University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 1
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Enrollment, Universitywide, Fall 1961 to 2009

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

The number of students that the University has enrolled, both undergraduate and graduate, has quadrupled over the past five decades.

This enrollment growth, especially in the number of undergraduates, has been driven both by growth in the number of high school graduates and by the state's and the University's commitment to the Master Plan - that the University admit all eligible undergraduates in the top 12.5 percent of the graduating high school class in California.

As a consequence of that commitment, growth in undergraduate students has vastly outstripped growth in graduate and professional students. In 1961, UC enrolled 71 percent undergraduates compared to 29 percent graduate students; in 2009, the University enrolled about 82 percent undergraduates compared to 18 percent graduate students. As a consequence, the ratio of undergraduate to graduate students has shifted from 2.5:1 in 1961 to 4.5:1 in 2009.

The change in the ratio of undergraduate to graduate students is one of the largest changes in the structure of the University over the past 50 years.

Source: University of California Statistical Summary of Students and Staff. Additional information can be found at: Figures represent general campus enrollment only. UCSF campus enrollment, which includes only health science students, is not included.

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