This is rather sobering, but so interesting. If you distilled the UC campuses to 100 students, the numbers would be quite revealing.
83 are from California
29 transfer from community colleges
33 speak a language other than English
54% are female
34 are Asian, 25 are Latinx, 4 are African American, 21 are white
46 have their tuition and fees fully covered
61 pay less than full tuition
56 will graduate with no debt!
40 are first generation students
35 come from low income families
64 are involved with a student organization
68 participate in undergraduate research
47 do community service
86 freshmen will graduate in 6 years
89 transfer students will graduate within 4 years
So, let’s recount my experience. I am from California, I graduated on time, I was a first-generation student, I paid full tuition ($121.50 per semester), I spoke only English, I was not a transfer, I enjoyed community service, and I did some undergrad research. Did I come from a low-income family? We certainly were not rich, but my parents sacrificed everything for my three brother and sisters. And I graduated on time!
I am proud to have graduated from the greatest university in the world!