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Transfer admissions to UC Berkeley are on the rise

“The growth underscores Berkeley’s appeal to a diverse and talented pool of students," says admissions leader

By Janet Gilmore

Students continue to show high demand for a seat in UC Berkeley’s first-year class, with more than 124,000 submitting applications for fall 2024, according to data released today (Wednesday, March 6) by campus officials.

Compared to fall 2023, there was a slight drop in first-year applicants of about 1%, following many years of record-highs. Applications from transfer students, meanwhile, increased by 11%  over last year to about 21,500.

“We are so happy to see the increase in transfer applicants from California,” said Jocelyn De Jong, Berkeley’s assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate admissions, noting an increase of 115 more applications. “The growth underscores Berkeley’s appeal to a diverse and talented pool of students and serves as a testament to our ongoing efforts to serve California residents and to create an accessible pathway.”

The UC Office of the President released freshman and transfer application data for fall 2024 for all nine undergraduate campuses today that includes charts with detailed data for each campus.

Berkeley saw a slight decrease in first-year applications for fall 2024 from California residents, out-of-state students and underrepresented minority students (a category that includes African American, Latinx and other students). Among transfer student applications, however, there was an increase from California residents and underrepresented minority students.

A total of about 145,700 students (more than 124,000 freshman and about 21,500 transfer) applied for a seat next fall in Berkeley’s first-year or transfer class, up less than 1% compared to the prior year. Among this combined group, there was an increase in students who declined to state their ethnic/racial identity; an increase in the categories of transgender man/trans man and transgender woman/trans woman, and an increase in applicants who declined to state their gender.