

At UCLA, the Latino wave hasn't struck quite as hard, even though the campus is in a county that is half Latino. According to a statement from the school:

Among Californians, 42.3 percent of admitted first-year students are Asian-American, 26.0 percent are white, 22.3 percent are Latino and 4.4 percent are African-American. 

Overall, UCLA says it admitted nearly 1 in 5, or 18.2 percent, of the 86,521 soon-to-graduate high schoolers who tried to get in.

Admissions officials say 83 percent of the teens they green-lit will graduate in the top 9 percent of their classes.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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