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March 2, 2022

New freshman application record set for UCR

Across the nine undergraduate UC campuses, freshman application records were set

Author: J.D. Warren
March 2, 2022

The University of California, Riverside has posted record freshman applications for fall 2022. 

A total of 54,365 applications were received by the UCR freshman application deadline of Nov. 30. That represents an increase over the previous record of 52,563 for fall 2021. The record prior to that was 49,252 for fall 2020. 

UC-wide, 249,855 applications were received by at least one campus. The other eight UC campuses with undergraduate student populations also saw admissions increases.

Nationally, through Feb. 15, college applications are up 13.9% from fall 2020, according to data from The Common Application. The Common Application is a utility with several hundred member campuses that undergraduate students can use to apply to multiple colleges and universities. It is using fall 2020 figures as a baseline because fall 2021 application numbers were skewed by the pandemic, Common Application officials said.

Forty-nine percent of applicants are Latino, Black, American Indian, or Pacific Islander. Thirty-eight percent of applicants are Asian, and 11% are white. 

Among California residents who applied to UCR, 52% are First-Generation students, and 56% are from low-income families. Those percentages are second highest in the UC system, behind only Merced. 

Freshman applicants will receive admissions decisions on their MyUCR student portals beginning this week; transfer students will be notified beginning this month. Numbers for fall 2022 enrollment are a few months away, after students have finalized their decisions and enrolled in classes. 

Additional details about applicants applying to UCR can be found here, along with campus-by-campus breakdowns.

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