Updated – UCs Received Record Number of Applications for Fall 2018

Updated with press releases from each UC campus.

From the UC Press Room, UC applications break records for 13th consecutive year (December 14, 2017):

In the 13th straight year of record-breaking highs, more than 221,000 students applied for undergraduate admission to the University of California for fall 2018, an overall jump of 5.7 percent over last year, according to preliminary data released today (Dec. 14).

In this year’s application cycle, 221,788 students applied to at least one UC campus — 181,419 as freshmen and 40,369 as transfer students. All nine undergraduate UC campuses saw gains in total applications, ranging from 4.6 percent at Berkeley to 12.4 percent at Riverside. Across the system, freshman applications increased by 5.7 percent, while transfer applications rose 5.5 percent.

UC received 119,626 freshman applications from California high school seniors and 34,347 applications from California Community College transfer students, increases of 7.1 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. Data for California Community College transfer students will ultimately reflect an even higher increase because applications for the Merced, Riverside and Santa Cruz campuses are still open to transfer applicants through January 8, 2018.

Detailed application data can be found at Fall 2018 Application Tables, starting with a basic campus and systemwide application count, and more complex application counts by residency, ethnicity, and certain socioeconomic indicators.

Read my comments regarding the news from an interview with The Mercury News (December 14, 2017).

Below are the press release from each UC campus with application count and analysis. Remember that total application count includes freshman and transfer applicants.

BerkeleyMore than 108,000 students seek admission to UC Berkeley for 2018-19 (December 14, 2017)

DavisUndergrad Applications Hit Record 95,207 (December 14, 2017)

IrvineSweet 116,000! UCI again breaks undergraduate applications record (December 14, 2017)

UCLAUCLA breaks applications record, sees steep surge in California applicants (December 14, 2017)

RiversideUCR applications increase leads UC system (December 14, 2017)

San DiegoA Record 116,452 Freshman and Transfer Students Apply to UC San Diego for Fall 2018 (December 14, 2017)

Santa BarbaraA New Record – UCSB again hits an all-time high, receiving 109,803 applications from prospective freshmen and transfer students for fall 2018 (December 13, 2017)

Santa CruzUC Santa Cruz marks gains in transfer, frosh applications (December 14, 2017)


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  2 comments for “Updated – UCs Received Record Number of Applications for Fall 2018

  1. Kait
    December 17, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    I’m reapplying to UCSB again since I changed my major. I never got a confirmation that they received my application, but i received them from all the others school I didn’t apply to before. Is there a reason?

    • Ms. Sun
      December 18, 2017 at 9:27 AM

      Each campus sends out confirmation on its own timeline. I’m not sure if UCSB sent out confirmations yet. I would suggest that you 1) log back into the UC Application and click on “Application Status” to see if your application was forwarded and 2) check your spam/junk folder to see if maybe the confirmation ended up in there.

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