The University of California has for the first time invited more Latino than white students from within California to be freshmen at one of the system's nine undergraduate campuses.

A preliminary count released Friday shows that 17,589 Latino students have been admitted to a UC school for the fall, or 29 percent of all 61,120 California residents who were offered a freshman spot.

That compares to 16,378 in-state white students, who made up 27 percent of the admitted applicants.

Asian Americans are still the largest single ethnic group represented in the in-state class pool, making up 36 percent of all students admitted. Black received 4 percent of the admission offers.

The increase in Latinos reflects the population of California's public schools, where Latino children are now the majority.

Including out-of-state and international students, UC has admitted 86,865 applicants as freshmen.