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Cliff Notes May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Victim of Our Own Success

   
     

Why are some freshmen crowded three to a room in Muir? Simple answer: UCSD is too popular. The University received 400 more statements of intent to register than projected for the 2006-07 year, and John Muir College was impacted the most.

Across the entire system, UC Davis,
UC Irvine and UCLA are also overenrolled, however, UCSD has remained second in the UC system in terms of applicant popularity, according to Assistant Vice Chancellor of Admissions and Registration Mae W. Brown. In fact, the admissions website states that there has been a 7.6
percent rise in freshmen applications.

Overall, approximately 4,550 freshmen enrolled this year, with the largest growth in Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, first generation college students and Bay Area residents, according to the website.

“I think that the academic reputation of UC San Diego continues to attract more and more talented students,” Brown stated in an e-mail. “I think [that] all campus departments, undergraduate colleges, the resident deans, the housing office and the staff from the Office of the Registrar worked hard to make sure that students’ needs were met.”
However, some freshmen had a different take on the situation. Juliana Kincannon, a John Muir College freshman, encountered crowded triple rooms and a stressful Fall-Quarter registration with classes that were full. On the other hand, others hope this influx of freshmen will create a much needed boost to a sense of community. According to Meg Gullo, ’07, an adviser in Muir’s Tioga Hall, “With so many people, residents are more social, studying together, waiting in long dining hall lines together and having some collective notion of understanding that they are in the same situation.”

Cliff Notes written by Neda Oreizy, ’08

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"Overall, approximately 4,550 freshmen enrolled this year, with the largest growth in Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, first generation college students and Bay Area residents, according to the website."