UCSB has received 76,026 undergraduate applications for fall 2013, a 14 percent increase from the year before.

Prospective freshmen filed 62,402 applications, and 13,637 hopeful transfer students applied. Among the UC system, UCSB boasts the second highest increase in freshman applicants from 2012.

Of the 62,402 freshman applicants, only 4,300 will be receiving an acceptance letter. For transfer students, that number is 1,550.

The average grade point average of freshman applicants went up from 3.72 in 2012 to 3.74, and 33 percent of the applicants have a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

The total number of applications from underrepresented minority groups also increased 14 percent from last year. Combined, UCSB received 19,779 applications from those who identify as African American, Native American, and Chicano/Latino.

“The increase in the number of freshman and transfer student applications is an inspiring testament to UC Santa Barbara’s reputation as a top-tier university,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang in a statement. “UC Santa Barbara is recognized as a world leader in academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and innovative teaching. We are proud to be a campus of choice for talented and high-achieving students with diverse backgrounds who enrich our community.”


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