UCI experienced a 7.7 percent rise in applications this year, with a record 88,792 students vying for admission in fall 2015. The growth outpaced the systemwide increase by nearly 2 percentage points.
The university also saw impressive gains in Chicano/Latino and African American freshman applicants. And the campus had 68,740 combined freshman and transfer applications from California residents, the second-largest number of in-state applications in the University of California system.
In addition, UCI continues to be a draw for first-generation college students, who made up 42 percent of applicants, and for low-income students, who made up 32 percent of applicants.