UC Berkeley sees surge in freshman applications

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A record-breaking 67,658 students applied to be a part of UC Berkeley’s next freshman class — a 10 percent increase in applicants from last year.

A good portion of that increase came from out-of-state and international students. This year, more than 24,000 applications came from nonresidents, a 22 percent jump from the last admissions cycle.

“9.7 percent is a healthy increase in applications; we are fortunate to choose from students with such outstanding qualities and talents,” said Amy Jarich, UC Berkeley’s assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate admissions, in a statement.

Across the University of California, campuses saw similar jumps in the number of applications received. UCLA received the most applications this year, with more than 80,000 students applying for freshman admission at the campus.

The statistics also show that “Chicano/Latino” students constituted the largest ethnic group among freshman applicants for the first time.

Below are a few charts further detailing admissions statistics at UC Berkeley and the university at large.

Curan Mehra is the executive news editor. Contact him at [email protected].