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The Class of 2022

Defining persistence, courage
and heart

The value of a UC degree

That new diploma translates into significant economic and social growth for our graduates. But UC alumni aren’t the only ones who benefit — communities all over California reap the rewards.

See how lives are transformed

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“Investing in Pell is investing in people with the drive, the passion and the tenacity to overcome obstacles. It is investing in a new future.”

Lili Castillo, Class of 2022
UC Irvine, Engineering

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The Power of Pell

More than 28,000 UC students earned a college degree this year with help from the Pell Grant program. Let's keep this program going strong for future students.

Speak out for the #PowerofPell

Breaking news

Helping thousands more Californians earn a degree 

Against the backdrop of record-breaking student applications, UC leaders on July 21 presented a plan to increase enrollment by 23K students over the next eight years — the equivalent of adding another campus to the 10-campus system.

Learn more about the 2030 Capacity Plan

Explore the UC story through data

See detailed metrics on student enrollment, graduation rates, alumni outcomes and more about the University.

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83% of undergrads come from California

2 out of 3 California students who applied last year got in.

56% of California undergrads pay no tuition

UC has one of the strongest financial aid programs in the nation. 

86% of undergrads earn a diploma

Most students complete their studies in just over four years.