Freshmen applications continue to rise for CSU and UC campuses. CSU received 284,000 applications, while UC received 183,000 applications for 2014-2015 admission. UCLA and CSU Long Beach led the pack as the most-applied schools for each system, respectively.
Thanks to aggressive recruitment efforts, out-of-state and international students drove up numbers for UC. Both groups saw a 20% jump in applications from last year, as UC wants to capitalize on the revenue these students will generate with their higher tuition costs. Comparatively, the amount of applications from California high schools remain on-par with last year’s numbers. Plus, considering how the number of high school seniors in California is decreasing year-by-year, it is likely that out-of-state applications will remain on the rise. Notably, these increases work well with UC’s plan to increase enrollment by 1% — about 184,000 students — over the next several years.
Transfer applications also parallel trends in freshmen admission, according to recent reports. California transfer applications fell slightly from last year by 0.5%, while out-of-state numbers spiked 8%. These numbers vary from campus-to-campus, however. For example, Cal Poly Pomona received 4.2% more applications from frosh and transfers compared to a system-wide increase of 2.8%.
In light of the surge of applications, the issue of college readiness is also on the rise. The Los Angeles Times reports that just about 56% of all entering students for CSU are college ready for math and English. While this marks a 12% increase from last year, this number is far from the 90% goal set by CSU trustees in 1996. For both systems, efforts are being made to mitigate this issue, and hope that online courses provides the potential for students to get up to par with coursework in more flexible and accessible ways.