By El Gaucho, November 3, 1959
A 3.2 per cent increase in enrollment on the seven campuses of the University of California was reported by President Clark Kerr.
Final registration figures show there are 44,878 students registered in the state-wide University, compared with 43,478 for the fall semester of 1958.
Enrollment on the Santa Barbara campus this fall hit an all-time high with 2,879 collegians, an increase of 5.8 per cent over last fall. Graduate enrollment increased to 66 students, a rise of over 40 per cent.
The increased enrollment — 1400 more students — is comparable to the acquisition of a new campus larger than the Riverside campus, President Kerr pointed out.
“This year’s freshmen were born for the most part in 1941,” President Kerr pointed out. “The wartime bumper baby crops began in 1942, and they will begin to arrive at the University next year. We must be prepared to accommodate them and the even larger waves of students who will swell the University’s enrollment to an estimated 100,000 in 1970.”
Enrollment figures for the various campuses, including a comparison with 1958, are as follows: