This year promises to be a banner year in term of the number of college applications (yet again) and San Diego County in California is no exception. Following the trend the county and the nation has experienced over the past decade, UC San Diego, San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos are boasting record numbers of students seeking admission for the fall semester.
As applications finish being counted at schools across the country, many expect application numbers to follow the same trend seen in San Diego County. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 64 percent of colleges reported increases in the number of applications they received in 2012. The continuing flood of college application is thanks to the common application, which offers a streamlined way of submitting applications to countless colleges with a click of the button (after students complete the sometimes arduous supplements required by the majority of schools on the common application). As more colleges adopted the common application, students increasingly applied to more schools.
For the first time in 20 years, the percentage of freshmen who submitted seven or more applications declined — albeit slightly, from 29 percent to 28 percent. It's still a safe bet that the numbers of applications will continue their upward trend. After all, UC San Diego, San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos all accept only their own applications and not the common application.