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Rebounding From Preferences In California

April 5, 1999

The number of minority students admitted to the University of California has rebounded to near 1997 levels -- the last year racial preferences were permitted in admissions considerations.

  • The number of blacks, Hispanics and Indians offered admission to any of the eight undergraduate UC campuses for the coming fall was only 27 students short of the number admitted in the fall of 1997.
  • Last year, admissions of minorities dropped 61 percent at Berkeley and 36 percent at the Los Angeles campus -- with a systemwide total drop of about 9 percent.
  • This year, Berkeley -- which turned away three out of every four applicants -- admitted 29 percent more underrepresented minorities than last year.
  • But because the number of Asian and non-Hispanic whites admitted at Berkeley has risen, the school is still below 1997 totals for underrepresented minorities.

Ward Connerly, the University of California regent who led the fight to stop considering race in admissions, welcomed the news with this observation: "The gloom and doom that was being preached by the proponents of preferences was grossly premature."

Source: Associated Press, "California Sees Minority Admissions Rebound," New York Times, April 4, 1999.


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