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UCI students enter Aldrich Park on the first day of classes this fall. A record 102,210 (so far) have applied to the campus for fall 2017. Steve Zylius / UCI

UCI receives record-setting 100,000 applications for fall 2017

Campus is No. 1 in UC for jump in freshman hopefuls and for in-state minority bids

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 19, 2016 – A diverse group of 102,210 students have applied to the University of California, Irvine for fall 2017, and that number – a campus record – is expected to grow. The count won’t be final until after the Jan. 3, 2017, transfer applicant deadline.

UCI saw the UC system’s highest numerical jump in freshman applications and is third – behind only UCLA and UC San Diego ­– for the total (85,053). Of those, 63,091 are in-state applications, which puts UCI second – after UCLA – in that category. The freshman cohort also includes the UC’s largest number of underrepresented minority California residents (26,947). The campus attracted the most Chicano/Latino freshman applicants to attend a UC school (23,463) and the third-greatest count of African American freshman applicants (3,220).

“This is wonderful news,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “These spectacular results represent exactly what we have set out to achieve – sending the message to all California residents that an exceptional UC education is accessible to them and that UCI is where they want to be.”

“We’re delighted that so many individuals have accepted our invitation to UCI,” added Thomas Parham, vice chancellor for student affairs. “The outcomes we hoped for have now been realized with crossing the 102,000 threshold for applications, and this would not have been achieved without the hard work and outreach of our admissions staff and our messaging about UCI being both accessible and affordable a magnificent place to fulfill their academic dreams and aspirations.”

Last month, for example, Parham visited Compton High School as part of the fifth year of the Achieve UC initiative, which reaches out to schools and communities that have significant numbers of UC-eligible students but send relatively few to the university. He said applicants have begun to trust the message that their academic dreams and aspirations will be nurtured at UCI.

“One of our goals is to demonstrate that excellence, diversity and inclusion can exist simultaneously, and the numbers reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence,” Parham said.

Highlights of the UCI applications for fall 2017 are:

  • Count so far: 85,053 freshmen, 17,157 transfer students (total not final until after Jan. 3 deadline for the latter)
  • Closing the gap: UCI is behind UCLA by just 387 in the number of California-resident freshman applicants. For fall 2016, the gap was 1,312, and in 2015, it was 2,767.
  • Leading the growth: UCI had the largest increase of all UC campuses in freshman applications (7,272)
  • Outpacing the system: UCI posted 10 percent growth in California-resident applicants and 9 percent growth overall, compared with 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively, systemwide.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

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