Latinos make up the largest group of minority students enrolled for the academic term beginning this autumn at the University of Southern California, the school said Thursday.

Out of more than 46,000 applications, 3,021 students were admitted, of whom 21 percent are members of minorities, more than half of them Hispanics.

USC's dean of admissions, Timothy Brunold, said that about 90 percent of incoming students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes with an average GPA of 3.70.

The number of Latino students admitted for the 2012-2013 academic year is more than twice the number of African Americans and more than six times the number of Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Of this year's freshman class, 14 percent are the first in their families to go to college, Brunold said.

Of the total number of USC undergraduate students in 2011, about 3,300, or 19 percent, belonged to minorities, the largest percentage among the country's private research universities.

Regarding financial aid, USC officials said that the school admits applicants without taking into account their ability to pay for college, and about two out of every three undergrads receive some sort of financial aid.

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