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The demand for a college education keeps growing in California, with the state's premier university system announcing today that it's received a record number of freshman applications for the fall term.

The University of California reports that it's received 99,129 applications from California high school seniors, a jump of 6.2 percent from last year. Applications from out-of-state and international students are also up - by 14.9 percent and 34.5 percent respectively.

All of UC's nine undergraduate campuses saw increases in freshman applications, ranging from a 9.7 percent rise at UC Berkeley to a 16.9 percent rise at UC Santa Cruz. UCLA remains the most sought after campus, with 80,472 high school seniors applying. See a breakdown of applications to each campus at this link.

"Marking a milestone in California demographics, Chicanos-Latinos -- the largest racial/ethnic group among state high school graduates -- now are the largest ethnic group among California freshman applicants," said a statement from UC's Office of the President.

Latinos make up 32.1 percent of the freshman applications from Californians, UC reports.

The news from UC follows a similar announcement from the California State University, which reported last month that it had received a record number of applications to its 23 campuses, a 10 percent increase from last year.


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