UC 2012 Sees Record Applicants

The University of California is reporting a big jump in the number of students applying for undergraduate admission

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 3:21 PM PDT
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UC 2012 Sees Record Applicants

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A total of 160,939 students, including residents and nonresidents, applied for freshman and transfer admission to the University of California for fall 2012, up 13.2 percent over last year.

University of California San Diego received 75,987 applications. That’s up 7.8 percent last year according to the Associated Press.

University officials said Thursday that a record-high 160,939 students applied for fall 2012. That's 13.2 percent more than last year.

The number of freshman applicants jumped 19.1 percent, driven by a 56 percent spike in applications from out-of-state and international students. Applications from transfer students fell by 4.2 percent.

UC attributes the increase in part to a new admissions policy that's intended to broaden the range of applicants. One big change is that applicants are no longer required to take SAT subject exams.

The university says it saw small increases in the numbers of applications from African American and Latino students, as well as applicants from low-income families.

Here's a breakdown showing the number of applications received by each campus. (Note many students applied to more than one UC campus.)

  • Berkeley: 77,378, up 12.3 percent
  • Davis: 62,515, up 5.3 percent
  • Irvine: 69,908, up 10.5 percent
  • Los Angeles: 91,512, up 12.7 percent
  • Merced: 15,054, up 9.9 percent
  • Riverside: 37,606, up 9.7 percent
  • San Diego: 75,987, up 7.8 percent
  • Santa Barbara: 68,331, up 7.9 percent
  • Santa Cruz: 40,622, up 12.0 percent

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