More College Freshmen Want To Attend University of California Schools

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2 min readMay 11, 2022


University of California received a record-breaking number of applications for the upcoming fall semester, with UC Berkeley the top draw, the university system announced Thursday.

The nine campus-system received 210,840 freshman applications, a 3.5% increase from last fall. Although overall transfer applications were down, freshman applications, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and low-income students were up this year, the university system wrote in a news release.

The numbers represent a 3.3% growth in California freshman applicants since fall 2021 and nearly 17% growth in freshman applications from fall 2020.

Of the nine campuses accepting freshman applicants, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles had the largest increases in applications. Compared to fall 2021, UC San Diego received 12,866 more freshman applicants, UC Irvine received 11,226 more freshman applicants and UCLA received 10,316 more freshman applicants.

The biggest increase happened at UC Berkeley. The campus received 15,372 more freshman applications than last fall bringing its total to 128,192, but it’s still unclear how many students who applied will get acceptance letters this spring.

UC Berkeley currently is being forced to slash its acceptance by one third, or 3,050 first-year or transfer students, due to a conflict between the university and local neighbors over student growth.

A lawsuit filed by a group called Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods alleges increased student enrollment would make worse the city’s housing crisis and contends the university inadequately reviewed the environmental impacts of an expansion project. An appellate court upheld a judge’s decision to cap student enrollment at 42,327 until the lawsuit is finalized.

UC Berkeley’s deadlines for sending out admission decisions are March for freshmen and the end of April for transfer students.

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