Record number of students apply for UC admission

  • File - In this June 1, 2011 file photo a group of students walk through the Sather Gate on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. More students than ever are applying for undergraduate admission at the University of California. UC officials said Friday Jan. 18, 2013 that the number of students applying to UC's nine undergraduate campuses rose 8.6 percent to 174,767. That includes freshman and transfer applicants applying for fall 2013. The increase was partly driven by a surge of applications from outside California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has again received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission, attracting strong interest from inside and outside the state, school officials said Friday.

The number of students applying to attend UC this fall rose nearly 9 percent to 175,000, with all nine undergraduate campuses reporting gains. The total includes 140,000 freshman applicants and 35,000 students seeking to transfer, according to university data.

The latest application data shows there's strong demand for a UC education even though tuition has roughly doubled over the past five years to about $13,000 for California residents. Out-of-state students pay about $36,000 in annual tuition.

The number of California residents applying as freshman and transfer students rose nearly 5 percent to 129,000. Domestic out-of-state applications increased 14 percent to 23,000, while international applications jumped 31 percent to 23,000.

The California applicants were 30 percent Latino, 30 percent Asian-American, 29 percent white, 6 percent African-American and 1 percent Native American. The number of applicants rose in each demographic group.

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