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- smf: Education funding cuts across the board [K-12 - Community Colleges – CSU – UC ] is evil and shortsighted. However, transfers from community colleges to four-year-programs was always the intent and design of the California Master Plan for Higher Education.
January 14, 2010 | 6:58 pm -- Despite higher student fees, the number of applicants for admission to the University of California for the fall has risen to record levels, with especially strong interest from potential transfer students, officials said today.
Overall, 100,320 students applied to at least one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses for freshman admission this fall, up 2.4% from last year. The figure includes 81,991 California residents, a 1.6% increase, even though the number of the state’s public high school graduates did not grow.
Transfer students showed larger increases, according to the UC data. All told, 33,709 students applied to transfer to UC for the fall term, a 17.5% jump. The 29,396 Californians among them were 18.1% more than last year.
Susan Wilbur, UC’s director of undergraduate admissions, said she was gratified that applicants were not scared off by the $2,500 increase in UC’s basic undergraduate fees for this fall, to about $11,300 annually. She also said the recession may have prompted some who might otherwise have applied only to private colleges to seek admission to UC as well.