A record high 91,512 students from increasingly diverse ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds have applied for fall 2012 admission to UCLA.
UCLA received more applications than any other UC campus. In recent years, this has translated into the highest number of applicants to any four-year university in the nation.
Overall, applications for fall 2012 admission jumped by 12.7 percent over last year, with an 18.1 percent increase in freshman applications (a total of 72,626) and a slight, 4.3 percent decrease in transfer applications (18,886).
Freshman applications from California residents rose by 7.5 percent, from 48,578 in 2011 to 52,231 this year, even though the state has not projected any increase in the number of students graduating from California's public high schools.
Meanwhile, the academic quality of UCLA applicants — measured by high school grade-point average, admissions test scores and the number of academic courses completed — remains high.
Janina Montero, UCLA's vice chancellor for student affairs and interim admissions director, said selecting the 2012 class will be a painstaking process, given the depth of talent and the stellar qualifications of the applicant pool.
"This data shows that students and families highly value the outstanding education UCLA offers," Montero said. "We also are pleased that despite severe state funding cuts and higher tuition, this is our most diverse applicant pool to date."
Among all racial and ethnic groups, those groups traditionally underrepresented at UCLA experienced the largest percentage increase in applications. Chicano/Latino applicants grew by 15.6 percent over last year, while African American and American Indian applications increased by 13.7 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively.
Asian American applicants increased by 6.8 percent, while applications from white students decreased by 2.3 percent, reflecting ongoing changes in the demographics of California's high schools.
UCLA also continued to experience gains among students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college (41.7 percent of total applicants) and those who come from low-income families (39.4 percent).
Freshman applications from out-of-state and international students rose by 57.8 percent, from 12,920 in 2011 to 20,395 this year.
The jump in non-resident applications reflects UCLA's expanded recruitment efforts, as well as student interest in the campus.
"Out-of-state and international students are vital to a world-renowned institution like UCLA," Montero said. "They increase our geographic diversity, bring new ideas and perspectives to campus, and prepare our students to compete and work in a global economy."
Enrollment of non-resident students, however, is carefully managed to ensure they do not displace qualified California applicants. UCLA's priority is to serve California residents, and all non-residents offered admission must meet or exceed the academic qualifications of admitted California students.
Freshman applicants will be notified of UCLA's admission decisions in late March. Admitted students will have until May 1 to notify the campus of their intention to register. Transfer students will be notified of admission decisions by April 30 and will have until June 1 to commit to the campus.
Detailed tables with system-wide statistics and data for all nine UC undergraduate campuses are posted at http://www.ucop.edu/news/studstaff.html.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of nearly 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer 337 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Six alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.