March 6, 2024

Campus sets new record for first-year applications

UCR also had the highest percentage of in-state applicants among nine UCs

Author: J.D. Warren
March 6, 2024

UC Riverside has set a record for first-year applications for fall 2024, with 57,240, according to numbers released March 6 from the UC Office of the President. The previous UCR record was set this past year, when 56,462 first-year students applied for fall quarter 2023.

Overall applications to the University of California’s nine undergraduate campuses for fall 2024 increased by 9% over fall 2023. That represents a systemwide turnaround from this past year; UC applications were down 2.2% from fall 2022 to fall 2023. The UCs received 250,436 applications — 206,893 for freshman admission and 43,543 applications for transfer admission — for fall 2024.

UCR had the highest percentage of freshmen California applicants among the nine UC undergraduate campuses, with 85%, or 48,633, of its applicants from California. Most — six of nine — UC campuses range from 58-71% for in-state applications.

The numbers showed a rebound in transfer applications, which had slowed during and immediately following the pandemic. For the UC system, transfer applications increased by 10.6%, with the majority coming from the California Community College, or CCC, system. UCR had 12,042 transfer applications, compared to 11,596 for fall 2023.

Forty-nine percent of UCR’s first-year applicants are from underrepresented communities, which includes Black, American Indian, Latino, and Pacific Islander. That’s a higher percentage than seven of the other UC campuses; only Merced had more applications from underrepresented communities. 

UCR also has the second-highest percentages among the UCs in two other categories: first-year students from low-income families, 47%, and applicants who would be first-generation college students, 48%.

"The Fall 2024 admissions data confirms UCR's commitment to a diverse and dynamic student body, showcasing excellence and a collective dedication to building an inclusive community," said Veronica Zendejas, UCR's admissions director.  

Additional details about the University of California’s fall 2024 applicants can be found at:

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