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UCSD welcomes large class of first generation and low-income students

Posted: 5:35 PM, Oct 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-05 02:10:06Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - UC San Diego released statistics  Thursday indicating that 37 percent of its freshman and transfer students for the fall quarter are first generation four-year college students, while 40 percent come from low-income families. 

All of the 9,829 incoming students performed near the top of their classes, with a grade point average of 4.07 for high schoolers and 3.47 for transfer students, university officials reported. 

Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said in a news release that the school is excited for the incoming class. 

“UC San Diego is proud to welcome this new class of scholars as they embark on a bold new chapter in their life as Tritons,” Khosla said. 

Despite a fall enrollment of 37,000 students, UCSD was able to fulfill the guaranteed housing it makes to new enrollees, with 91 percent of incoming freshman choosing to live on campus, along with roughly 33 percent of incoming transfer students. 

The school estimates that 38 percent of all students live on campus, a figure which may grow with additional housing options currently under construction. 

New housing projects are set to open in 2020, including the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, which will hold 2,000 beds for undergraduates, and Nuevo West and East, which will hold 808 and 1,356 beds, respectively.