SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More students than ever are applying for undergraduate admission at the University of California and California State University systems.
The UC system reported Friday more than 183,000 students applied to at least one of its nine undergraduate campuses for this coming fall. The 4.9 percent increase marked the 10th consecutive year of rising applications.
The increase was driven by a sharp jump in applications from students outside California. UC officials reported a 19 percent jump in domestic out-of-state applicants and 21 percent increase in international applicants.
The number of California freshman applicants only rose 0.6 percent to nearly 100,000. On average, in-state students applied to four UC campuses.
The largest number of applications came from Chicano-Latino students, who made up 32.7 percent of California freshman applicants. There was a slight drop in applications from students who identified as white, African American or Pacific Islander.
About 46 percent of California freshman applicants say they would be the first in their families to graduate from college.
Earlier this week, the CSU system reported a record 284,000 students applied to at least one of its 23 campuses for fall 2014. That’s up nearly 10 percent from two years ago.
CSU officials say the Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Diego and San Luis Obispo campuses each received more than 50,000 applications.
University officials say they are developing more fully online courses to allow more students to attend college and earn CSU degrees.