New Freshman Numbers Out for Cal

The University of California at Berkeley received a record number  of applications for the 2009-2010 school year and has accepted nearly 13,000  students to its fall freshman class, the university announced Tuesday.
According to the university, 48,640 students applied to be incoming freshmen and 26.6 percent were accepted. The number is up slightly  from last year when 26.1 percent of freshman applicants were accepted.

While some University of California campuses have had to reduce freshman enrollment in response to budget cuts, UC Berkeley's target  enrollment has remained the same as last year -- about 4,300 students for the  fall and another 950 for the spring semester, according to the university.

Although more students already enrolled at the university have become eligible for financial aid, new applications for financial aid do not  appear to reflect the current economic downturn, according to the financial  aid office.

The general makeup of the incoming student body is similar to that of last year's class. Combined, black, Hispanic and American Indian students  make up about 17 percent of the admitted class. Asian-American students  represent about 38 percent of the admitted class and women continue to make  up about 56 percent of admitted students.

Accepted students have until May 1 to decide whether to enroll at the university.

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