The Daily Californian reported yesterday that The University of California, Berkeley received a record number of applications for Fall 2014 admission. UC Berkeley received 73,711 applications for freshman admission and 16,573 transfer applications, an increase of close to 8 percent over last year.
Last year, UC Berkeley offered admission to 14,103 students for the 2013-14 academic year.
UC Berkeley spokesperson Janet Gilmore is quoted as saying,“We’re pleased to see that, year after year, demand remains high, at record levels, and the academic strength of the applicant pool remains high as well."
Applications across all UC campuses was reportedly also up and has been on the rise for the past 10 years. UCLA received the most applications of all the UC campuses this year.
The largest block of overall applicants to the UC system was from students who identify as Chicano or Latino, with 40,239 applications, or 31.2 percent, of total applications. However, other racial or ethnic groups saw a decline in applicants, including African Americans, Pacific Islanders and white students.
The number of freshman applicants from out-of-state or international locations rose by 19.9 and 18.3 percent respectively, which were similar to increases that occurred last year.