No test scores requirement led to the University of California’s largest enrollment class diversity ever

The new no-test scores requirement led to the University of California System’s largest enrollment class diversity ever.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a full 43% of University of California freshman came from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups this year, the most in system history, through a 13% total increase in student applications.

The takeaway? While the state constitution of California bans public universities from considering race in an admissions decision, the removal of test scores as a factor appears to have racial effects.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.