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UC on track to enroll 2,500 more Californians this fall, but admission offers decline from last year's near-historic gains

UC on track to enroll 2,500 more Californians this fall, but admission offers decline from last year's near-historic gains

Anthony Mercado and Trent Wiley graduated from Carson High School last month with premier resumes boasting 4.0 GPAs, high school sports and a slew of leadership and volunteer activities.

Mercado won admission to UCLA. Wiley did not.

The two students vied for seats in the most competitive year ever at UCLA, which became the first university in the nation to receive more than 100,000 applications from prospective freshmen — with room for only 5,950 of them.

To fill that class, the Westwood campus admitted 16,494 applicants — down from 17,522 last year, according to

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