The University of California announced Friday that a record 86,865 students have been offered admission to the fall 2014 freshman class.

The nine-campus system's admissions offers were up 4.8 percent over the preliminary count for 2013, according to a UC news release.

Preliminary data show the number of California applicants admitted -- 61,120 -- increased by 1.7 percent over last year.

But at UC Berkeley, the number of California students offered admission fell by 9.3 percent, or about 1,300 fewer than last year.

Overall, the university again is meeting the California Master Plan goal of offering admission to all freshman applicants who meet the standards, said Stephen Handel, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions.

The preliminary outcomes for fall 2014 also reflect increases in the numbers of admitted California applicants from historically underrepresented groups.

Latinos -- the largest ethnic group among UC applicants and the fastest growing ethnic group among California high school graduates -- increased as a proportion of the total California admits from 27.6 percent in 2013 to 28.8 percent in 2014, according to the release.

Latinos were second largest ethnic group of admitted Californians after Asian-Americans, 36.2 percent of those offered admission.

White students made up 26.8 percent of those admitted for 2014, followed by African Americans at 4.2 percent.

UC officials said the system also counted among the Californians offered admission 42.5 percent who would be the first in their families to attend college, 37.4 percent from low-income families and 20.9 percent from low-performing high schools.

Admitted students have until May 1 to return their statement of intent to register, the final step in admissions before enrollment.

Statistical details of the fall 2014 preliminary admissions are at www.ucop.edu/news/studstaff.html.

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