- For the first time, more Hispanic students than whites have been admitted among in-state residents to attend University of California schools in the fall.
- Of the 61,120 California residents admitted, 28.8% are Latinos, compared to 26.8% for whites, the Wall Street Journal reports.
- Asians are the largest contingent, as they have been for several years, at 36.2%. Black students are at 4.2%, the same as last year.
The numbers may be surprising to some for actually under-representing Hispanic population by a large margin. California’s population of 15- to 19-year-old youths is 49.4% Latino, 29.2% white, 10.9% Asian, and 6% black, and the state prohibits public schools from considering race or ethnicity in admissions. Also of interest in the California admissions numbers: About 43% of the incoming freshmen say they’ll be the first in their families to attend college, and about 13% are from out of state — paying a $35,000 tuition bill compared to the $13,000 rate for Californians.