The following is by Hernan Bucheli, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Communications

Given that the May 1 national deposit day has passed, I would like to provide a preview of fall undergraduate enrollment. At this time, cumulative deposits for our new incoming undergraduate class for Fall 2014 are trending somewhat lower than last year, at 585 for first-year students and 110 for transfer students. At the current time, we anticipate carry-forward funds from fiscal year 2013-14 will cover any potential budget shortfall for fiscal year 2015.

The enrollment team continues to work on garnering commitments from students for the fall. During this part of the admissions cycle there are also opportunities to make a stronger impact on transfer recruitment. Consequently, we are enhancing our recruitment and marketing efforts, particularly at our local community colleges. The team will also be focused on tactics to mitigate the summer attrition of deposited students and positioning the College for a stronger recruitment effort in the coming fiscal year. Looking forward, we will be analyzing and prioritizing financial aid and recruitment strategies in order to meet our future enrollment goals.

Additionally, we are on track to have our best out-of-state new student enrollment on record, at 28 percent more than the three-year average. International student deposits are also up compared to last year. Additionally, from the May 1 snap shot, 50.2 percent of our incoming class identify as students of color with the largest ethnic group being Latino (29 percent), followed by Asian Pacific Islanders (19 percent) and African-American (7 percent). Deposits have lagged in California, and most notably in the Bay Area.

Finally, please join me in thanking the Admissions team for building an applicant pool with record numbers of out-of-state and honors-at-entrance candidates.

Sincerely,

Hernan Bucheli
Vice Provost for Enrollment and Communications

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