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More high schoolers will be getting thick envelopes from the University of California, San Diego this year than last. The university admitted 19,690 freshmen for fall 2008 and winter 2009, an increase of 2.7 percent from the previous year, according to a press release issued by the school. UCSD received 47,364 applications, the third-largest number in the UC system behind UCLA and Berkeley.

The press release was chocked full of interesting stats. The thick envelope crowd has academic chops: Admitted UCSD students had an average high school grade point average of 4.06, and average SAT scores of 629, 670 and 641 in reading, math and writing respectively. Only a sliver of the students are locals: 44.5 percent of those admitted are from Los Angeles, 24.2 percent are from San Francisco, and 8.4 percent are from San Diego and Imperial counties. Women outnumber men, 56.7 percent to 43.1 percent. (Less than 1 percent didn’t answer.) And many are going where their families haven’t: Nearly 25 percent are the first in their families to attend college.

UCSD also admitted more students of color:

Data for the admission of underrepresented students in the Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 UCSD freshman class show a 6.9 percent increase, compared to the overall campus increase of 2.7 percent. A total 352 African-Americans (down from 392 last year), 2,031 Mexican Americans (up from 1,800 last year), 666 Latinos (up from 636 last year), and 68 Native Americans (down from 87 last year) were admitted in the Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 class.

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