Despite Fee Increases, UC Applications Rise

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Despite record breaking fee increases, the University of California received more applications for the upcoming school year than in past years.

134,029 individuals applied for admission to the nine undergraduate campuses, a 5.8 percent increase from fall 2009, according to data released by the UC Office of the President. Transfer applications increased by 17 percent compared with last year. The UC Berkeley campus also saw a 5.8 increase in applicants compared with last year, rising from 61,882 to 65,474.

The jump can be attributed in part to an increased effort by the university to accept more community college transfer students as well as the decision by the CSU system not to accept spring admissions, according to Susan Wilbur, director of undergraduate admissions for the university.

"It's what I'm calling pent-up demand, people who applied and might have got in and couldn't because CSU was closed," Wilbur said.

Wilbur also credited the stabilization of California high school graduation rates to the relative increase in transfer student applications.

A recent 32 percent student fee increase did not prevent a percent increase in applications from low-income students applying to the university, she said.

"We cannot say definitively it did not have an effect, but overall the application rate went up and we continue to see an increase in the proportion of low-income applicants as well," Wilbur said.

Javier Panzar covers higher education. Contact him at [email protected]

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