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UC Berkeley Applications Jump 7.9%

UC Berkeley saw applications swell again for the upcoming year, leading all UC campuses except UCLA in the number of would-be students. More than 90,000 sought admission to Cal for the 2013-14 school year.

UC Berkeley students flock to Caltopia the annual college lifestyle event held at the beginning of the school year. Photo credit: Charles Burress, Aug. 26, 2013
UC Berkeley students flock to Caltopia the annual college lifestyle event held at the beginning of the school year. Photo credit: Charles Burress, Aug. 26, 2013
Applications to UC Berkeley for this coming school year grew by 7.9 percent, topping the 6.2 percent average increase for the 9-campus UC system as a whole, UC officials reported.

Two campuses saw a larger percent rise – 8.7 percent for San Diego and 8.2 percent for Irvine – in the combined total of freshman and transfer applicants, according to preliminary UC figures released Friday.

Freshman applications at Berkeley totaled 73,711, while transfer applications amounted to 16,573.

Berkeley's total 90,284 applications for the 2013-14 school year were a distant second to the 105,824 who applied to get into UCLA and were barely ahead of UC San Diego's applicant pool of 89,537.

The newest campus, Merced, had the fewest applicants – 17,469 – while Riverside attracted the second lowest number of 43,395.

One perhaps surprising outcome was a 0.5 percent decrease in transfer applications systemwide, after having risen 1.1 percent the previous year.

Freshmen applications at all nine campuses rose 6.2 percent for the 2013-14 year, not as high as the 10.7 percent boost the year before.

At Berkeley, both freshman and transfer applications were up this year. Freshmen grew 8.9 percent from previous year, lower than the previous year's of 9.7 percent. Transfer applications at Berkeley rose 3.7 percent for 2013-14, a larger boost than the 1.7 percent rise of the previous year.

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