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Minorities Gain Slots at University Of California

April 5, 2000

Three years after affirmative action policies were abolished at the University of California, more minorities will enter as freshmen this fall than did when race-based admissions policies held sway.

  • In the eight schools in the University of California system, enrollment of black, Hispanic and American Indian freshmen will rise to 7,336 next fall from 7,236 in 1997.
  • However, fewer black, Hispanic and American Indian students are being admitted to the university's flagship campuses at Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Diego and Santa Barbara -- while more are being routed to campuses at Irvine, Riverside and Santa Cruz.
  • Although their numbers will increase, those minorities, as a percentage of freshman admissions, will be 17.6 percent in the fall of 2000, compared to 18.8 percent in 1997, the last year of affirmative action.

Ward Connerly, the University of California regent who led the campaign to end race-based admissions, noted that the removal of racial preferences "does not mean that minority kids will not be educated at one of the best educational facilities in the country."

Source: Barbara Whitaker, "Minority Rolls Rebound at University of California," New York Times, April 5, 2000.


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