Students are continuing to apply to the University of California system in record numbers for the 13th straight year.
Preliminary data released by the UC system Thursday shows nearly 222,000 prospective undergraduates applied for at least one UC school for the fall of 2018 during the application period that ended Nov. 30.
The figures include about 181,000 applications to become freshman and about 40,000 as transfer students.
Those numbers represent an increase of 5.7 percent from last year's stack of applications — which totaled about 206,000.
The total is also bound to grow, as three schools in the system are accepting transfer applications until Jan. 8.
The biggest growth in applicants came for UC Riverside, a school with traditionally lower demand than most in the system.