9 campuses, 694K applications, $49M

Last Updated on November 10, 2020 by Real College Matters

In the “just saying” category, here’s a campus-by-campus view of this year’s University of California applicant pool. I looked up the latest available published data (from the 2017 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) to give you an idea of how many seats are available in these entering classes (shown in green). Admit rates are not yet available, but they would be significantly higher than the entering class size. This is not a chart, therefore, about selectivity; it’s about bloat and revenue.

693,998 total applications were submitted this year (high school class of 2019),
from 176,530 distinct applicants,
for presumably about 46,000 spots.
About 1 in every 4 applicants matriculated at a UC campus;
approximately 7% of the applications represented a matriculant to the given college.

How much did that cost everyone? Read on after the chart.

Now, the revenue. With the significant disclaimer that I cannot locate even a rule of thumb for estimating how many applicants’ fees are waived, I began calculating how much we’re spending on these things nonetheless.

Wow. Just wow.