UC Regents to Consider Enrolling 10,000 More Undergraduates from California

"We are committed to sustaining increased access to our campuses ... " says UC President Janet Napolitano

UCR Freshman Convocation 2015 Carrie Rosema

The University of California would enroll 10,000 additional California undergraduates over the next three years, under a budget plan that UC Regents will consider this week.

UC President Janet Napolitano will ask regents on Thursday, Nov. 19 to approve an operating budget that boosts enrollment by 5,000 California freshmen and transfer students in 2016-17, with additional enrollment growth in each of the following two years, the UC Office of the President reported.

“The University of California is meeting the challenge of educating as many students as it possibly can to meet, and solve, the challenges of the future,” Napolitano said. “We are committed to sustaining increased access to our campuses and the world-class education they offer.”

If regents approve, all nine UC campuses that educate undergraduates would see a rise in California enrollment, a move made possible by a state budget allocation of $25 million with an additional $25 million provided by UC.

UCR Admissions Director Emily Engelschall said representatives from all nine UC campuses are in discussions with the UCOP now about how many new students they will receive. She expects to have a better idea about the impact on UCR by early December.

The UC is also requesting an additional $6 million in state funding to enroll 600 more graduate students in 2016-17, and will seek to continue to increase graduate student enrollment at a proportionate rate over the following two years, according to the president’s office.

Increasing graduate enrollment at California’s public research university is crucial to the success of the overall plan.

As faculty are added in tandem with more undergraduates, graduate students will support faculty in the university’s research mission and help with the teaching load associated with undergraduates.

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