Preliminary admissions data from the UC Office of the President indicate a 5.8 percent increase in the total number of UC systemwide applicants from fall 2014.
Data from the application cycle show 158,146 people applied for freshman admission for at least one UC campus — a 6.5 percent increase from the previous year. 35,727 people applied as transfer students.
Last year, the UC system had 148,450 freshman applicants.
For the 2014-15 academic year, UC Berkeley received 73,711 freshman applications and 16,573 transfer applications. Data for specific campuses are not yet available for the 2015-16 academic year, according to UC spokesperson Dianne Klein.
The number of black, Asian American, Latino and Pacific Islander applicants also increased. Latinos have comprised the largest block of applicants to UC schools for the past two years and continue to be the largest group applying for in-state freshman admission this year.
This will be the 11th consecutive year of an increase in applicant data, if the preliminary data are confirmed when the finalized report is released in January.