University of California

Record-Breaking Number of Students Apply to UC Campuses for Fall 2022 Classes

Signage for the University of California (UC Berkeley) in Berkeley, California, July 2, 2017.
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A record number of students have applied to the campuses of the University of California for fall 2022 classes, according to university officials Thursday.

Systemwide, freshman applications jumped by 7,140 as compared with applications last year, rising by .5 percent to an all-time high of 210,840 for fall 2022 as compared with 203,700 in fall 2021. California freshman applications also saw impressive gains with 3.3 percent growth between now and this time last year.

By comparison with 2020, the growth rate is 16.8 percent.

"The University of California remains an institution of choice for so many hardworking prospective undergraduates," said University of California President Michael V. Drake. "This diverse group of students has shown their commitment to pursuing higher education and we are thrilled they want to join us at UC."

UC's dedicated outreach efforts to California high schools contributed to a surge in applications from California freshmen in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and in applications from low-income students for fall 2022.

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